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Old 08-03-2013, 10:18 AM   #1 
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Otos, are they good?

I am heading to Petco sometime today to get some new friends for my crowntail because he is depressed now that all of his tankmates have died.
The tank is clean and cycled, no more platy diseases in there!

I have been researching oto catfish as his next tank mate. I was planning to get maybe 3 of them for the ten gallon aquarium. The only problem is that I can't get live plants. Maybe I could get a few moss balls, but my dad does not want any live plants in the tank. I'm going to look for sand and some tree limb like driftwood to give the tank a makeover and to make it look more natural. How good are Oto cats for my tank?

I am planning to use my spare critter keeper to use as an acclimation tank so we don't run into problems there. (hopefully petco gives me some extra tank water) I know that they eat algae wafers and cucumbers, and I think that will work just fine for me. I just don't want to get them home and have them die a day after I get them into my fish tank.
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Old 08-03-2013, 02:33 PM   #2 
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I don't have any experience with Otos. But keep in mind that algae eaters produce a lot of waste. I had a few mystery snails and they helped with algae, but I had to clean the tank more often because there were more fish.
Bettas prefer to be alone. They don't necessarily get lonely, so you don't have to get them tank mates. They do love their owner's company! If he is depressed, you can give him trets, spend more time around his tank, etc. You can have a lot of fun.
If you are set on getting Otos, that's okay. They might get more aggressive towards your betta as they grow up.
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Old 08-03-2013, 02:42 PM   #3 
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I have Otos they are awesome. They do not poo Thant much I don't think of them as really increasing the bio load they do but not like a big snail or Pleco.

The thing with then is they need an established tank. They have a die off period. You can buy 8 and then be left with only one good one that will then live for years. I keep Otos in all my planted tanks. They do best in planted tanks.

Mine keep my tank spotless I have 2 in a 80gal with lots of plants. So they have lots to graze on. They don't really school. but do enjoy being around thier own kind.

I love Otos try to buy Otos that have been in the tanks for more then a week. The bigger the better. Fresh imported Otos are the ones that die off. I bought 8 from petsmart and only one lived. I bought 2 larger ones that had been at a Lfs for a long time. They did great in my tank and are still going strong.

I would never buy Otos from petsmart.

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Old 08-03-2013, 06:20 PM   #4 
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I bought three today along with some tetras. They seem to be getting on fine, they have big bellies and the Petco fish guy is VERY knowledgeable and knows his stuff. I put a piece of lettuce in there for them incase they want to eat it. I bought algae wafers and they didn't want them. I also bought a moss ball so hopefully that will bring some algae in.
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The best thing to do about the wafers is break them up into smaller pieces and scatter it around the tank so they have to scavenge for it.
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