Ottos and Discus

Discussion in 'Discus Fish' started by Hyde, Dec 29, 2009.

  1. HydeNew MemberMember

    Can Ottos and discus be in a tank together? No gravel, but with some driftwood and plants on it. I know that the kory cats can, but will the ottos suck the side of discus

  2. dvc_rValued MemberMember

    I can only speak from my experience. I had 8 ottos in my 75 gal tank. I also have 7 Discus, two dozen Rummynose, two German BLue Rams, 8 cory cats and two Albino Plecos. I caught one Otto sucking on the side of one of my Discus about 6 months ago so I put him in another tank. Two weeks ago I saw another doing the same thing but not as "relentless" as the other. The Discus just shook it away and I haven't seen it happen since. I still watch very closely because I have two pairs in the tank now and they keep laying eggs and I'm afraid the ottos will be back if the Discus start to produce their "slime coat" for the fry. But it hasn't happened YET.
  3. HydeNew MemberMember

    Thanks for your input, I was worry about one fish with only having the drift wood and sides of the tank to eat. having to water change 2 a week will there be enough food for the oto or will it just go after the discus
    Last edited: Dec 29, 2009
  4. SlugWell Known MemberMember

    Its possible. Just monitor it and check your discus for marks every now and then.
  5. HydeNew MemberMember

    Well it took some time, but I was finally able to talk my wife in for another tank in the house. So all my old fish goes to the new tank aaaaand I get my Discus tank. All good, So my tank will only have Discus inside. This will give a chance to see if I can keep them alive and heathy. Love this website, so much info here and help
  6. SlugWell Known MemberMember

    Awesome! ALways good to get new discus tanks ;)
  7. dvc_rValued MemberMember


    You know you get stars on this forum for that! I think they're called achievement stars!:;laughing
  8. Betta WhispererWell Known MemberMember

    I hear this all the time but in all my years of having fish I have never had it happen with oto's or plecos or any other type of sucker. I have large pleco's in my outdoor pond in the summer with my Koi and fancy goldfish also. My thoughts on this subject are that a sucker fish will not suck on another fish unless it is hungery and not getting enough to eat. You might try feeding your sucker fish some veggie waffers and veggie flakes. That may cut down on the problem.
  9. SlugWell Known MemberMember

    Whisper, I suspect (and this is just my thoughts) is that it will only happen to fish that have been known to feed their young from slime coats on their body. Maybe its a certain something that is contained in those fishes slime coats that isn't in others but it seems to only happen in those situations. And many times it will happen at night when the bottom feeders venture out and the other fish stay dormant near the bottom.

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