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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-10-2002, 06:06 AM Thread Starter
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I was at my LFS earlier tonight and was told by one of the workers their that otto's while sucking on my plants will damage the plants themselves and might actually eat them.......but then again ive read that ottos work great in planteds tanks.......which is closer to the truth?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-10-2002, 07:49 AM Thread Starter
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today when i was at the LFS i picked up a few more plants i found about a 12-14" amazon sword for 3dollars and the plant looks wonderful as well.....does this sound like a good deal or not?
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Otto's wont damage your plants...I have had them for some time now and they are one of the finest additions for a " cleaning crew " as you can get.
You wont be sorry you got them... I have 4 in a 30 gallon tank and they are busy 24/7 :hehe:

As far as the Sword price... thats a great deal for that size , I love my Amazons... I have to prune the hell outta them to keep them under control... I get new leaf's every 2 weeks... I wish I could plant them in my lawn cuz they would make wonderful shade tree's ! :hehe::hehe:
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well thankyou for your reply, just wanted to make sure ottos wont eat up the main reason i have the tank =).......might have to go to the LFS again today and buy the 2 or 3 large amazons they had left yesterday......
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They really like my Amazons...
...and now I only have 3... the dangdest thing happened to an otto in my tank on his way to the grocery store..

a giant powerhead with a missing plug in the aerator hole sucked him in head first !:fire:
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Oh, i am very sorry to hear about your loss :sad:.....but hopefully he died with a smile right?
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The only alage-eater I've ever seen eat plants is a common pleco I had (better luck with bristlenose or Sailfin) and apple snails. Ottos defnitely don't damage plants. Conversely, ottos are the most gentle algae eater I've ever had. They can even clean delicate E. Tennulus dwarf chain swords.

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