Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Otocinclus - Acclimating, feeding and general care
So, I've done a little bit of research about these little guys, but since many people on this forum are so knowledgeable about fish in general I wanted to get your opinions on the matter.
So, I have my VT betta in a recently cycled 10 gallon tank and he seems to lonely in there that I want to get him some nice small herbivores and felt that otocinclus' would be the best choice.
I know I need to have a few of them and was thinking about getting 5. I also know that they are very sensitive and many die in the first month because of how they are captured/cared for.
So, what do you guys think? I know that one Petsmart in my area carries them. I haven't gotten around to checking some of the locally owned pet stores. Is Petsmart a good place to get them? Should I try the local pet stores first or maybe aquabid?
Is there a good way to acclimate them other than the standard way?
I know that they will eat algae wafers, cucumbers, zucchini etc, how much and how often is a good amount to feed them? I also have read that blanching the fresh veggies is a good idea as well.
I think that about covers my questions. Anything else you can think of would be most appreciative. Thanks in advance for your help.