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Otocinclus Catfish

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I've read many differing viewpoints on care for these little guys. I recently (just over 2 days ago) aquired an oto and would like to know how people have helped theirs thrive. In my tank I already had 6 Ghost Shrimp, a marimo moss ball, an Endoa plant, a Lucky Bamboo, a filter, heater, a light, and several caves/hidey places with marble pebble terrain. The tank has cycled since becoming established on the 12th of May after I lost my betta and cleaned everything out.

What are special needs I need to be aware of? I already have algae growing in my tank as well as some algae wafers. How often should I actually feed her? (I'm pretty sure its a girl) Also, how long will she take to fully adjust and perk up to be her normal self? At first she went crazy swimming around the tank on the substrate cleaning the algae off of the few rocks I have in there but she has since slowed down and is just kinda chilling in one area of the tank. At one point I actually thought she was dead but then when I moved my hand near her she totally moved. Is there anything that I can do to make her more comfortable while fully adjusting and make sure that she will survive? I've read they're hard to keep unless it's perfect. I also haven't named her yet because I'm scared of losing her (the last time I lost both my betta and the two ADFs within 2 days) and I don't want to do anything wrong.

Also, I know it's not very big, but I'm using a 5 gal cause that's all I have room for until I eventually move and I had been able to upgrade from the terrible .7 I had been using for my poor betta without realizing it was far too small. (When I do finally get the courage and space to get another betta it will only touch that tank if it gets sick as a hosp tank.) I've already learned so much from the community here and I'd really like to make sure I do the best I can with these guys.
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Probably gonna sounds dumb but... what is TFK? So I should probably get two more for my 5 gal for right now? They will be ok?
So I have three total now... But one of them looks a bit different from the other two... o_O?
Thanks~ I didn't realize that there was a parent site >.<;; So there is some algae in my tank, and on my substrate but I don't think there's enough to keep them well fed I don't think... I should feed them the algae wafers as well to make sure they get enough? I also got a vegetable clip. I didn't realize there was a step after cycling the tank... Now I've got to have it become mature x_x lol I hope that these guys will stick with me...
I also will look into getting at least one more plant if not more... Just got to find a place around here that sells like java moss and other such things.
Thanks! I think my petsmart has java fern... but don't I have to quarantine it? How long and ca I do that in my .7 hosp tank with dechloinated water?
Alright. Thanks. My Petsmart has all their plants in one big flowy area other than their marimo moss which you buy in its on container. So if I get them from there (also I've seen little crawdad looking guys and snails in this flowy water area) how long do I need to keep them seperate or at all?
Alrighty, thank you so much for the advice! I actually lost two of the three of my otos... Not really sure why but I'm still going to get some new plants and plant more in my tank. I will find SOMETHING that will survive :/
Thanks guys. Here's to trying to help this last little guys survive. Is there anything that I can do for him right now to try and help him survive? He was almost twice as long as the other two (my original died this morning and the midget one last night so now I only have the biggest one left) He appears to have eaten most of the algae wafer I put in there for him... but I can't be sure. And he is constantly moving around.
Still alive this morning although not as active. I've been doing 2 gallon water changes like every other day since I got them to try and make sure the water stays clean. I really wish I had a test kit. >.<;;
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