I have brown algae.... I got it right after my tank finished cycling. It is sooo ugly! Will it go away on its own or be a constant thing that I need an Algae eater for? I have heard mixed opinions so I want to set things straight. Thanks,
I think the reason the shop said that is that otos very quickly die of hunger, so they recommend to put him in a very established tank with an important algae colony. An oto, unlike other fish, is very healhty if he has a nice rounded belly. The only thing you need to do is to absolutely make sure they get something to eat (slices of cucumber go down a treat, and so do the algae wafers) if your tank isn't that covered in algae. That's what I did and they're absolutely fine. Oh, and the drs website sell this great thing: sheets of algae as a treat for fish. It's basically like the algae sheets they serve with sufhi. it's great because it gives them a huuuge surface to munch on.
Well, I got 2 Otos, they are going to town on the brown algae! I guess I will keep an eye on them & Wait till they have it pretty =well gone before I supplement any other food for them?
They are swimming around & don't know where to start ;D they swim from one side of the tank to the other, then to a plant, they something else... they are going to be busy for awhile ;D
They will be fine as long as there is algae to eat. I have found that mine can actually go a while without being fed (like when I'm on vacation). In an established planted tank they can usually find something to eat. However, you should feed them algae wafers or veggies when the algae is basically gone. The best algae wafers are the Veggie Rounds made by Omega One.
The reason Otos are so prone to starvation is because if they don't eat for too long, then the digestive bacteria in their stomachs will die off. This means that even if they get fed, they can't digest the food to get nutrition and will starve. This is mainly a problem in the empty, sterile tanks of fish wholesalers and pet stores, where there is no algae anywhere (which is one of the reasons newly bought Otos are so prone to dying).