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Old 06-08-2010, 02:39 PM   #11 
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I did some research on otos before I bought these and in most of the articles I read they're referred to as shoaling fish, though I think that's a somewhat general term.

What I've noticed is they do hang out together, usually a pair, occasionally all three. When they're not working that is. They're like little algae vacuum cleaners.

While I don't see a big problem with having just one, they do seem to be happier in numbers. So far all three of mine look okay, so I'm hopeful they all survive.
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I've read a few things about them being shoaling too, I wasnt sure whether to get 1 or 3 but think i'll go for 3 =) you know if there isnt enough algae in the tank, what will they eat? or is the algae essential?
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Having some algae in the tank to begin with may help them recover from the stress of being transported, and probably being malnourished as well.

I haven't tried other foods yet with mine as I had enough natural algae to keep the busy for a few days. Soon I'm going to try algae wafers and blanched cucumber, and see if they like it.

Another option would be to put a rock in a bucket of water, and place the bucket in the sun. Algae should grow on the rock and form an oto feast. You could probably rotate a few rocks in and out of the tank this way, and keep them fed indefinitely.
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Im planning on getting them tomorrow but I cleaned my tank monday. The rock thing seems like a good idea if only we had the sun here lol but I have algae wafers and the glass has that sick slimy stuff on it. Im sorry for hijacking your question lol
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