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Old 01-25-2007, 04:04 AM   #1
 
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otos?

im led to believe that these r quite small??? if i decide to get rid of my 7" pleco i may get a couple of these instead? is that a good idea??? as they r smaller i suppose they make less mess?
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Old 01-25-2007, 01:24 PM   #2
 
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im led to believe that these r quite small??? if i decide to get rid of my 7" pleco i may get a couple of these instead? is that a good idea??? as they r smaller i suppose they make less mess?
This post is based on research conducted when I was contemplating purchasing several otos to help me and my Siamese Algae Eaters with an algae problem and not based on experience.
1) You did not indicate the type of pleco but in general 3 to 5 otos will generate less waste than 1 7" herbivorous pleco.
2) You are apparently using the pleco for algae control and the literature indicates that otos are very, very good for algae control.
3) Several species of Otos are very "pretty" fish.
Beginning at Item 431 in the following link are the various otos
http://www.planetcatfish.com/catelog...hp?family_id=4

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Old 01-25-2007, 02:25 PM   #3
 
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Very good idea as opposed to keeping the pleco longer.

yes a lighter bioload, yes good for algae consumption.

I'd get 3 if you can
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Old 01-25-2007, 08:55 PM   #4
 
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I've purchased 9 otos in the last year. I have 4 left. Two of them are huge for ottos, at nearly 2". the other 2, my most recent acquisitions, seem to be doing well. The problems with ottos are 1) that they are sometimes finicky about eating anything other than algae, 2) they seem to be particularly sensitive to fluctuations in water parameters, and 3) they sometimes come in bad health, and then just kick the bucket on you.

A healthy otto will have a pot belly. They will look like they swallowed a jellybean.

Get at least three, and more is better if you have the tank for it. They love to hang out on plant leaves. Right now, one of mine is chilling on a hygro leaf that's just a hair bigger than he is, but they pretty frequently clean algae off the leaves of my sword plants.
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Old 01-26-2007, 03:14 AM   #5
 
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yes i need them for algae control. the pleco is a common one and is just getting too big for my tank! will they eat normal sinking pellets? i have seen a pic of 1 oto and i think they r really cute!! and seein as they take less space than my pleco would i think 3 would fit nicely in my tank!
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Old 01-26-2007, 03:17 AM   #6
 
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They would definately love to eat Algae wafers but sinking pellets should be fine..... :D

Hope this helps! :D
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Old 01-26-2007, 07:18 AM   #7
 
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In my experience, they will usually eat algae wafers, but not sinking pellets. They're strict vegetarians.
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Old 01-26-2007, 08:26 PM   #8
 
they dont eat any brand name food, well my ones dont at least, they only eat fresh grown algae :)
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Old 02-12-2007, 08:34 PM   #9
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I have a coupl eof them and have yet to see them eat anythign but alage off the plants and glass. but thier bellys are always round and they seem healthy so i dont worry to much. i actually encourage alage to grow anyway to feed them and my farowella. They are def a lighter bioload then a pleco to.
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