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Ottos eating plants?!?

I just put 4 Ottos in my tank and they are muching on my plants! I didn't even think Ottos could chew through a leaf... They've eaten through my Anubias and sword leafs I feed algae discs... Has anyone else had this happen with Ottos?


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I just bought 4 otto's yesterday too. I've noticed them munching the algy on the plants but they dont doo any harm. They spend most of their time on the glass, but I hope they start sucking the algy of my plants more often.

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My ottos have been doing this for years, I can't get them out of the tank because no nets can hold tem for long. I can't even aquascape anymore.


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are you feeding them anything else? Zuchini, lettuce and cucumbers are great foods.
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I have never seen Otos eat plants.
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I have never seen Otos eat plants.

Likewise. And I have a number of soft, fine leaved plants that would be a likely target if they did. Nothing

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Mine dont eat my plants, but they sure do attack my are while I am in there rooting aroumd. As soon as it hits the water I have them after me, the first time it really freaked me out!!!


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I have never seen Otos eat plants.
I'm 100% positive that they are eating the plants. I sat there and watched one chew away at a leaf. I'm not looking forward to getting them out...

Sorenweis, that pic is great. haha


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Omg that otto with jaws really scares me, nice pic btw..

..Are you sure you have ottos? Maybe you picked up a different type of fish that resembles an otto. Just a thought.

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Omg that otto with jaws really scares me, nice pic btw..

..Are you sure you have ottos? Maybe you picked up a different type of fish that resembles an otto. Just a thought.
No, I'm positive they're Ottos.


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Toofazt,

My Ottos also like to eat Anubias Nana, esp. the flowers. When the flower comes out, they stick on it and chew it until it is gone. I am not sure if the flower is sweet like a candy bar

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As I said before, try feeding them veggies
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That failing maybe one of those algae tablet things maybe?!
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That failing maybe one of those algae tablet things maybe?!
Huh? I don't understand?


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Algea tablets, that you buy at fish stors, spirulina.
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