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miagrrl 07-09-2007 10:16 PM

question about my new little guy
ok, this might be a stupid question. i got an otto cat today (oh my gosh, i love him / her!). but he/she seems to be in love with my heater- granted, there is a little algae on it, and he has been nibbling throughout the tank, is it ok that he sucks on the heater? i don't want him to spend so much time there that it does something to him or hurts him? is this a stupid question? :lol:

also, i did my homework before buying him/her and i know they need to constantly eat. so when my natural source of food (algae) is all "cleaned" what is the best way to supplement his diet? i bought some wafers- and i guess i could also do vegetables? but i guess i need to know how much and how often do i need to leep stuff in there for him to eat.

Gump 07-09-2007 10:30 PM

What is your heater made of? I have a stealth in the tank with my 8 ottos and a few like to hang out on it with out problem. If it was glass it could be a different story but i've never bought a glass heater so can't help you there.

How big is the tank? I have 8 in a 60 and they cant keep a rock clean so unless you have super otto i wouldn't worry about him needing food. But to answer your question id say wafers would be a waste unless you have other fish to eat it because a otto couldn't put down a wafer down himself. Small piece of veggie like zucchini, carrot, potato.

soco1125 07-10-2007 12:17 AM

ottos actually like to be in a group, so you might want to consider getting a few more of the little cuties

miagrrl 07-10-2007 07:54 AM

yeah, my plan is to have a few, but right now my tank load of not capable of adding more fish. i am working on a new 20 gallon tank, so in a few months (if he is still alive) i want to move him and buy him some friends. its just gonna be a while, since i can't put him in a brand new tank, due to ammonia and lack of algae.

leifthebunny 07-10-2007 08:34 AM

I have plecos, otos, farlowellas all sucking on the heaters as well as snails and shrimp crawling on them. The heaters generally don't get that hot that it would affect the fish/snails. My fish generally don't even budge when the heater kicks in, they just keep plugging along eating the algae.

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