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bio load of oto cats?

Discussion in 'Catfish' started by txaggies07, Feb 21, 2007.

  1. txaggies07

    txaggies07 My fish are happy...i think

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    Does anyone know the bio load of oto cats? I was just curious since the 6 I have in my 46g aren't exactly cutting it and I would like to introduce more. However, I am running out of space to try to adhere to an inch per gallon type rule. Is their bio load large or small or regular?
     
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  2. NinjaPirate

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    What else is in the tank? Generally speaking I'd say they're on the small side for bioload, but it really depends on how much is in the tank for if you can add more or not.
     
  3. txaggies07

    txaggies07 My fish are happy...i think

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    The list is wrong in my signature
    Well...right now...
    7 Black Skirt Tetras
    6 Gold Pristella Tetras
    5 Blue Tetras
    3 Mollies
    2 Platys
    2 Dwarf Gouramis
    2 African Dwarf Frogs

    The tank is pretty heavily planted.
     
  4. icecubez189

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    don't follow the inch per gallon rule. your tank is not overstocked. in fact you can add some more otos. what do you mean by "they are not cutting it?"
     
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    I assume he means he's got an algae problem that the otto's aren't clearing up unassisted.

    The fact that it's a heavily planted tank leads me to believe that he probably has too much light and not enough ferts for his plants which is leading to high algae, but that's just a rough guess based on what little info he's given.

    But yeah, you could deffinantly put a few more ottos in there if you wanted.
     
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    txaggies07 My fish are happy...i think

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    I have the light and the ferts...the problem right now is the CO2. I have a leak in my system that I just dont have time to fix yet (next week or maybe later). I had to CAEs, and they kept the tank spotless. However, they became agressive and I had to give them away. I put the otos in a week or two ago and since then algae has started growing very quickly and the otos just cant keep up. The otos seem to like the plants much more than the algae. I was also thinking about adding a candystripe pleco. Everything I read says they only get to about 4 inches.
     
  7. BucJason

    BucJason I drink like a fish

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    oto's bio-load is very VERY minimal ..you'd be fine adding some more.
     
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    I've been in your position, and to be honest, oto's don't do a darn thing to algae. I tried otos, rubber lip plecos, snails and SAEs and none of them made a noticable impact on algae. It wasn't until I started fertilizing and adding CO2 properly that the algae subsided.

    Now don't get me wrong, a tank with a bunch of oto's is a lot of fun to watch. And rubber lip plecos are very cool too.
     
  9. Pallen81

    Pallen81 TheSunCoralTamer

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    in my experience, Oto's will tear through Red/Brown Algae... they love it.

    I don't know about green algae though. they may not be too into that.

    they are such small fish i don't think their bioload is anything too substantial.
     

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