01-17-2013, 11:50 PM
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Why did my oto die?
Hey. I bought an oto about 5 months ago. since the day I bought him he was pretty skinny, but I figure he did not just starve because he lived for so long. Anyway, I have 4 other otos that all gained weight rapidly and are now plump and active. So this one little sickly guy started to develop an overal sunken look. His tummy was flat but iit looked like the actual stomach was caved below the skin. His face/nose kind of dented in, and his eyes were tiny! There are always vegetables in my tank liike cucumber, carrotts, celery, algae wafers, spinach, you name it! It was so hard to get him to eat though.
i started to wonder if he was blind. His eyes were so small, and he didn't respond to light changes like the others. He would never run away from things coming towards him until it touched him. So, I started placing the food right next to him in the tank so he could find it easier. A few weeks ago he started brreathing super fast too. Eventually he got to the point that he wouldn't eat at all. The only way he would eat was if I nudged the food under him and very gently pressed his nose into it. Then he'd get all excited and suck on it for awhile. He didn't swim good either, he'd just drift around, and if he passed through the bubbles theye'd just push him up until he ran into a leaf. The day before he died he just lay on his side breathing hard.
RIP lil guy!
Any ideas what was wrong with him? He looked so helpless, yet lasted so long. I just want to know so no one else will suffer the same fate.