Otocinclus are one of my favorite fish in general. They are really enjoyable little schoolers. I would suggest a minimum of 6 of them but the larger the school the better, especially if you are thinking of doing a school of tetras in the tank as well (in my opinion). I have 6 in my 55, and almost bought 6 more today, but will be out of town for the next week, so I held off for now. They can be fragil fish at first due the the sourcing, warehousing, and shipping process, so make sure you watch them for a few moments in the tank that they are active and moving around. I also typically add them when I have some algae growth in the tank to have a natural food source. You can also use blanched zucchini, etc. for them.
This is great advice! I'll get 6 to start with and see how things pan out. I think I mentioned earlier that I only have 7 days before bacs start to die off so this time next week, if I get a larger tetra species, I'll definitely join the group of proud Oto owners.
If you have any questions specific to tetras I can help.
Hi Discusluv! I'm currently deciding between a large school of
Or an even larger school of Green neons. I'm basing it more on how active the school will be. Obviously Rummynose will school tightly but I do like tetras that will display and spawn in my parameters. I'm really undecided and although I'd like to make a decision before hand, it might be what looks best on the day.
I recommend not relying on any algae eaters. Not saying it's not good to have some, but they aren't going to dent a major outbreak if one pops up.
And while I generally don't keep any algae eaters, I do have a handful of Oto's I bought a long time ago somewhere in my tank. I only see them on water change day, as in a heavily planted tank there are lots of places to hide. And honestly I don't really think they make a noticeable difference. Mine are pretty chubby, but might just be eating leftover food for all I know.
My guess is that if things are really off in the tank, and algae is a real problem, you would need an army of them to make a real impact (at least in a large tank). The only real solution is find the root causes and correct them.
Definitely Gregg! I'm aiming for a balance first and foremost. I'm not buying them to fix any potential issues more so to be "caretakers." Previously I'd rely on shrimp for that role but larger tetras will feast on cherry sized shrimp so Otos have become an option. I might get rummies or neons and stick with shrimp since I've housed those species together without issue.
I have four otos, and I love them. Like grobbins said, not only for their amazing algae-destroying super powers, but for who they are as fish. lol, that sounds like someone saying they like Clark Kent better than Superman, but yeah. Honestly, they're fun to watch, zooming around the tank, together in pairs or sometimes as loners. And they can get to the craziest positions under leaves, filter pipes, and so on. I supplement mine with par-boiled zucchini, which I keep frozen until I need a new piece. If you decide to go with otos, make sure you feed them something besides relying on algae.
I have the white fur/fungs on wood and in general the bio film that comes with a new tank. I'm most concerned about the otos being healthy and well fed so I'll bee buying some zucchini next week. Can I bother you for some cooking instructions of the Zucchini?