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post #1 of 9 Old 04-01-2010, 08:04 PM Thread Starter
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My first oto!

This is my brand spanking new otocinclus, named Otto ( very clever I know 8) I just had to share my excitement lol
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post #2 of 9 Old 04-01-2010, 08:05 PM
Cute little thing!
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post #3 of 9 Old 04-01-2010, 08:54 PM Thread Starter
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I laughed when I first saw him because he was so tiny, so I had to bring him home! I'm a sucker that way I guess.
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post #4 of 9 Old 04-02-2010, 09:02 AM
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I just got three of them a few weeks back when my pleco had to be re-homed. Unfortunately, two didn't make it in my 45 gallon community tank (one carcass and one ball of fuzz at the bottom of the tank).

My lone survivor is now in my 5 gal. betta tank and seems to be doing fine. I think they're adorable.

Animal testing is a terrible idea; they get all nervous and give the wrong answers.
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post #5 of 9 Old 04-02-2010, 04:47 PM
Aww i'm sorry to hear about your Oto's!! I'm glad the other is doing good though!
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post #6 of 9 Old 04-02-2010, 11:06 PM Thread Starter
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I've heard that otos can be very difficult to keep. Sorry about your 2. They are cuties though.
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post #7 of 9 Old 04-03-2010, 06:41 AM
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They can be tough to keep as they're sensitive to high nitrates and fluctuating water parameters in general. For that reason, it's best only to add them to tanks that have been set up for a while. They're also schooling fish so if you've got the room to get 5-6 of them that would be great. They also have a reputation for being very picky eaters. The ones I kept wouldn't touch any sort of prepared foods (algae wafers, spirulina flakes, etc.) and would only eat certain types of vegetables (and algae, of course).

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post #8 of 9 Old 04-03-2010, 11:57 AM Thread Starter
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haha yes I've heard that. but I was told they love zucchini so today I think I'll go get some. I do have room in my tank. Currently theres only Otto and 3 male guppies, so a few more otos can certainly be added.
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post #9 of 9 Old 04-04-2010, 04:06 AM
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Definitely give the veggies a shot, as that will be infinitely less annoying than culturing algae for them if it turns out they will eat veggies.

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