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I went ahead and added three little otos to my tank today, so we'll see how they make out. The male betta who firmly believes he owns the tank was a little perturbed when I added them, but he's simmered down now and seems ready to accept them as long as they don't get uppity.

The question in my mind is whether the little guys will make it. They seem active and healthy, but apparently they're pretty fragile and don't have a real good survival rate when first added. Time will tell.
 

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apparently they're pretty fragile and don't have a real good survival rate when first added
This is true, but once theyve been in your tank for a little while they seem to do pretty well. I had bought 3 and on the first day I lost one already and within a few days I lost another but the third one Ive had for around 2 months now and hes doing just fine. I plan on getting a few more. What size tank do you have?
 

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They're in a 7 gallon tank, with a betta whose nose is a little out of joint but who's adapting pretty well to his new buddies. I was originally planning on only adding 2 otos, but figured with their low survival rate I'd toss in an extra. So far all 3 seem happy and healthy.

The tank had enough algae that they're keeping busy, and if they were starved, they should have a decent chance at recovery. Right now they seem to think it's buffet time.

My wife wants me to set up a second tank. If I do, I'm thinking of a 16 gallon. One or two of the otos could eventually end up in that one. For the moment, I need to watch the numbers on my water and make sure the tank can handle the 4 fish.
 

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I've heard these little guys are supposed to be awesome at keeping a tank clean but I can't find them anywhere over here =(
 

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I added 3 otos a little over a week ago, and at feeding time today I found one dead and stuck to the filter :(
 

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I added 3 otos a little over a week ago, and at feeding time today I found one dead and stuck to the filter :(
That's sad.

I figure if mine make it to the three week mark, they'll probably be okay. They sure are active little guys.
 

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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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