I just got a new otocinclus today , and I'm wondering what I should be doing to keep him happy.
I have a 20 gallon tank with aquarium salt in it. I had brown algae developing on the glass before, but I cleaned it out and turned down the amount of time I kept lights on. This was before I planned on getting an oto.
I plan on keeping my lights on more often now so that algae can start growing again.
I have several questions though. Will keeping the lights on be enough? I normally feed all my fish Omega One Veggie Rounds every 2-3 days. Will I need to adjust that? I also feed all my fish peas every 4 days or so. Is there anything else I need to do?
I also know oto diets should be supplemented with vegetables like zuchinni and lettuce, but how do I do that? How do I get my oto to notice food? I put in a blanched pea today, but my mollies and swordtails jumped right at it while the oto didn't even notice it.
I got mixed messages from websites and pet stores about keeping otos in schools. Some websites say otos don't care about schooling, other websites say they prefer to be in groups of 3 or more.
Is it essential that I get more otos? I'm not sure about getting more because I'm worried whether more than one oto will have enough to graze on in my small tank.
How will I know if my oto is happy/healthy? I know it should have a full, round belly, and it does. I also know it should be pooping most of the time, which it is.
I know I'm asking for a lot of info. I have a general idea of how to take care of them. But I just want to be totally prepared.