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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-18-2013, 01:45 AM Thread Starter
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Otocynclus vittatus

I bought seven Otos and put them in a company of one cherry shrimp and two Neocaridina shrimps in a 10 gallons planted tank. Plenty of light to encourage algae growth. They live there happily, despite I never fed them. It seems they are perfectly happy eating algae growing on the glass and on rocks. Cannot wait to see them breeding.
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Woot Otos! They eat alot and poop alot hehe. I put 3 of them in my 7g with some bright substrate, and next day I saw poop everywhere lol

O well at least they are fat and happy now. I still <3 them so much, there are my most favorite algae eater hands down!

U probably wouldnt "see" them breeding, sometimes its even hard to find them. It's not until u see a baby oto swimming around and u go WOAH! XDDD
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Otos are just awesome!

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Have you guys seen an oto planking? Lol
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Have you guys seen an oto planking? Lol
Yep mine do it all the time. They hold on with their fins and just sit there. Guessing their bellies are full
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lol.. what are you feeding that oto? mine never get that fat!
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lol.. what are you feeding that oto? mine never get that fat!
Maybe those three round objects it's laying on use to be moss balls.


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all 8 of mine in my 50 are that fat.....

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all 8 of mine in my 50 are that fat.....
you must have obscene amounts of algae in your tanks then cos mine only get half that full
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I do not see much of poop, but they are alert and are grazing on algae pastures on the glass. May be my power filter helps, but the water is clear.
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What is otocinclus vittatus? I thought they were otocinclus vestitus.

I have three otos in my 20g. LOVE THEM!!! It cracks me up when they swim upside-down as they clean the underside of leaves. Yeah, and they like to take cat naps on the tops of leaves. Otos are the coolest! Such funny little guys!

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My awesomest fish! Mine gets full. Very full. Lots of light+no co2+ inconsistent ferts=very chubby oto.

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I love my little otos, I've got 3 of them in my planted 10 gallon. They're always so active and "gnawing" on every surface they come across... except the cucumber slices I put in, I think, unless they do it when I don't look.
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I love my little otos, I've got 3 of them in my planted 10 gallon. They're always so active and "gnawing" on every surface they come across... except the cucumber slices I put in, I think, unless they do it when I don't look.
Did you leave the cucumber in overnight? They like to snack in the dark. Also, try zucchini. My otos seem to prefer it to cucumber.

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