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When I recently experienced The Attack of the Brown Algae after getting stronger lighting, I was advised to get 3 or 4 Otos for my 10 gallon tank. I got 2 to start, and was amazed at how they cleaned up most of it in only 2 days. Leaves (and plants!) that I thought would die are green and doing well. Amazing little guys!

Unfortunately one died. I am wondering if I really need even 2? Should I get my money back for the dead one or a replacement? It would seem that 1 is enough.

I have heard that they like company, but while they were both alive they never spent any time together.

Also, I am talking about Otocinclus affinis. I see there are other species. The Zebra is beautiful. Does anyone have a different species?
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I did have some zebra ottos for a short while but found them very delicate, I lost several for no reason I could find.
I personally find that ottos are best when kept in small groups in the same way as corys, in one tank I have 3 in another tank I have 11
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Thanks. Do you feed your Otos?
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not intentionally but they usually join in with the feeding time scrum with the corys etc.
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i personally have 3 in my 55 they work GREAT......and i just tonight put in a huge amazone sword and i do mean huge.....and the got on cleaning it up as soon as i took my hands out of th water..

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i personally have 3 in my 55 they work GREAT......and i just tonight put in a huge amazone sword and i do mean huge.....and the got on cleaning it up as soon as i took my hands out of th water..

10 gallon low-tech Betta bowl...for now.
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They do seem to do better when they are in larger groups. I had 3 in my 55g tank to begin with and they did well, but when I added another 3, they become much more active and brave, in spite of the large Angels that would want to take a nip at them every once in a while.

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I would get atleast 2 for a ten gallon tank.
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Thanks, I did get a second one and will plan on keeping at least two.

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Nice little setup you have there. What kind of lighting do you have and do you do any CO2 injection? But I'm warning you that eventually that clown loach will get too big for a 10 gallon tank, They can get up to 12 inches. And they like being in groups rather than alone
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I post at The Loach Forum and they tell you every 3 minutes to get a bigger tank (LOL) so I know all about that. That's why my website made fun of my tank being so small.

On a recent trip to Sacramento, CA I saw 12 inch Clowns at Capitol Aquarium, and some older ones that they'd had since 1960!

I actually have two Clowns now and plan on more when I get a bigger tank. That will be pretty soon, but first I'm going to set up a little 5 gal quarantine tank. I'm going to QT everything from now on, even plants. (I'm fighting Ich as I type this.)

I don't think I'll add CO2 to my 10 gal, but will plan on it for my bigger tank(s). I really love the plants as much as the fish.

Here's a description of my lighting and all. I just changed the bulb because I like a natural, daylight look:

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You've probably heard this too, but the clown loaches do take a long time to grow, so they will be fine for a while. but you've seen the size they can attain, so you know that they will need a bigger tank sometime. You do keep up on water changes very well, which is good. :hehe:
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