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post #21 of 25 (permalink) Old 02-19-2013, 01:18 PM
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My Otos eat Cucumber, Zucchini, Wardley's Algae Wafers and Hikari Bottom Feeder wafers. They didn't like algae wafers till I fasted them for a day then they tried it and now they love them.

After that they started eating the Hikari Bottom Feeder wafers that I put in the tank for my Cory Catfish. Sometimes fish wont eat what doesn't look or smell like their usual foods. When they get used to it they may try a bite and either like it or not.

Here are 3 my Otos searching for the Algae wafer I just put in the tank.
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Wow they look really healthy and cute! I see... maybe I can get them to eat algae wafers that way. I have managed to make some progress with the zucchini... I found out that for some reason they can't eat it well until it has been in the tank for over a day and a half. I worry because people say not to leave it in that long, but it doesn't look like it's rotting, it just looks like it softened a lot... Once it is like that they'll actually pick at it all day. They love the outside even more than the inside XD Today I'm trying carrots for the first time!

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I did a taste test challenge with my new otos yesterday. I hung a zucchini slice and a piece of carrot with thread against the glass. Nobody touched the zucchini, but the carrot was a hit.

I have heard of some saying leave the veggies in for two days max, so that's what I did. Mine, too, seem to prefer it after it's been in the tank for awhile.
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I'm bad. I never take it out, but depending on how hungry my snails and scuds are, the slices only ever survive for 2 or 3 days.

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My Otos wont eat their veggies the 1st day either, but after another day in there they chow down! I just bought some Rosy Barbs last month and discovered they LOVE the veggies too and eat right along side of the Otos. The Veggies are gone in a day or two after the 1st day of " Soaking" in the tank. They seem to all like the middle more than the outside, but they eat the whole thing after the middle is gone LOL!

Hmmm I have some thin carrot sticks I could try to feed them tomorrow to see if they like them. I bought the carrot sticks for my salads and for my Hermit Crabs, I never thought of trying them with my Otos. I even bought some fresh Broccoli too, maybe they will find that yummy as well. I'll soon find out :)

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