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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 02-22-2012, 05:39 PM Thread Starter
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Otocinclus care?

Ok so Ive unknowingly has a otocinclus catfish in my tank for about 3 weeks thinking that it was a baby pleco. Im have just discovered however, that it is actually an oto. I dont know how to take care of it past what to feed it. Ive been feeding it algie pellets. It is very energetic and likes to dig. its uprooted almost everything in my tank and constantly looks for food. I feed it a pellet a day sense the pellets are large in comparison to my fish. Is there something more i could to for it? are there any special needs it has? Is it social? should I get a nother one for companionship? Any suggestions would be appreciated.
-ten gal tank, heated, lighted, and filtered. average temp 80 degrees.
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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 02-22-2012, 06:03 PM
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I think you might still have a mystery fish, not an Oto. Oto's do not normally uproot things in the tank. They are tiny and they stay small. They tend to hang out on the glass of the aquarium or on wood or plants. They will go on the substrate as well but not to uproot anything. If you post a picture, we might be able to help figure out what it is. If it is an Oto, it is unusual behavior.. I suspect you have some other type of Catfish.


This is an Oto

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It looks just like the picture you posted. Ive already posted another thread with a picture to decipher what it is. here is the pictre:photo.jpg
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I dont have sand or gravel in the tank. It is covered with marbles and sea shells. mostly because they are easy to clean and dont fit through my drains to clog pipes.
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That looks more like a Chinese Algae Eater to me.
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That looks more like a Chinese Algae Eater to me.
To me as well.

IF it is an Oto, then he/she will be quite busy eating algae around your tank. You can add slices of Cucumber for them to munch or spinach as they enjoy both. Don't leave those items in there too long. I usually take them out after 10 hours.

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It dose eat algie. there wanst a green spot left in my tank after the first week. he mowed down the whole thing. im just glad i didnt have any live plants. theyd certainly be gone by now. after all the algie was gone it took to pushing things over looking for food. the pic i took isnt a very good one. hes not really orange. hes silver like the one in the post above it. i just have bright orange plants in the tank that reflected off of him.
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I don't know, I have 8 Oto's in one tank and they don't eat plants or dig in the substrate. Not saying they can't I just have never witnessed that behavior in Oto's.

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I'm 99% certain it's a Chinese Algae Eater. They look quite similar while young. I would get rid of it any way possible. They will kill your fish eventually, and with the aggresiveness yours has shown already I suspect it wont take long.
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post #10 of 22 (permalink) Old 02-23-2012, 02:55 PM Thread Starter
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I have it in a tank with just 3 other female betas and a very tiny snail. he dosnt eat plants. he just swims around and sucks algie off of everything. he hasnt shown any agression towards the betas tho. i dont exactly want to get rid of the lil guy. How big do they get? and what can live with them?
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