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Old 10-27-2008, 04:27 PM   #11
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Old 10-27-2008, 11:54 PM   #12
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... i also asked about an otto cat for the cleaning fish
IF you get the tank set up and down the road find you are experiencing problems with "brown algae" (actually diatoms) or green dust algae (GDA) on the tank glass or on the sufaces of broad-leafed plants, then yes, you could add one Oto catfish without much worry.

But I would only do that if you run into the algae problems I described. If there is not enough algae for the oto to eat, he will likely starve. And if you have algae but it is other kinds of algae (e.g. green spot algae, hair algae, etc.), the oto will not eat it so it's the same as if you had no algae, he'll likely just starve.
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could i feed the oto algae wafers or other food if he not getting enough for his type of algae
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could i feed the oto algae wafers or other food if he not getting enough for his type of algae
My experience is otos are finicky in this respect. Over my years with tanks I've probably had 20-30 otos, and of them, I can think of two that would ever eat more than a passing bite from a wafer. Some people report luck with otos eating blanched cucumber (seeds removed), I've never tried that so I can't say for sure. I'm a little doubtful, though, that cucumber would have the range & quantity of nutrients necessary to keep an oto alive long-term.

I know preferences are always subjective, but in my mind, otos are a functional fish--you put them in your tank because they accomplish a given purpose (cleaning flat surfaces of soft algaes). If your tank doesn't have enough of that sort of algae to keep an oto alive, then I don't really see why you would want an oto in there in the first place.
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then how about a cory or are they to large for a 5.5 gallon which am having friend in canada go get as i type this having him check the bulb for for the proper k rating if not will have to read if bettas will eat the cleaning guy i get ie shrimp or a snail
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ok the bulb has an 18.00 k rating now what type of plants can i get for that
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