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Otocinclus - Tricky Beasts

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Otocinclus - Tricky beasts
« on: March 22, 2017, 09:27:40 AM »
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Well I woke up this morning to find a dead Otocinclus  :(

It had managed to get itself stuck in one of those black plastic plant pot/basket things which I had fixed to the side of the tank to grow some plant cuttings in.

So I basically feel like a right idiot this morning  :vcross:

Just thought I a) ought to share this so others can avoid this issue, and b) perhaps start a bit of a discuss about people's experiences with these fish.

So, keeping positive, on to part b!

I normally keep 2/3 of these fish in my 64litre. But have always struggled to keep them alive for more than about a year.
I read that they are shoaling fish so I'm not sure if this would be considered sufficient numbers but I worry about them starving when I'm away and cannot add algae wafers.
I find they can become quite reclusive even nocturnal.

What are other experiences?

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Re: Otocinclus - Tricky beasts
« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2017, 06:36:46 PM »
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Sorry to hear that your oto got stuck in a pot. Unfortunately you can't really foresee these sorts of incidents, they are unexpected.
Thanks for sharing this information with us, I hope that it does help others to avoid a similar situation.
I don't have any experience with otocinclus, but am very interested as I plan to get some for my betta tank when it is mature enough. I have heard that they can have quite a high mortality rate when new, but not much else.

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Re: Otocinclus - Tricky beasts
« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2017, 09:40:09 PM »
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@Matt I have heard that they can be tricky but haven't had problems myself, probably just luck. They need good water conditions but some 'nice' algae in the tank so they do best in an established tank. I read that they arrive wild caught and starved usually and a lot just never recover. I think I have eight in my tank but it's really hard to see them in one go, not nocturnal it would seem, but little ninja's as they flit between resting places. They have two evil spines that protrude at an angle that they use as props when not feeding. It is possible yours manages to get them caught like barbs in the basket while ferreting for food. So I wouldn't necessarily blame yourself - could easily have been a racing incident.

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Re: Otocinclus - Tricky beasts
« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2017, 10:13:55 AM »
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I've got four of the little darlings and they're lovely, interesting fish. I don't often see all four at once, though. My tank's 'very mature' (i.e. a bit of a jungle) and I haven't lost one since getting them in June last year.

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Re: Otocinclus - Tricky beasts
« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2017, 08:06:42 AM »
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Hi, I posted before, I lost one that was so weak when I purchased that it literally couldn't swim away from the outlet filter, and I found it stuck against it. I was gutted and didn't know they could be so starved and weak. I had four, then bought four more from another shop that looked slightly bigger, the seven are now thriving and have grown a fair bit and look great. By the way I never spot them all at once, I need to rely on a teenager who will look for ages!

I put it down to one of those things and although not seeking blame, the initial shop shouldn't have sold them yet, as this was a move too far too quickly.  Racing incident, I like that, but it does hurt.

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