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fishkeeper01 01-12-2013 08:44 AM

Transfering otocinclus
So i have four otos in a 10g for 2 weeks now, i plan on moving them into a new 20g long, will i have to let the tank run for a little while or can they go after cycling the tank for a day?

steven p 01-12-2013 11:06 AM

If you can transfer mature, submerged plants, they should be able to find lunch.

Razorworm 01-12-2013 02:22 PM

What do you mean "cycling for a day"? I would not put Otos into anything but an established planted tank.

Seattle_Aquarist 01-12-2013 02:37 PM

Hi fishkeeper01,

+1 for Razorworm's comment. Otos are sensitive to water quality,if a tank is not fully cycled the ammonia, nitrites, and nitrates spikes could easily cause death. I don't add Otos to my tanks until I see diatoms or soft green flat algae types. If you are running out of food in you 10 gallon try Hikari Algae Wafers or blanched zuchini or cucumber.

librarygirl 01-12-2013 02:51 PM

We might need more info to help :) Is the 10 gal cycled? ? Are you moving the Otos to the main tank after quarantine or are you upgrading to a 20 gal? If the 10 gal is cycled just move the filter to the 20 gal along with the new filter (or put the media from the 10 gal's filter into the new filter if it fits) which will keep the 20 cycled for the Otos assuming it's a new uncycled tank.

Mahlady 01-12-2013 03:24 PM

I moved 3 oto's into my community tank after quarantine for 2 weeks, 1 of them died, I think due to ph differences. There was a 1 degree difference from tank to tank, and he was dead within 6 hours. I must agree oto's are very sensitive after my experience.

babydragons 01-12-2013 03:59 PM

Last time i moved otos I drip acclimated them like I do for my shrimp. All 3 lived a good 4 months until sandy hit and we lost power. I definately recommend the drip method for otos since they are so sensitive

fishkeeper01 01-13-2013 06:25 AM

I am upgrading from a 10g to a 20g long.

danielt 01-13-2013 11:12 AM

There is no such term as 1 day cycling. Otos will die for sure if the tank has spikes in water parameters.

Also, they starve if there's no plant that grows some algae on their leaves. Get some Anubias and have it grow GSA on the leaves by putting it in a high light spot.

Razorworm 01-13-2013 02:03 PM

I have hard, PH 8.water. The first time I tried Otots, I dripped them for an hour, then put them in an empty qt tank. The tank had little algae and no visable diatoms. Just a few potted plants. I tried waffers, spinach and zucchini. They would pick at it but not eagerly eat. They all died. The next batch I dripped for 4 hours and put directly into an established heavily planted tank. They almost immediatly started cleaning the glass etc and chowed down on waffers etc. After a month, I moved their fat bodies to a community tank. Since the collection methods for these guys is so rough and they dont travel well, it is important to treat them with care, People say that Otos are sensitive and hard to keep. This is only true at first, Once brought back to health, they are very hardy. Again, consistant water paramaters are the key to success.

fishkeeper01 01-18-2013 01:11 AM

so after proper cycling will the otos be able to be moved along with the other fish to the 20?

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