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Thread: Are Otocinclus sensitive to metals?

  1. #11
    My info is based on observations and what I can rule out or at least, seems not very likely.
    If it were environmental, why do the few that remain live through the 9 levels of Hell?
    I cannot rationally accept that.

    I've rarely ever seen them eat any food I've offered.

    Tanks where there are more algae eaters= less otto's.

    I've added and resupplied more later, only to revert back to the standard 6-8.
    Why are we left with some and why do they do very well for years, while the initial die off is rapid and then tapers slowly?

    Food is the only decent hypothesis I can account for.

    Similar observation based things for algae, plant growth, breeding, shrimp(rampant myths occurred really fast as that hobby took off), Fish health etc........help address the myths and hopefully narrow the potential causes down to a few that you can look at more closely and if lucky, rule out another 1-2 more.
    But this takes time and experience, something many on line lack.

    I really do not know much, but I know what I can rule out.

  2. #12
    Is it possible that otos are sensitive because they are wild caught and not bred in aquaria? I'd imagine that by the time they get to us, they have been through a lot of stress.

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    i am looking for oto affinis in my tank, now i dont know if 6 of them on a 12g tank is way to much!

    For now i have diatom problem, but if they only eat these algae and not the BBA i have, the only foods i can think of is vegetables like courgette and such,

    Tom, any experience feeding them vegetables?

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    i am looking for oto affinis in my tank, now i dont know if 6 of them on a 12g tank is way to much!

    For now i have diatom problem, but if they only eat these algae and not the BBA i have, the only foods i can think of is vegetables like courgette and such,

    Tom, any experience feeding them vegetables?

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    I feed mine cucumbers

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  5. #15
    Any squash and cucurbita will work, some folks steam the veggies a bit, then feed.
    Beans (steamed) would seem like a good food to me.

  6. #16
    Any squash and cucurbita will work, some folks steam the veggies a bit, then feed.
    Beans (steamed) would seem like a good food to me.

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