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Old 02-21-2012, 12:45 PM   #11 
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Is there anyway you can post a picture?
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Old 02-21-2012, 09:57 PM   #12 
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If the bristlenose you saw was a foot long, it wasn't a bristlenose. They max out at 6 inches.

From your description, that's definitely a pleco, not a cory. I had a brief flick through a pleco database to try and iidentify your guy, but a picture would definitely make it a lot easier. :)
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Old 02-22-2012, 04:47 PM   #13 
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here is a picture of him
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Old 02-22-2012, 05:09 PM   #14 
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I believe that is an otocinclus Does it look exactly like this guy? If so that is an oto and he will get only 2 inches
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Old 02-22-2012, 05:11 PM   #15 
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If it is an oto you need more of those for them to thrive I believe. Bombalurina could probably give better advice on how many and tank size.
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yes it looks just like that. Thank you. Ill do some research on how to take care of him now that i know exactly what he is :)
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Old 02-22-2012, 05:19 PM   #17 
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Okay, they do have some specific needs so make sure you check them out well and maybe start a thread in the "other fish" section. Ask them about what tank size they need and how many you need with him at the least. The full name and spelling is Otocinclus. Their nickname is Oto. Good luck.
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Thanks for all the help
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Old 02-22-2012, 05:36 PM   #19 
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Your welcome and the best of luck to you :)
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I'm inclined to think it is actually a chinese algae eater, not an oto, due to the the pattern on his back. His dots look pretty regular, while an oto's back in more mottled. If that's the case, he will definitely outgrow the ten gallon. They can also get vicious as they get older and may suck the slime coat off other fish. The fact that he is doing so well may be another indication - otos are usually delicate.

Time will tell you for sure - if he grows past two inches, he's not an oto.

If he is an oto, I'd advise a 20 gallon tank with at least 4 other otos. Keep a good supply of natural algae, not just algae wafers. If he's a CAE, I'd consider rehoming him now.
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