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Old 09-01-2013, 11:35 PM   #1
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How to tell the difference

If my local fish store has a label "algae eater" on their tank, how do I know if I'm getting an Otocinclus catfish or Chinese ?? I want an oto because they are peaceful and I heard Chinese can be mean and don't eat algae once older. Thanks guys!
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Old 09-01-2013, 11:44 PM   #2
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Otos are really small an have a black stripe down there side
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This is just from what I have run into . So an expert by know a little better .

But m Chinese is a lighter color then the Otocinclus catfish.
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do you have a cell phone that you can pull up pictures of each? if you aren't confident in identifying a fish, this would be the easiest way. otherwise typically you will see the otos in groups shoaling with each other and you won't see that as much with CAEs or SAEs. i wouldn't recommend getting any otocinclus yet. they need a well established, stable tank with a nice layer of algae/biofilm. most otos are wild caught and usually pretty sensitive in the beginning
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Old 09-02-2013, 12:09 AM   #5
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Anything labeled "Algae eater" is most likely a chinese algae eater. Any store that will sell either siamese algae eaters or otos will label them as such because they are very popular and sell quickly.
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