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Old 11-29-2013, 05:41 PM   #1
 
Otocinclus Catfish won't eat one just died.

Okay so I bought 6 oto cats pets at home (I know but to be fair the bradford one is really looking after it's fish atm and I couldn't find them anywhere else in my area).

So I got them home and poured them into a tub which I placed into a 28l quarantine tank. I then dripped water from my main tank into this tub which then filled the tub and then the tank in around 2 hours. The tank has a filter (fluvel u1 stuck to bottom outlet pointing up lots of surface movement with ceramic rings from main filter), heater, one fake broad leaf plant, two half cut ceramic pots.

I boiled a fat figure slice of courgette/zucchini for two minutes, cooled it down and placed in in the thank held down by a ceramic weight.

The otos have completely ignored the zucchini or sticking to the fake plant. They hid under the pots and filter but are now sticking to the glass.

About an hour (3 hours after I had finished filling the tank which took two hours) one oto completely went crazy dashing around the tank before turning over (guess heart attack)

water para of both tanks
NH3 = 0
Nitrite =0
Nitrate = 5ppm
ph 6.8
temp 78-79F

So what am I doing wrong. These are the first fish I've done a quarantine tank for and the first fish I've lost. I'm hoping that it was just moving stress but the fact they aren't even looking at the food has me worried.

Any advice would be helpful.

Also I had fry tag along, possibly a molly I have no idea. He's chilling in the quarantine after escaping from my diy fry trap (got through a 1mm drilled hole in the plastic tube I made after finding him). He's floating around quite happy but can I feed him fry food straight into the tank or do I need to get some sort of net/floating fry tub to feed him?

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Old 11-30-2013, 05:08 AM   #2
 
another died in the night. bah
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Old 11-30-2013, 09:44 AM   #3
 
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They prefer algea on real plants or the glass but thats to soon to starve. If those readings are acurate you either had already sick otos. But the behavior seems consistent with temp or PH shock..idk what to tell you since you did acclimate them. Was it a long transport home and their water got too cold?
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Old 11-30-2013, 10:44 AM   #4
 
was about 20 minutes to get them home so not that long. Yes I know that they prefer algae but that's not really an option for the q-tank. The pet shop confirmed my readings so I'm happy I got two replacements which seem to be doing okay.

Still had no luck in feeding them I'm trying banana now. Am I just better leaving the food in the tank, the pet shop told me to leave it for 5 minutes and if they haven't touched it take it out but I'm ignoring that as I've been told they like eating all day. What I've read on the internet is that they usually don't touch veg for 24 hours and it starts decaying.

Putting them in the main tank would be a last resort really.

The fry seems to be doing okay pretty sure it's a guppy using liquidfry to feed it.
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Old 11-30-2013, 11:46 AM   #5
 
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was about 20 minutes to get them home so not that long. Yes I know that they prefer algae but that's not really an option for the q-tank. The pet shop confirmed my readings so I'm happy I got two replacements which seem to be doing okay.

Still had no luck in feeding them I'm trying banana now. Am I just better leaving the food in the tank, the pet shop told me to leave it for 5 minutes and if they haven't touched it take it out but I'm ignoring that as I've been told they like eating all day. What I've read on the internet is that they usually don't touch veg for 24 hours and it starts decaying.

Putting them in the main tank would be a last resort really.

The fry seems to be doing okay pretty sure it's a guppy using liquidfry to feed it.
I dont know about banana. Wouldnt think they'd eat that. And yes they eat all day dont listen to the silly advice from that store lol. Zucchini should be good or better ywt get some veggie wafers. Omega one and hikari make some good ones. Leave the veggies in for up to 12 hrs or if fresh they could last 24hrs but not sure which theyd like more ( fresh or blanched)
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Old 11-30-2013, 11:55 AM   #6
 
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I've heard that yam or sweet potato is often a treat for otos.
They may just be settling in, leave the lights off for a day or so to help reduce stress.
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Old 11-30-2013, 12:23 PM   #7
 
I got some hikari mini algae wafers so I'll drop one in. When I did it last time they left it alone. I've also hooked up the Zucchini to the glass with a sucker maybe that will help. I'll try the sweet potato tomorrow I guess. I take it you boil it or do you just slice it and throw it in?
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Old 11-30-2013, 02:14 PM   #8
 
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I think you need to blanche it first.
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Old 12-03-2013, 01:11 AM   #9
 
I think I'm stable now fingers cross, no losses in 24 hours. I have 4 left but they all look a little fatter now and I see them hanging from the courgette now and they're a bit more active. I'm a little upset about 50% losses.

Once I put them in the main tank in a few weeks I'll leave the quarantine tank running to get some algae build up before putting 3 more in. From what Initial read they would eat veg but what I've read since is that they have better survival rates if the tank is full of algae to begin with so they can feast before trying the veg.

Thanks for the help guys at least I've learnt something.
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