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post #11 of 19 Old 07-26-2011, 10:03 PM
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I tried what you said. Feeding my Tetras and then dropping the pellet down.. still no luck. The Tetras are eating it and they're getting so fat Im getting worried..

Is there something else I can try to keep them at bay? should I take the pellet out before these tetra pop?

Heres some pictures of what Im kinda dealing with.. blurry but the best I can do.

I've had that same problem. I take sinking food down by hand and "hide" it under or near a cave like thing I have made from slate and rock. I still have some fish that find it, and it's a feeding frenzy with the bottom dwellers, but I think everyone gets some! If you can find some place in the tank that is less obvious to lie the food, it may at least take your tetras longer to find it.

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post #12 of 19 Old 07-26-2011, 10:10 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the idea! I'll try that tomorrow ! Is it also worth trying to feed them after the lights go out?
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Thanks for the idea! I'll try that tomorrow ! Is it also worth trying to feed them after the lights go out?
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hmmm, you could try that. I've heard of that suggestion. I've not tried it. Just be careful to not overfeed worrying about this. Your otos will get what they need. Mine have done great and seem to be quite good at taking care of what they need. If yours recently had some cucumber, which I think I read you gave them, I'm sure they're good for awhile. Mine love veggies too! I just got a fresh zucchini from a garden, and all the bottom fish were in heaven! :)

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post #14 of 19 Old 08-07-2011, 09:46 AM Thread Starter
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So my otos are still not eating the pellets.

They all look healthy so Im not too worried right now, but I would like to have them eating the pellets eventually.

The problem is, they dont really sit on the substrate..ever. They mainly feed off the glass and plants.

Ive tried breaking the tablets into 4 pieces and putting them in 4 different locations. The tetra find all of them. Ive also tried feeding after the lights go out and again, the tetra find and consume all of the pellet.

The mystery snail does find a piece every now and then though.


What else can I do? Just keep hoping that one day they will find the pellets?
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post #15 of 19 Old 08-07-2011, 12:12 PM
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I've had otos for years, and in my experience they never starve, though there is no (or very little) visible algae of the type they will eat in the tank. They just seem to find food at feeding time once they are hungry. If they are not wasting away (hollow belly is a sign of this) I wouldn't worry; they're eating something.

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I agree with Byron. I don't notice mine ever eating the sinking wafers, because my loaches are all over it, and of course other fish also, that like to see what they can get out of it. My otos are doing just fine, and get what they need, I'm sure. They do like the treat of a veggie once or twice a week, but I think you're fine letting them get along without a lot of stress. Remember, fish are suppose to be "relaxing" not stressful

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post #17 of 19 Old 08-27-2011, 01:20 PM
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While I'm not able to speak on the oto's (although I may want to look at getting some soon), for feeding wafers to my cories and clown pleco I take a piece of PVC pipe long enough to reach the bottom. Then I drop the wafer in and can "aim" the pipe near their rock or hiding place by the driftwood. I've noticed the pleco will find this pretty easy and defends it from the others! :) I like the idea of tapping on the glass at feeding time to let everyone know food is coming. I'll usually feed my tetras first (about 10 mins until lights out) until they don't seem interested. Then, after lights out, I drop in the wafers.
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post #18 of 19 Old 08-28-2011, 09:12 AM
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I thought I saw pics here - and there gone! I wouldn't worry. Your otos will get what they need.

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post #19 of 19 Old 08-28-2011, 10:32 AM Thread Starter
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Just an update, my otos are doing awesome. :) they like to hang out together on the thermometer of all places. ha!

I still haven't seen them eat wafers, but they all have plump bellies so I'm not too worried, and they all 3 enjoy the weekly zucchini treat. :)
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