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post #21 of 23 Old 06-10-2009, 06:55 AM Thread Starter
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Yesterday I just tired of waiting for the pleco I wanted to come in so I got 5 little ottos instead which is probably for the best anyway due to the size of the tank. They have eaten a ton of algae already and are nice to look at. I am wondering if I will have room for any other fish down the road. Here is my current stock

2 Honey Gouramis
5 Ottos (based on what I have read I will probably lose atleast 1 in the first week)
and 4 Plants (1 Java Fern, 1 Anubias, and 2 Cryptos which I think are two different species one is a 'red' and the other has broader leaves)

In a few weeks I would like to add a shoal of neons or some other colorful small fish. That should be okay right?
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post #22 of 23 Old 06-10-2009, 07:22 AM
i think 5 otos will consume all your algae super quick, your gonna need to start feeding algae wafers. Otherwise, it sounds good. Neons have a small bioload so a shoal of ~6 should be alright to add. You will be overstocking a little but i think its ok
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post #23 of 23 Old 06-17-2009, 01:34 AM
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Keep an eye on your water parameters as otos are notoriously sensitive. Also, in my experience many otos will not eat prepared foods, even ones rich in algae content like spirulina based flake and algae discs. You may need to feed fresh greens such as romaine lettuce, spinach and cuccumbers or, if your otos are super picky, provide a steady supply of algae for them to graze on. An easy way to do this is to get a dish, place some flat, aquarium safe rocks in it under water, add some flake food to provide ammonia and put it on a windowsill. Algae will grow on the rock, which you can then put in the aquarium. You can keep two or more rocks and have a rotating supply of them to keep your otos well-fed.

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