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Un_Lu.cK_y
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PostPosted: 2010.07.29(Thu)14:24    Post subject: Oto vs pH Reply with quote

I have heard oto's tend to be sensitive so would an oto make it in water with a pH of 7.5? Also how much does gH or dH matter in a situation like this? Is water hardness more important then pH?
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PostPosted: 2010.07.29(Thu)14:43    Post subject: Reply with quote

I keept otos in 7.4
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PostPosted: 2010.07.29(Thu)15:07    Post subject: Reply with quote

I keep 'em in a pH of 8.0

I haven't had any trouble other than a freak disease and one disappearing.
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PostPosted: 2010.07.29(Thu)16:09    Post subject: Reply with quote

I keep em in 8.2, no troubles.

They're sensitive to chemical pollutants (being scaleless catfish, be careful when dosing meds) and they don't like nitrogen compounds. Keep up with water changes, maybe get some plants, keep nitrates low and ammonia/nitrite at 0 and they should be fine.

With regards to parameters, they are quite adaptable provided they are well acclimated. I foresee no troubles related to pH when its only 7.5.
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PostPosted: 2010.08.01(Sun)12:54    Post subject: Reply with quote

Had them a long time ago and I didn't measure pH back then, but if it was the same as it is now, it was 7.4. They did fine as far as I could tell, but then something freaky happened. They would disappear, then reappear, then die. Confused
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PostPosted: 2010.08.25(Wed)0:19    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have them in a pH of 7.6. Just found one dead this morning I purchased with another one a week ago to give my one oto some partners. But it was very small and I think it was just to much for it getting catched an rehoused.
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PostPosted: 2010.09.01(Wed)9:52    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oto's can be more difficult to keep because they do need really good water conditions (pristine). Most people don't add them to a tank until it's settled for a good three or more months.

Regular water changes, real plants and some brown algae to eat is very helpful.

I don't know if it's 'normal' but mine love the side of the tank with the most current flowing.
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