12-28-2006, 02:48 AM
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Blue, otos are easy to keep in a 10 gallon, and I suggest them to my beginners here all the time. The important thing to remember with otos is that they need good water quality and plenty of food, so don't put them in until the tank has cycled and begun to grow some food supply for them. Otos have a big appetite.
I don't suggest ever putting an algae eater of any kind into a tank that is newer than 6 wks, 8 wks being better, simply to make sure cycling isn't an issue and food supply is available. Many people don't feed their plecos or otos any special food, and the fish tend to starve.
Just like with any other fish, it needs to be provided for... but otos are great for a beginner with a smaller tank. It's a plus because they don't eat the live plants the way a bristlenose or other pleco would, so you can plant the tank up nice to help with filtration, which helps the otos.