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Default Otto's Feeding Dilemma!

I think Lemuel mentioned he had a similar problem in another thread the other day.

I'm starting to worry that my Otto's aren't getting enough food because every time I put sinking wafers/tablets in for them, the other fish go & gorge themselves silly & the Otto's never get a look in.

I even got up at 2am the other night to feed the Otto's, leaving all the lights off, but as soon as the tablet sank, I noticed the other fish went straight to it - they are even getting darker in colour because they are eating too much spirulina. I make sure that the fish are well fed, but they just can't help themselves - I know it's just a fishes natural instinct, but it is a real pain!

I hope the Otto's are still getting some nutrients from the algae in the tank, but there isn't much & one of them is becoming rather pale - I think I may have to move them - This is happening in both tanks that the Otto's are in, & I have also tried cucumber/lettuce etc. for the Otto's, leaving it in there for a dy or so because they like soft/mushy food but they don't seem to like veggies.

Does anyone have any other suggestions!

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Hmmm, I don't have any suggestions cause I am afraid I am going to have the same problem. Mine do the same thing. So far, mine are doing good, but every time I throw an algae tablet in, the others one attack it and they are all much bigger than the Otos. The Otos do try and eat too, and they use their bodies to try and cover the tablet, but they are just too tiny. They do the same with the shrimp pellets I put in there but the big fish always win.
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Otocinclus are not the mighty algae eaters as they are reputed to be. As they age in the tank they get lazy and go after the regular fish food because it is easier to get. It is very good to try to target feed them veggie material, but they will get plenty of nutrition from the general fair if they can get to it. If they aren't hollow bellied, they are getting enough.
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The Otos do try and eat too, and they use their bodies to try and cover the tablet, but they are just too tiny. They do the same with the shrimp pellets I put in there but the big fish always win.

Mine would do that too! but now they don't get a chance!

I have been keeping an eye on the pale ones tummy for a few dys now Dano, & I think it is sinking in so I moved him this morning into one of the other tanks to see how he goes. Thanks!
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Unfortunately otos are rather finikey fish. Some people seem to do well with them, but the majority have limited success at best. The ones I have known to live the longest were kept in well planted aquariums with few or no other fish. I wish I could say something majical that would help with the otos, but my old black top hat and rabbit are as worn and usless as I am.
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Thanks LOL! you know that is absolutely true about them doing better in a tank by themselves - when I had them in the Q.tank by themselves they were much more outgoing & swimming around everywhere even during the day but when in with other fish they are much more reserved.

Maybe I will move them all into their own tank!
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How about a tank divider on one end of the tank for awhile? Wonder if that would work? Then they would have a chance to eat and it would also give the algae a chance to build up again in the rest of the tank.
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Otos are not avid eaters of Algae Wafers. And other fish in tank compound the problem. I am just glad that I have Algae in my tank
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well i made a coconut cave in my tank here is a link http://www.aquariumlife.net/projects...oration/87.asp.

My oto and clown pleco are eating the fibers and have full bellys.


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How about a tank divider on one end of the tank for awhile? Wonder if that would work? Then they would have a chance to eat and it would also give the algae a chance to build up again in the rest of the tank.

Clever Girl! fishlover that is a great idea - I feel so silly I have recommended dividers for various problems but I didn't think of it for my own situation.


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mrudzki; Otos are not avid eaters of Algae Wafers. And other fish in tank compound the problem. I am just glad that I have Algae in my tank

My oto's love spirulina tablets/flakes but won't eat the other actual algae wafers until they are really really mushy!!


Thanks for all the input everyone
 


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