08-12-2008, 08:13 AM
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I have a pretty well planted tank (including cabomba) and have no problems with the oto's and the plants. My oto's have actually helped my plants significantly by going after the hair algae (which everyone says they won't).
I got some pretty good advice from one of the good LFS the other day. We try to fit a specie of fish into a mold, suggesting that ALL of them will act a certain way. In reality, while this mold may be correct in regards to most of the specie, each fish is an individual and has it's own attitude and temperment. People own completely peaceful sharks and completely territorial and fin nipping neon tetras. Oto's, as a rule, do not eat plants. They are notorious and cherished for their algae eating abilities WITHOUT damaging plants. ANY fish can potentially eat your plants. I wouldn't worry about them eating your plants unless you don't have any algae for them to eat, in which case...why would you want oto's anyways?