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Otocinclus cocama "Zebra"

Altum angel tank is a mess of diatoms ( despite getting 75% water changes every three days) and routine filter cleanings. Im assuming its diatoms- whatever it is it looks like that is the culprit. Anyways, thought a perfect time to get some Otocinclus cocama "Zebra." Added 5 of the Zebra and also 5 very small Hypoptopoma sp. Peru "Orange" from Wetspot.
The Zebras are large and robust and all 5 still fine in morning. The Orange- counted three this morning. Being so small I decided to move them out of the tank with the Angels. Not saying they did eat them- but... dont put it past a cichlid.


You can see where in 24 hours they have already cleaned off the crypt spiralis leaves. If these aren't diatoms all over the leaves of the plants- they are at least food to them.


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It's a veritable all u can eat buffet!
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It's a veritable all u can eat buffet!
LOL! It is... so embarrassed- I wish I had your green thumb aquarium skills. (sigh)

180 g. low tech w/ wild South American cichlids, corydoras eques, and African Congo riverine tetras.
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30 g. low tech w/ Wild Tucano tetras
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Oh, please dont misunderstand! In this case, it's a good thing!
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Yeah OTOs love them diatoms. They will eat other algae but that brown stuff is the prime rib of there world.
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Way cute.
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24 hours later--- their bellies are getting full-

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180 g. low tech w/ wild South American cichlids, corydoras eques, and African Congo riverine tetras.
60 g. low tech w/ F1 Alenquer pair /Stendker "Tefe" discus and wild Altum Angels
30 g. low tech w/ Wild Tucano tetras
30 g. low-tech African Biotope
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Hey @Discusluv,

That's a nice looking *planted* tank u got there!
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Hey @Discusluv,

That's a nice looking *planted* tank u got there!
Once you uncover all the diatoms- its okay.
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180 g. low tech w/ wild South American cichlids, corydoras eques, and African Congo riverine tetras.
60 g. low tech w/ F1 Alenquer pair /Stendker "Tefe" discus and wild Altum Angels
30 g. low tech w/ Wild Tucano tetras
30 g. low-tech African Biotope
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