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Captain Jim Dandy 05-27-2013 09:31 AM

Feeding oto catfish
 
Someone gave me four otos about a week ago and they seemed to do fine, my glass was nearly covered in brown algae in a 55 gallon angelfish growout tank. About a week later, almost no algae.I read they should be alright with algae wafers, maybe spiralina powder. I can't figure how they would find powder in this tank, and I don't know if they will be ok with just wafers. I've seen you can feed veggies..how is this done? I can't find info enough, so I ask for your help,..did read profile.

GwenInNM 05-27-2013 09:46 AM

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Originally Posted by Captain Jim Dandy (Post 2161801)
Someone gave me four otos about a week ago and they seemed to do fine, my glass was nearly covered in brown algae in a 55 gallon angelfish growout tank. About a week later, almost no algae.I read they should be alright with algae wafers, maybe spiralina powder. I can't figure how they would find powder in this tank, and I don't know if they will be ok with just wafers. I've seen you can feed veggies..how is this done? I can't find info enough, so I ask for your help,..did read profile.

I have 3 in my tank, along with a brislenose pleco. I will put romaine lettuce or a cucumber slice in and I never see the Oto's on any of that. It doesn't mean they don't though. I can watch the Bristlenose actively munch it down. I too wonder how they Otos get what they need, but they've been around now for 2 years, so I guess that find what they need in the tank.

I would put one sinking wafer a couple times a week, and try veggies and see how it goes, but do remove them after 24 hours. I notice when I frequently put veggies in my tank, my glass will start getting algae on it, so I think it causes them to slack off keeping the tank clean! :lol:

Gwen

Captain Jim Dandy 05-27-2013 11:11 AM

Yours have been good for two years...Sounds good to me. Do you ever move yours around your tanks for fresh grazing? They seem a little delicate to me for such, I think.

GwenInNM 05-28-2013 09:15 AM

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Originally Posted by Captain Jim Dandy (Post 2162505)
Yours have been good for two years...Sounds good to me. Do you ever move yours around your tanks for fresh grazing? They seem a little delicate to me for such, I think.


I have not done that. As long as your water parameters are the same, and you can catch them without too much stress, that could be done.

Captain Jim Dandy 05-28-2013 09:52 AM

As many times that I have read the acclimation can be tough for these guys, I think I will leave them be as long as they are happy and healthy where they are..if I see signs not getting enough to eat, then I can. As cute as they are I wouldn't mind having more of them if I can definitely realize what it is I can do best for them.

1077 05-28-2013 10:10 AM

I have in the past placed a few smooth river stones in a dish or bowl, with a few inches of water to cover the stones.
Then place the dish,bowl in sunny location like window sill,or outdoor's until algae form's on the stones.
Then just add the stones to your tank and put some new ones in the dish ,bowl,and repeat.
These fishes primary food is algae, and in it's absence,,some of these fish slowly starve due to some of them who refuse the vegetable matter or algae wafer's.
Many are those who purchase these fish to clean alage and when they have consumed what is available,,the fishes struggle to exist.

Captain Jim Dandy 05-28-2013 10:20 AM

Very good, 1077..I will do that now. Someone suggested Repashy Soilent Green also..is that worth try along with "stone growth"?

1077 05-28-2013 10:29 AM

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Originally Posted by Captain Jim Dandy (Post 2171049)
Very good, 1077..I will do that now. Someone suggested Repashy Soilent Green also..is that worth try along with "stone growth"?


Yes,,after googling (never heard of it) this too would be good .8-)

Captain Jim Dandy 05-28-2013 10:50 AM

Put a couple pieces slate and a big river rock in window..Looked harder ,found some new algae growth in 55, maybe 55 gallon almost good enough naturally(light on all the time for baby angelfish), but I'm going to cover all bases..these little guys work hard.

GwenInNM 05-29-2013 08:27 AM

I also sometimes put in "Green Marine Algae" sheets. I know that Omega One also makes this. You just need a clip to attach a piece to in your tank. Again, I've seen my Bristlenose on it, and he loves it, but not the Otos, however it is something they could be fed.

Gwen


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