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RadMax8 02-12-2012 09:22 PM

Oto Catfish Food Question
 
I've been having brown algae crop up in my tank the past month or two. Came home from a weekend trip and it was really bad, the majority of my plants were covered. I was able to scrape some off with my weekly cleaning, but it didn't cut it. So I decided to pick up some Oto Catfish. I've had them 3 days and my tank is already looking awesome. They are my new favorite fish! They are so fun to watch, especially when they swim around with my danios.The danios seem puzzled but the Otos are just enjoying themselves.

Anyway, to my question: I've had them for three days and they've already put a serious dent in my algae. What happens when they eat it all? I have algae wafers, but they don't seem to have any interest at all in these. Is that something that will come with time? Thanks!

1077 02-13-2012 02:52 AM

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Originally Posted by RadMax8 (Post 980966)
I've been having brown algae crop up in my tank the past month or two. Came home from a weekend trip and it was really bad, the majority of my plants were covered. I was able to scrape some off with my weekly cleaning, but it didn't cut it. So I decided to pick up some Oto Catfish. I've had them 3 days and my tank is already looking awesome. They are my new favorite fish! They are so fun to watch, especially when they swim around with my danios.The danios seem puzzled but the Otos are just enjoying themselves.

Anyway, to my question: I've had them for three days and they've already put a serious dent in my algae. What happens when they eat it all? I have algae wafers, but they don't seem to have any interest at all in these. Is that something that will come with time? Thanks!

Some of these little fish adapt to algae wafers or spirulina pellet's,and other's are tempted by vegetable matter such as Zuchinni,cucumber,Romain lettuce,and or product such as.. "Sally's Seaweed" which is dried Marine algae you can buy in sheets from fish store,or Sushi-Nori found in grocery store in cultural food isle.
I they prove not to accept any of these, (some may)try placing a bowl of water in window sill that receives a good deal of sun along with some smooth stones.
Over time ,,algae will develop on the stones and you can then place one or two of these algae covered stones in the aquarium and swap em out on occasion.

RadMax8 02-16-2012 09:26 PM

I will give some of these a try. Algae is all gone, still no interest in the wafers even though I've clipped them to the side. Thanks for the information, 1077!

lorax84 02-17-2012 01:46 PM

I have a group of Zebra otos in my 20g planted and they have barely touched fresh vegetables. They seem to like the wafers, although they tend to wait until they soften to eat them. All the algae in the tank was taken care of in a matter of days so I just keep offering both veggies and wafers. I'm not sure how long you have had them, but I would continue to offer a variety of foods. In experience with rasping fish (plecos) sometimes a fish will avoid one type of food for a while because they are not sure it's food.

Inga 02-17-2012 02:07 PM

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Originally Posted by lorax84 (Post 985108)
I have a group of Zebra otos in my 20g planted and they have barely touched fresh vegetables. They seem to like the wafers, although they tend to wait until they soften to eat them. All the algae in the tank was taken care of in a matter of days so I just keep offering both veggies and wafers. I'm not sure how long you have had them, but I would continue to offer a variety of foods. In experience with rasping fish (plecos) sometimes a fish will avoid one type of food for a while because they are not sure it's food.


Agreed! Mine also will wait until the algae wafers have softened up and then will eat it. Sometimes I wonder how they survive as they are in the tank with no obvious algae (they ate it all) but year later they are still in there and have fat little tummies. They find algae and the wafers must get them though. Offering it more then once or twice is the key. I think they have to get used to it. Same with the veggies, can't just do it once or twice, they need time to get used to it.

RadMax8 03-02-2012 08:42 PM

OK, so I'm pretty perplexed now. My otos don't eat the wafers (my cories take care of those), and they don't eat the seaweed I've offered them. I even clip a little bit of seaweed on to the leaves of plants with a small paperclip. I guess I will have to try other vegetable matter like lettuce. I would love to try the algae method, but there isn't much sun up here in Cleveland. Could I set up an artificial algea grow "operation in a small tank with a standard lightbulb? Thanks...

Byron 03-03-2012 06:32 PM

Any substrate (sinking) foods will do, both for corys and otos. They will naturally continue to feed from what they find on plant leaves, and even though the diatoms (brown algae) is gone or appears to be, there will always be microscopic food on plant leaves that they will eat. As they get hungrier, they will spend more time on the substrate. If the sinking food is added daily they will find it. I use a variety, one or two a veggie base (spirulina, algae, kelp base) and 2 or 3 like shrimp, basic wafers, disks, pellets, etc.


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