I think these incredible little fish are so under-rated. Talk about busy little workers. My Otocinclus work from morning to night and I suspect most of the time I am asleep, keeping my tank nice and clean. They are like 2 year olds on a sugar high all the time. Eat, Eat, Eat that is what these little guys do. They are just fascinating to watch, they go from leaf to leaf or rock, glass, wood to eat more algae. Up and down the tank wall they swim quickly, eating all the way.
I can't believe they only get 1.5 inches long the way they eat. One would think they would be the size of a Great White Shark in no time with such an appetite but then again, all that swimming around for such a little guy must burn the calories.
I would have never picked them out but I wanted something to eat algae and didn't want to get a Pleco that would get to big for my tank. The LFS lady suggested I get a couple of Otto's to start out with while I make up my mind what else I want in my tank. I am thrilled with these little guys. They are doing the job thus far and I don't feel I need anything else to help out.
They mind their own business and the other fish in my tank which are "picky" don't bother the Otto's. I suppose they just have no need to bother the Otto's because they are sort of in their own little world. A world of eating from the look of it. Even my Black Red tail shark doesn't seem to take any notice to of the Otto's. I hope it remains that way. I am hopeful that with all the plants and wood and such, they will have plenty of places to hide, if they need to.
Anyway, just wanted to post that the fish that was just an extra is soon becoming a very much appreciated little fish. I even got one for my nephew's 10 gallon and he LOVES that little fish as well. They are fun to watch because they are so hyper and always doing something.
Here are a couple of pictures of my little Otto's.
Anyone else for Otocinclus?