The Planted Tank Forum banner

Is this OTTO sick?

551 Views 4 Replies 5 Participants Last post by  Solcielo lawrencia
Hi, I just purchased this OTTO from Petsmart, and it is very pale almost translucent. My other OTTOS are a lot darker, could it be that this is just a very young fish?


See less See more
1 - 5 of 5 Posts
Looks like shocked. Give it a couple of days and see.

Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
I experienced the exact same issue with pale colored Ottos from Petsmart about a month or two ago, and yes most of them died. Good thing is they give you your money back within 14 days I believe. I always like to ask when they got the shipment in since a certain percentage of new fish often don't make it long in the store.

I have however bought darker colored Ottos in the past from both Petsmart and my local aquarium stores that were healthy with no issues.
Due to the way the fish are kept, many of them live in stressful conditions so their colors fade. They can control their pigmentation and when they feel safe and well-fed, they will return their darker color.
1 - 5 of 5 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.