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  1. Fish
    About a week ago I added 3 Otoclinus catfish to my shrimp tank. They been very busy and doing a great job. Middle of the week, I noticed one that had a fussy white patch by this tale (circular). Today, it looks like a second one has a small one starting on his head. Any ideas? 10.8 gal tank...
  2. Fish
    I have an Oto who in the last hour has started floating at the top of that tank, occassionally swimming erratically with no contol. He is very bloated. I had thought swim bladder problem but when I tried to research it someone said they dont have a swim bladder? What is wrong and how do I help...
  3. Planted Nano Tanks
    my 15 gallon (uk gallon 17 us gallon ) is now about 2 months old maybe abit more. i currently have 1 male betta, a few mts , an assassin snail, rcs and 6 leopard corys. i know its probably too early to add any otos but ive left my lights on longer (about 10 hours) to start to grow algae which i...
  4. Fish
    When I set up my current tank I added two otos (not enough, I now know) shortly after cycling the tank. Sadly, the tank wasn't very stable yet and one of them died after a few days. The surviving one stays in one spot. I know he's eating a little, but not enough to have a rounded belly. It's...
  5. Planted Nano Tanks
    Hello guys! I bought recently 2 otos at my local petland discount and since they only had 2, I decided to pick up the pair. A couple days later, I decided to head towards a distant petsmart and pick up another since I had to pick up some ghost shrimps. :help: In less than 48 hours of getting him...
  6. General Planted Tank Discussion
    I have had 4 oto cats for about a week. I have them in the sump under my display tank. this morning I woke up, everything was fine. I get back from work today, There are only 3 otos... it's a barebottom sump with nothing but a return pump in it. could the oto have gotten killed by that? It...
  7. Fish
    I'm looking for a small schooling fish to round out my 20g long planted tank, as I think i needs more activity. I'm leaning towards spotted blue eyes (gertrudes) but hear they can be shy and out competed for food. I thought about trying zebra danio, but had read they can be fin nippers or...
  8. General Planted Tank Discussion
    I currently have a 25 gallon tall tank with a clean up crew consisting of 3 amanos, 2 otos, and a large ivory mystory snail (doesnt eat much of the algae but is AWESOME at eating any and all leftover food... Hes a pig and I love him!)... but I still seem to have some issues with algae... mostly...
  9. General Planted Tank Discussion
    I have a 29g planted tank that currently has very cloudy water and it's getting worse. I didn't think it was green cloudy but it could possibly be starting to look slightly green. There also seems to be a large amount of particles floating around the water (I repositioned my intake to be out...
  10. Fish
    So I am a little worried about one of my otos that I have. S/hes huge compared to my other ones. I am rather attached to her, so I am hoping shes just fat. Her a few days ago Her today. Sorry the photos are not the best, my cameras still dead.
  11. Fish
    I'm currently in the middle of rescaping my tank. I have minimal plants & lighting in a 30G while I wait for a shipment. I currently have, among other things, 3 otos and a (pond?) snail. They like to usually stick together, but when I try to feed the otos lettuce, the snail gorges on it. Also...
  12. Fish
    I have 8 neon tetras and 3 otos in a 30G, but my parents would like me to add a "bigger" fish. I don't know if it's bc they are getting older and are having trouble seeing the fish (I gave up seeing my otos anyways) but they are very adamant about it. I'll probably add more neon tetras but can...
  13. Fish
    Dear All, I have been treating the entire tank with fenbendazole for a camallanus worm infestation - and today, week 3, notice an oto catfish with blood showing through its belly. How could I save this lovely fish? Any advice is helpful. Thanks.
  14. Fish
    I bought two Otos two days ago and one of them is very hyper- he doesn't seem to be able to sit still for very long. He was active at the store, so I'm not sure if this is just part of his natural personality or if there's something bothering him. His tail is ragged, but I haven't been able to...
  15. Shrimp & Other Invertebrates
    I recently started a 5gal hex shrimp tank. It is planted with HC, wisteria, java fern, and soon to be pellia. I have some cherry, amano, and crystal black shimp in the tank. My question is will ottos eat the baby shrimp? I have heard otos are 100% shrimp safe, but didn't know if that was...
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