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Old 05-27-2013, 11:23 PM   #11 
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IF he is an oto and you want everone together you should still get a 15-20 so you can get 4 or 5 more. They are a schooling fish.

The Chinese Algae Eaters don't start out aggressive, they are fairly calm when they are small but as they get bigger they turn into bigger bullies.
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Oh my gosh, I just checked and he is definitely an oto. Crap. He had been solitary for the past five months. Should I bother getting him a school, then?
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It's not going to kill him to be without a school but he will be unhappy. One you get a bigger tank and get everyone settled in go to a store that can tell you what kind of algae eater they are selling you and get a few buddies for him.
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Okay I will definitely do that. So, the question remains. I need 2.5 gallons for my Betta. How much for each oto, each frog, and each snail? So I can figure how I will divide them up later if necessary?
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If that is all the stock you are going to have (5 otos, two ADFs and the snails), then a ten gallon minimum, 15 gallons being better.
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Old 05-28-2013, 01:18 AM   #16 
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The otos get to be about 1.5 inches so if you follow the 1 gallon per inch of fish that's 7.5 gallons, I'm reading 1 gallon of water per frog so that takes you up to 9.5 so for just the otos,frogs, and snails 10 is ok. If you want the betta in there too you can get rid of the 2.5 and just get a 15-20 gallon and everyone can go in that.
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Old 05-28-2013, 09:05 AM   #17 
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Would a ten gallon be good for now? The Betta is a baby and only about an inch long.
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Old 05-28-2013, 09:08 AM   #18 
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Try punching your stock and the other otos you want into AQadvisor.com with progressively bigger tanks until it tells you you're not overstocked, just to see what it says.
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That's a great site! Thanks for all the help, everyone. I had no idea that I was SOOOO overstocked.
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Old 05-28-2013, 09:23 AM   #20 
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AQadvisor told me that with the five otos in a ten gallon, I would only be at 103% stocking, but right now without the otos, I am at 162%. Yikes.
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