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Will Otos be a good fit in my tank?

My tank 66 gallon, 4 foot long, eheim 2215, koralia 750 gal/hour power head. The temperature is about 24-25 C (but can be easily adjusted to suit the fish), the pH is 7-ish, and the water is very soft. The tank has been established for almost a year now and the water seems to be pretty stable.

My stocking plan:

10 congo tetras
6 Australian rainbow fish
5 kuhli loaches
5 otos

Is this good? I have heard that otos are hard to keep, that they may starve.

Right now I have some green hair algae and some diatoms on the glass. I am leaving it because I am hoping to get the otos on Wednesday when we go into town.

Do you think, if the otos should do ok in my tank, that 5 is a good number?

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I never had luck with them I would have to feed them and often forgot
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Will Otos be a good fit in my tank?

I have ottos in 5 of my six tanks. If you have the lighting for a medium/heavily planted tank - they will thrive.

I am blessed to have a LFS that knows how to feed ottos algae tablets in bare tanks as that is what they eat when natural algae isn't available. I would also never keep them in a tank without plants as I feel like I owe the captives the most comfortable life I can give all critters in my care.

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That's a good number. I've never had any trouble keeping mine healthy. I feed zucchini 2x a week just to ensure they're getting enough.
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Thanks guys.

I have a planted tank but haven't had much luck lately with my plants for some reason. They have been dropping leaves I am planning to get some more plants on Wednesday as well.

I will be feeding them algae wafers as well. I will try to get zucchini when I can but it is not often available at the grocery stores in my town (pathetic or what?!). I plan to supplement with other veggies I have read they like about once a week. Hopefully I will be able to keep them happy.

Will they eat the hair algae?
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I doubt they will eat hair algae.
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I have 3 otos in a 20 long. I have seen them rummaging through a piece of driftwood that is covered in black brush. I cant say that they have had any impact on it though. Its slowly dying off, they seem partial to the dead areas.
Mine really like cucumber as well. Not sure of its nutritional value. Have heard zucchini is better in that aspect but its hard to find here too.
I assume between the occasional veggie they are eating well enough, since the only algae I have is green spot and black brush. They really like that brown filmy stuff that grows on the glass.


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Re: Will Otos be a good fit in my tank?

When I buy zucchinis for my Otto's, I cut all the zucchinis, separate and freeze them in a sandwich bag. Make sure the zucchinis are not wet because they will freeze together and it will be hard to separate them come feeding time. Feed 1 slice a week after thezucchini has been blanched. You can attach plant weights to keep them from floating around.
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Thanks. I will keep the freezing tip in mind when I can find zucchini at the store.

I read that they will eat "soft green algae" I hope there is something in my tank that they will like. But, like I said, I will feed algae wafers and veggies too.
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My Otos have never had a problem. I got two in my 5.5 gallon tank. It's lightly planted and low light. They always are nice and fat. Mine do fine with wafers as well
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Hopefully I can keep the little guys happy.
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i have had ottos for years and tbh... i dont give them any special treatment.

they just survive / thrive with whatever food i feed the rest of the fish and whatever bio film is being created through out the tank. Once in a blue moon ill drop an algea wafer and even then, the dont go crazy for them.

i think ottos are extremely to deal with

5 ottos will work perfectly fine
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i have had ottos for years and tbh... i dont give them any special treatment.

they just survive / thrive with whatever food i feed the rest of the fish and whatever bio film is being created through out the tank. Once in a blue moon ill drop an algea wafer and even then, the dont go crazy for them.

i think ottos are extremely to deal with

5 ottos will work perfectly fine
This. I just want to add that they like lots of water movement. Otherwise just buy them from a trusted source and let them go to town ( they don't eat bba).
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I have a 750 gal/hour power head in my tank so I hope that is enough water movement. All the plants sway in the current, even the smallest leaves on my crypts right next to the gravel.
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