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post #196 of 266 (permalink) Old 12-09-2012, 05:00 PM
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Congrats on this awesome process. You've been very lucky!

Just took an hour reading through this. I'm very inspired!


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Thank you very much. It's been a fun little project.
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post #198 of 266 (permalink) Old 12-10-2012, 02:45 PM
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I bet! So having done it, what would you say are the space requirements of ottos? Do they really shoal in groups larger than 3-4?

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Definately a social bunch and wouldn't recommend a group of less than three. To see them in their splendor, I would say no less than five. But that will depend on tank size and such.

Most of my tanks are small since they also double as invert tanks. I try to keep five in each tank. The only exception is the O. macrospilus. Only a group of three right now while working on them.

I had a lone female Vittatus sitting in one tank by herself and she didn't do much other than stay in spot generally. I finally moved in some juvies and she just sparked right up.

I've got a couple of videos that show how they are in big groups. Constantly on the move.
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Very nice. Thanks for the knowledge. What's the smallest tank you've got them in?


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I want more ottos!!! I have 3 in my 20gal L (along w/ 10 threadfin & dwarf rainbows).

So a 6 gal would probably be too small for 3?

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Smallest tank I keep them in is a 10g.

Zoragen, if you don't have any other fishies in there, the 6g should be ok. A bit small for my liking but otherwise ok.
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The 6 gal is empty but I don't want to cram the little cuties into too small of a space.

I love those guys

sigh.....I'll wait till I get another tank.

Which means I'll have to get rid of some books to make room

I think the 6 gal is going to become a snail (nerite) & java fern tank - super simple.

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Update - 11-Dec-2012

Spotted (10) wigglers yesterday. Started introducing prepared foods for them. Tank isn't a very thick jungle as yet so used a dosing dropper to target spot where I placed the powder.
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Everyone likes pictures of fry guys right? Wee ones are starting to venture around the tank more.


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So cute. How do you get the shots?


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I just use a regular point and click Olympus Stylus.

Wife has a DSLR but I cannot figure out how to get any good macro shots with it.
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Update 16-Dec-2012

Found (10) wiggle waggles this morning. All still doing fine and coloring up nicely. Very active bunch. Really working the tank over good.
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Update 17-Dec-2012

Wee ones continue to progess very well and remain very active. Water change on the tank and added a couple slices of zucchini. Being how active they are, I went ahead and fed early to keep them grazing.

On a disgruntled note, I'm still finding pond snails in the main tank. Grrrrr. Just shows how resiliant they are. One here and there but managable. I squish when I find them. What's worse is that I cannot put the moss wall back in until I know they are gone. That would provide them a big hidey spot which of course I don't want.

And on a positive note, I did find a baby green shrimp in there this morning as well. Maybe a good sign for them as well.
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Update 19-Dec-2012

All is well in Oto land. Wee ones have discovered just how good zucchini is. Still grazing nicely.
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