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Old 12-13-2011, 11:06 PM   #76
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And finally a descent shot of the new Cocamas:



You can see how these guys have a broader striped pattern than the others.
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Old 12-13-2011, 11:47 PM   #77
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wow they look amazing.
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Old 12-14-2011, 12:05 AM   #78
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Yay!

I so hope your project is successful- we so need some CB populations of these gorgeous guys!
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Old 12-14-2011, 11:28 AM   #79
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That would be nice wouldn't it. I'm really curious about the different looks though. I mean, they aren't even close in appearance. Time to hit the books again.
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Old 12-14-2011, 01:42 PM   #80
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Beautiful! That is the first species of fish I am putting in my 300 gallon! I am gonna try to get one dozen of them! And let them have the run of the entire tank for at least a month!
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Old 01-05-2012, 12:53 PM   #81
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Coming back from taking a little bit of hiatus during the holidays.

The Cocama's have been really active of late. There is one definate female. I believe there may be one more but still a bit on the young side to determine. The older lady from time to time does have a couple guys around her but I haven't seen any tell tale signs of a hint of a spawn. Just social get togethers.

As with the old tank, this tank as well just doesn't seem to want to produce the nice lush planted environment as the others. I'm leaning towards the lighting now actually being a bit too much. I will be making an adjustment to this as I clean up the tank a bit. The Fissidens didn't even take hold which surprised me a bit. I'll try to salvage what I can of it and see if I can work with it in another tank for now.
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Old 01-20-2012, 03:12 PM   #82
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Hey James, this is awesome on what you're doing... I am new to otos, and will be getting some in a day or two. How do you persoanlly acclimate them?
How many can I have in a 20 Long, with just shrimp and a BN pleco in it.. 7?

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Old 01-20-2012, 06:31 PM   #83
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My apologies for missing this. I boil them for ~ 2mins. Let cool in cold water. Feed a fresh batch and freeze the rest. I'm actually thinking of trying to steam them so they don't lose much of the nutrients during the boiling process.
I wrap a piece of wet paper towel around mine and microwave it for 20-30 secs. Not sure if it's the same thing.
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Old 01-20-2012, 06:44 PM   #84
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Hey James, this is awesome on what you're doing... I am new to otos, and will be getting some in a day or two. How do you persoanlly acclimate them?
How many can I have in a 20 Long, with just shrimp and a BN pleco in it.. 7?
Personally, I drip acclimate everything over a period of a couple hours.

As for how many, I probably wouldn't do more than 6 with the BN in there. You have plenty of space for more, but BNs are hogs.
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Old 01-20-2012, 06:45 PM   #85
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I wrap a piece of wet paper towel around mine and microwave it for 20-30 secs. Not sure if it's the same thing.
Hmmm...may have to give this a try. I've thought about steaming as well to retain as many nutrients as possible.
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Old 01-20-2012, 07:15 PM   #86
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Just make sure you use the non-bleach no-additives added towels Lol I "bake" potatoes and corn the same way, nuke it in wet paper towels. Fast & easy.
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Old 03-29-2013, 02:17 PM   #87
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So it's been a long spell between updates here and unfortunately, there hasn't been anything to report. The tank just isn't responding like the other Oto tanks in terms of plant growth. Starting this evening, I'm taking another big swing at it.

We're going to start with a massive snail removal effort. If I can find it....it's coming out. I'll also cleanse all the plants from egg sacks as well. I bet this impacts their grazing grounds.

I've already replaced the lighting over the tank but still haven't seen much from the plants. Very odd if you ask me. Same conditions as some of the better growing tanks but they don't seem to want to cooperate. Haven't put my finger on it as yet but I'll figure it out.

We'll reset the tank by doing a good gravel vac and then replant.

I'm also planning on relocating the Caridina thambipillai. Being a larger shrimp (compared to others), it will make for less activity for the Otos. When I can find them again, I'll be adding some Caridina serratirostris to this tank.
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Great thread! What is a good source for Otos? The last six I bought from the LFS all went belly up in less than three weeks, which I am assuming means they starved to death.
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Incredible thread, I just read it all. Thanks for keeping us updated even without success yet. Im keeping my fingers crossed for you!
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Old 03-29-2013, 09:25 PM   #90
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How can you sex otos? I have a half dozen in my tank that are now about 3 months old and I'm hoping I might get some to breed. Most if not all are very fat. I too have found they like zucchinni and cucumber. Is there a way to tell when they have reached sexual maturity?

*edit* nm. I actually meant to post this in your other oto thread but I read about sexing them over there. I'd still like to hear your thoughts on sexual maturity.

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