Otocinclus

  1. Puck44

    Puck44 Valued Member Member

    What are youre experiences with Otocinclus? How many can you have in a 30 gallon tank?
     
  2. tomb

    tomb New Member Member

    I have 4 in a 64 litre tank sorry i dont know how many gallons that is. 3 are active and swim with each other and one hides :(
     
  3. Thunder_o_b

    Thunder_o_b Fishlore VIP Member

    Ottos are notoriously difficult to keep alive more than a couple of months. Seems to be a state side issue. Our members across the pond seem to do quite well.

    I have them in all our aquariums. They like a seasoned aquarium. Feed them blanched veggies and high quality algae wafers. I have found that I loose 25% the rest live long lives.

    Oh, and they need to be in a real school. Ours are in schools of 9 and 12

    You need to up the numbers.
     
  4. Numina

    Numina New Member Member

    64 liters is 17 gallon. Is it still wise to up the numbers? I have just learned they do better or should be in a 20 gallon from another thread.
     
  5. Thunder_o_b

    Thunder_o_b Fishlore VIP Member

    Yes. If you have adequate filtration, proper maintenance and water changes.

    They should be in a larger aquarium. So your choices are:

    1. Do nothing.

    2. Up the numbers with proper filtration etc.

    3. Get a bigger aquarium and use the smaller one as a quarantine aquarium. My suggestion.
     
  6. tomb

    tomb New Member Member

    Thanks for the advice
    We would get a bigger tank if we had funds or somwhere to put a bigger one.
    We will get a few more based on advice but worry about over filling tank as is :)
     
  7. Thunder_o_b

    Thunder_o_b Fishlore VIP Member

    You are welcome :)

    But remember with ottos water quality is critical. I run 10x the water volume in GPH filtration.