Otos unable to eat algae wafers

Discussion in 'Freshwater Fish Forums' started by LadyRR, Dec 16, 2012.

  1. LadyRRValued MemberMember

    I have 2 otos in my tank, and when I try to put algae wafers in there for them, the other fish gobble them up before the ottos even get a chance to see them. Is there anything I can do to prevent this? Or something else I can feed them that the other fish won't eat? I have had them for about 2 years and they seem to be doing fine without the wafers, just eating whatever algae they find on the tank and decorations, but I wanted to start giving them something more to eat.

  2. JayseeFishlore LegendMember

    well, you could try feeding the algae wafers after you've fed the other fish what they eat - they'll be more likely to leave it alone when they are full. You can also try breaking it up into small pieces.

  3. ButterflyModeratorModerator Member

    Welcome to fishLore !
    Feed after lights out, break them in pieces and drop in different places in the tank. You could also drop in a tiny bit of floating food at the same time as you drop a wafer in.They sound like their doing fine.

  4. Matt BWell Known MemberMember

    You could also try offering them fresh veggies, I don't know what other stock is in the tank but they should get plenty of time to eat it if they want.

  5. amber0107Well Known MemberMember

    I clip some zucchini near a top corner of my tank that's less busy so my otos have a fighting chance. They usually devour it by morning.
  6. LadyRRValued MemberMember

    These are tiny algae wafers. Yea they are doing fine but I worry about them not getting enough to eat anyway. I guess I don't need to worry LOL.

    Yea I was going to try that. What is it cucumber? I can't remember what they eat. I know you have to blanch it before you put it in there so they will eat it.
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  7. monkeypie102Well Known MemberMember

    I got lucky :) the only other fish in my tank that compete for algae wafers, that aren't snails, are my cories and they taught my otos to eat freh veggies and wafers... anyways try breaking the wafers up and tossing them and different ends of the tank :)
  8. LadyRRValued MemberMember

    Yea that's it. I thought it was cucumber but yea. And by blanching it, it means putting it in the microwave for a few seconds, right?

    Well this was ALL of my other fish. My danios, my guppies, and my tetras. They all were in that little corner mobbing the wafers! LOL.
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  9. QQQUUUUAADDDWell Known MemberMember

    Yup that happens when I try to feed my cories any sinking food. 16 tetras swarm over it. The cories are the only ones besides snails that eat veggies so they can still get a good amount of food.
  10. LadyRRValued MemberMember

    Ok everyone. I went and got some Zucchini and blanched it and used one of those corn cob holder things and skewered it and tossed it in the tank. He is still not eating it. Basically ignoring it. I am just worried he isn't getting anything to eat.

    Should I just leave the Zucchini in the tank overnight and get it out in the morning? Maybe he will try to eat it. The other fish tried to attack it when it went in but they can't eat it LOL.
  11. Matt BWell Known MemberMember

    I would say leave it at least overnight to let him get a chance. 24 hours is the general guideline bit I have left it in for a bit longer.
  12. LadyRRValued MemberMember

    Ok will do thanks.
  13. ButterflyModeratorModerator Member

    Many times when we offer a new food our fish don't recognize it as food. Try offering it again and do leave it over night.
  14. LadyRRValued MemberMember

    OK he finally started eating the zuchini and wow! He looked like a cartoon character eating a cob of corn. It was funny. He would even get upside down on it and his little white belly was sticking up and tail was flapping trying to get at the zuchini. He was so comical.

    Anyway, he ate at it for most of the day today. I finally had to remove it because it had been in there overnight and most of the day and I had to do a water change. When I got it out, it didn't look like he had eaten any of it. Do they just suck the "juice" out of it? Or are they really eating anything? Or was it perhaps too hard for him? I blanched it in the microwave as was suggested here, and it sat overnight in the tank. Should I give a slice every night? Or just occasionally?

    Thanks again everyone
  15. ButterflyModeratorModerator Member

    He was probable getting plenty off of it :) Remember his tummy is tiny. in order for him to continue keeping your tank clean by eating algae and left over food I would only give him veggies about twice a week.

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