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musho3210 01-20-2007 02:37 PM

Got me 2 otos
There in my 10 gallon quarantine now. Any tips on feeding them since i know they are picy eaters the first few weeks. I put some ornaments covered in brown algae and a spounge covered in brown algae in the tank. I also have some algae wafers.

One is extremly stressed out and im very woried. He is pale and has clamped fins. But the other one has excellent coloration and widespread fins. Should i add salt is is it too dangerous?

Also a question, are they nocturnal?

Lonewolfblue 01-20-2007 03:20 PM

Are they fat? The best way for getting otos is to have the lfs only net ones that are the fattest. Fat=Healthy. As for feeding, the diatoms are their fav food. Algae wafers are good too, always suppliment with an algae wafer to be sure they don't go hungry.

musho3210 01-20-2007 03:46 PM

i got plenty of diotom and yes i asked for fat ones. The lfs told me that they had been in the store for 2 weeks so thats good too. There eating now (i think) Im trying to grow algae on some rocks outside of my tank. The oto is not as pale as before but the fins are still clampted tightly

Lonewolfblue 01-20-2007 03:48 PM

He should be fine. He's still acclimating.

musho3210 01-20-2007 03:50 PM

ok, good. ARe they nocturnal?

Lonewolfblue 01-20-2007 03:52 PM

They are active all day long in my tanks. They don't hide alot.

musho3210 01-20-2007 03:55 PM

ok. Should i supplement there diet with algae wafers or fresh vegetables? or whatever suits them?

Lonewolfblue 01-20-2007 04:02 PM

In my experience, they are strictly algae eaters, and may feed on some flake food, but not often. They are always cleaning my plants or just sitting on their fat tummies looking at you.

Another thing you can get is Vegi Wagers.

musho3210 01-20-2007 04:08 PM

can otos have salt in there tank or is it strictly no salt or a bit of salt?

Lonewolfblue 01-20-2007 04:10 PM

Preferably no salt, but may be ok with a little. I personally don't use salt in my tanks. And salt can affect plants.

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