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Joined: 12 Jun 2006

PostPosted: 2007.01.09(Tue)16:50    Post subject: Reply with quote

With otos, just toss in an algae wafer every week or so. They won't ignore the real algae, they'll just eat both. And algae in tanks usually doesn't last long with otos, so they might not have any real algae to eat.
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Location: Calgary, AB

PostPosted: 2007.01.09(Tue)20:03    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the info everyone.

What is the purpose of blanching, what does it do?
What color is your straitjacket?
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Joined: 15 May 2006
Location: Okotoks, AB

PostPosted: 2007.01.09(Tue)20:55    Post subject: Reply with quote

It bursts the cell walls, so the zucchini is softer and easier to eat. Freezing does the same thing... which is why frozen zucchini doesn't need to be boiled.
Am I obsessed? Wait a minute... don't answer that!
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PostPosted: 2011.06.17(Fri)9:19    Post subject: feed otocinclus Reply with quote

I have kept two Otos in a 10 gallon low tech heavily planted fishtank for 6 months. At the beginning I tried every type of vegetable recommended but my Otos did not seem to like any of it. I came to the conclusion that they alrady feed on something that's closer to what they eat in their natural habitiat and I stopped trying to feed kitchen vegetables. I think the secret is aquarium plants. Otos eat dead plant material and microscopic algae. One scientific study on Otos reported that Otos have dead plant material in their stomach. I also believe that if they move around a lot during the daytime hunting for food or have to depend on kitchen vegetable their nutrition may be inadequate. My Otos tend to hide or rest during the daytime and be more active when it's dark. They are also more active once the water becomes turbid with algae. I think that aquarium plants are absotuley essential to maintain Otos and in a heavily planted aquarium with adequate light to promote algae growth no supplementation is necessary.[/b]
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