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Old 10-29-2013, 04:11 PM   #1
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Otocinclus barbed scales?

I've had 4 otocinclus' for about 6 months now, in my planted aquarium. They tend to hide during the day among the plants, so I seldom see them. Today I pulled up a chair to watch my aquarium exist and I saw a couple looking for food under the hydrocotyle carpet. Until now I also haven't really looked at them closely when I do see them. I noticed that their scale were sticking out. I was of course a bit put off, because I've seen past goldfish with bloat. Upon a closer look I realized it looked more like barbed/hooked/spiky scales.
I wasn't entirely sure if this is normal. I found several close up photos and 3 macro photos depicting the same. Now, it seems kosher to me. Does anyone else have any input as to whether or not I'm correct in thinking this is normal?
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Old 10-29-2013, 04:18 PM   #2
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Great photo!
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Old 10-29-2013, 04:19 PM   #3
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Great photo!
It is, but it's not mine...lol
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Darn, would have been a sure winner for a photo of the month contest. Sorry I can't help on the question at hand, but I'm sure someone who can will be along shortly.
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