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Tyyrlym 02-11-2009 08:44 AM

Disappearing Otocinclus
Does anyone else have a problem with their oto's just up and disappearing? I bought an oto yesterday and he took to hanging in hard to see places. When I arrived at work this morning I didn't see him but added an algae wafer to the tank. Well almost three hours later and I still cannot find him. I've rifled through my large leaf plants, turned over my driftwood, and driven my other fish crazy with my flashlight shinning it into every dark corner of my tank and I cannot find the little bugger.

aunt kymmie 02-11-2009 10:23 AM

It happens with mine all the time.I think they can really blend into the black sand. A piece of spinach in a seaweed clip never fails to bring them out. I still have no idea where they hide and when they hide I go thru the same process you do looking for them. I've never been able to figure it out. Maybe you have a small but deep unseen crevice in your driftwood that he uses as a hiding spot??

Tyyrlym 02-11-2009 12:48 PM

I found him. I wound up plundering through my tank but I found him. I turned over my driftwood, rifled through my plants and didn't find him. Ten minutes later I spotted him on my heater, tucked under a plant leaf. I just know they're delicate and didn't want a dead fish rotting away in a hidden corner of the aquarium.

jeaninel 02-11-2009 01:35 PM

Yea, they have a way of disappearing without really disappearing! I used to stare at my tank trying to find my 3. Usually they were on the filter tube, in the upper corners on the tank glass or on a plant leaf. They just have a way of blending in, they're so small.

Tyyrlym 02-12-2009 11:19 AM

Mine's finally where I kind of always wanted him, grazing on the wood.

I'm sure he'll go find some place to hide again soon enough. So oto owners, how does he look? To me he seems rather fat and happy but he's my first oto in about twenty years so I dunno.

jeaninel 02-12-2009 11:29 AM

He looks good. A nice fat belly means he's getting enough to eat. Mine like munching on zucchini so you could try that if you're concerned about him getting enough to eat. They also seem to constantly poop. I never realized how much they poop until I kept mine.

Tyyrlym 02-12-2009 11:34 AM

Well there's still plenty of algae in my tank to munch on so I'm not worried about him going hungry any time soon. I've got some Hikari algae wafers on hand and I'll be offering him bits of those as well so if he ever does run out of algae he's still got some good food to eat. I'm gonna see if I can bum a leave or two of spinach off my grocery store to start offering him as well. I just wanna make sure he's well fed and does good. I guess you could say he's not really a working fish to me. I don't really care if he eats algae in the tank or not (not objecting if he does) I just want to keep him in good shape. I'm thinking about a second one. I've read they enjoy being kept in groups.

dramaqueen 02-12-2009 12:45 PM

Glad you found him. :)

aunt kymmie 02-13-2009 12:57 PM

He looks really good & healthy. Mine go nuts on the spinach. In my 6gl I'll put in two spinach leaves in a clip and 12 hours later the leaves are completely skeletonized. Definitely get at least two more if you can, they really enjoy being together.
In my display tank I have seven otos. These oto I don't need to feed as the algae in that tank is plentiful :-(. I never see those otos except late at night and they are always grouped in pairs of two & three when I do see them.

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