Join Date: May 2011
Location: Elk Grove, California
I, too, was incredibly surprised and quite dismayed at how much otos can poo. The first batch I bought had literally coated the bottom of their bag on the 10 minute car ride from the pet store to home. There were only 3. I later returned them because of this, thinking that any creature that could poo that much must be sick. About a month later, facing an algae problem, my LFS talked me into buying more. This group of 3 didn't poop as much as the batch from Petsmart did but they still do an impressive "fertilization" job on the ground. But overnight, literally overnight, the new trio had cleaned up my algae-covered plants until they looked like they had just been planted. I was amazed. As far as I'm concerned, nothing can clean algae off plants like otos can.
I've heard that many otos are wild-caught and thus can sometimes be very sensitive and die easily.