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Otto's behavior

I haven't kept Ott's for very long maybe 2 months and I am wondering if this behavior is normal?

While eating algae around the tank, one of my Otto's will almost twitch and frantically swim away from a spot and right back to the same spot. Not moving to far away in his quick movements he will be back to eating in less than a half a second.

Another Ott's was so brave it made me wonder... While I was cleaning out a tank this Otto would NOT leave a specific corner of the tank. Even when I tried to chase him out of there. Why was he so determined to stay in that corner? This behavior is particularly strange to me because all the other fish (Pleco, platys) where on the other side of the tank while I was cleaning.
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Otos are a mess when I'm cleaning, they won't move at all, unless I actually go to pick them up. Even bigger fish can't seem to scare them away.
As for the twitching that sounds normal to me but maybe someone else would know better.
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I got 4 of them in my planted tanks, and all four of them behave a bit differently just like your are describing. But one thing in common, when night comes, I am sure they are together and partying... lol
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That all sounds like normal otto behavior to me. You have to be careful when moving things around in your tank, because they aren't afraid to stay right where they're planted. I love my ottos.
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That all sounds like normal otto behavior to me. You have to be careful when moving things around in your tank, because they aren't afraid to stay right where they're planted. I love my ottos.
Otto's are the best. I love them too. They are fun to watch.
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They become addictive too. I an considering buying more! lol
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Behavior seems to vary a lot from otto to otto. I have a couple and one of them scares easily and starts swimming frantically when he sees me, damaging himself in the process. Another one could care less, just lounges wherever he was to begin with, others will see me and calmly swim off and hide away somewhere.
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They become addictive too. I an considering buying more! lol
I just bought 3 more today!
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i just bought 3 more today!
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I love them! My first fish (aside from bettas and random fish my mom bought and accidentally killed) were 3 otos and a female guppy. Unfortunately I didn't acclimate, I just floated and 1 died (noob much?) Then I accidentally killed another when netting it out And just this week I got 2 more otos for some company. Did a long acclimation and they were SO pale (like female guppy pale) but both survived and are fat and happy. I think my original one is a female, it is a bit wider and has a rounder stomach. Oto babies would be amazing!

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I got this one Otto and he is so fat! Man I tell you. This Otto is living the dream!
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