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otto in recently planted tank

Plan on putting in an otto or two into my recently heavily planted tank. It has cycled and already has some tetra in, but my carpet which is mainly hemianthus callitrichoides probably hasnt had time to properly root yet. Im wondering if the ottos by swimming over it will kick it all up and cause all my little pieces to drift to the surface? Or whether theyll stick to the bigger leaves of the other plants.

Id like one to clear up any uneaten fish food but I dont want to jump in too early and have my aquascape ruined.
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I don't think the ottos will hurt the carpet, but I have never had hc. My ottos are extremely gentle though and never bother anything.

I don't think the otto will help you out much for cleaning up uneaten food. Ottos are mainly algae eaters, and if there's not enough algae to eat you must supplement them with zucchini or cucumber, ottos can starve pretty easily.


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ah right. is there anything that will eat uneaten food but not destroy my plants in the process? how about cherry shrimp?
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ah right. is there anything that will eat uneaten food but not destroy my plants in the process? how about cherry shrimp?
Cherry shrimp, amano shrimp, Mexican crawfish, and even ghost shrimp are fantastic

I also hear corydoras are pretty good as long as you don't have a large gravel substrate
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Corydora will mess up a new carpet, they can even be hard on an established one. I'd go with cherries.


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depending on what type of tetra are already in there, you might not want to throw in cherry shrimp.

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i have cardinal tetra. do they eat shrimp?
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will get the juvies for sure, but adults I doubt it.

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Ghost shrimp are great and not too pretty to attract unwanted attention from the fish.

I have a 20g tank with 9 ghost shrimp and I haven't had my neon tetras(15), zebra loach, hillstream loach, african dwarf frog, or my otos(2) eat any of them or even try to bother them for that matter.

Hope this helps!
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Go with ghost shrimp. They do a great job of keeping a tank clean of uneaten food and are cheap as well. It also wouldn't hurt to introduce some ramshorn and trumpet snails as well.
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Corydora will mess up a new carpet, they can even be hard on an established one. I'd go with cherries.
For real. I read all these posts about how Corys like to dig in the substrate. So in my planted tank I reserved an open area, just for them. And then on the other side, I've got my riccia flutions and glossostigma elatinoides. Where do they spend most of their time? Yep, on the carpet side. lol, it's a good thing they're cute...

OP, my otos have been very gentle. They pretty much stick to the sides of things when they're not feeding. And when they do, it's pretty much my leafy plants. I rarely see them in my carpet.
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For real. I read all these posts about how Corys like to dig in the substrate. So in my planted tank I reserved an open area, just for them. And then on the other side, I've got my riccia flutions and glossostigma elatinoides. Where do they spend most of their time? Yep, on the carpet side. lol, it's a good thing they're cute...
Yup, I read about this and corys. I wanted some as well, so glad I didnt go and get some. Will deffo hold off until its completely rooted itself, or maybe just go with something else like some kuhli loach, love those guys.
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Otos will not disrupt your carpet, no matter how poorly rooted it is. They are very gentle swimmers, and I believe they generally prefer to suck on larger leaf plants. My otos only go to my HC carpet to rest, and when they do, they elegantly balance on their pectoral fins. I had no problem with them disrupting the carpet while it was taking root.

If you want a cory but don't want uprooted plants, try pygmy cories! They're too small to mess up your scape. As a plus, they are absolutely adorable. Their swim style is a sort of wobble, and when they get together to school it's just the cutest, bunch of wobbling bug eyed guys.
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aww pygmy corys i never even knew they existed. they look so cute!
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