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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-19-2012, 09:40 PM Thread Starter
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Otocinclus Catfish in 8 g. tank???

I have a moderately planted 8 g. (actually more like 6 gallons if you calculate the total volume) aqueon cube with 2 inches of eco complete. I have a very peaceful Beta (added at beginning) and 4 Celestial Pear Danios which are less than 1" (added about a week ago). I also have a cherry shrimp and Japanese Amano shrimp.

My LFS sold me a Otocinclus Catfish (about 1" now) when I asked for something to help with algae; however, it looks like this fish is recommended for much bigger tanks.

It seems happy but is my tank way too small for this guy?

Does the Otocinclus Catfish contribute a lot to bioload?

Would it be better to trade him in for a horned nerite snail or something?

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I had 4 in my 6.6 for a few years with no problems, they don't get much bigger than an inch or two.


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He's fully grown. He'll probably be fine, but they are schooling fish, and would be much happier in a group of 6 or more (too many for an 8 gal). If you can upgrade, do so. A mystery snail or two may have been a better fit though.
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I vote yay.
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I say ditch the danios and add a few more otos. Otos really do seem happy when they have tank mates. I keep otos in every tank at a minimum of three. They do spend alot of time with each other.
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Just make sure to feed them some veggies or algae wafers. He might get hungry otherwise unless you have a bunch of algae.
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Make sure he has a big ol round belly. Thats when you know they are full.

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Otos are pretty lazy, for the most part, he should be fine in there.
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OP: Id by two more and injoy the comedy that is the Oto cat.




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Otos are pretty lazy, for the most part, he should be fine in there.
My otos clean almost all the the brown algea out of my 29g in about 3 days and for 5 small otos that a lot of work. If they are just setting there that means there done working for now and cleaned most of the stuff that needed to be cleaned.

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Have 1 oto in a 6gal and 2 in a 10gal. All are all healthy but you tell they are happier in a pair. They do socialize and interact. The oto in my ten is a lot more lazy.
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Bet yah that tank is pretty clean.

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OP: Id by two more and injoy the comedy that is the Oto cat.

My otos clean almost all the the brown algea out of my 29g in about 3 days and for 5 small otos that a lot of work. If they are just setting there that means there done working for now and cleaned most of the stuff that needed to be cleaned.

I've noticed that, too. When I put them in a tank with algae they're fairly active, but when there's no noticeable algae, they just kinda chill. (:
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