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Thread: My three new Ottos!

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    I bought three Ottocinclus cats today. They had just been delived and were still in the bag.

    I asked for three, and she gave me three, but the lady at the checkout only counted two in the bag so I only paid for two. Alright!

    They have good, well defined color, fat bellies, and are moving around and eating. I know that these have a high mortality rate, but I hope atleast one survives. then I'll buy two more and replace the ones that die untill i've got three healthy ones. since these things die so frequently after you buy them (cyanide?), I bought 100 ml's of Purigen just in case.

    I'll post pics later tonight. Anyone have tips? All they are with is breeding Cherry shrimp (all but six of mine died in a power failure, i've got 10 more coming). I bought them algea wafers, but I didn't read the ingredients and they have copper sulfate in them (that would kill the shrimp). What do you guys use?

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    Photo page/care (mostly pics, lol)

    Very good care page

    Says they like zucchini.

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    The light fades out the colors on camera, but what do you think?





    I've had them abour 5 hours. Looks at how hungry they were!


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    Copper sulfate - bad
    Calcium iodate - good

    You may or may not see any effects of the copper on the shrimp, but it's not really worth the risk.

    I use hikari crab pellets, hikari sinking wafers, dried seaweed, spinach leaves, and whatever leaves fall off of whatever plant in the tank. The leaves are better, really. Some would say you should just drop a dried up oak leaf in there and feed them nothing else.

    EDIT: Err, that post was about the shrimp, not the ottos.

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    Hey Clint, thanks for the post. I was just about to post about ottos as I picked up two at my local pet shop. I bought the Hikari algae wafers earlier today. I hope they do well..didn't know about the high mortality rate when I bouth them. They are so cute. For some reason, I can't view your pics. Keep us posted.
    My chicken legs taste like chicken--only less meaty.

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    Really? Maybe this thread at the planted tank forum will let you see the pics.

    http://www.plantedtank.net/forums....do.html

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    Nope, still can't see them. I installed antiporn software to keep my son from flooding our home PC--maybe that blocks some stuff indiscriminately. I dunno. I never see pics that you and some others post anymore.

    I hope my ottos survive. This is a new tank with live plants and I transfered some algae from my established tank. I'm hoping the algae wafers will hold them over. They seem to spend a lot of time scanning rocks and other things that don't appear to have algae. Cute little buggers!



    My chicken legs taste like chicken--only less meaty.

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    I thinkt they can eat the slime coat, too.

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