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OTO with my african cichlids- clarification Please

Postby iluvmud » Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:13 pm

Hey guys,

So I'm getting a bit of that brown algae on one side of my tank on on my inlet to my filter. I thought it would be a good opportunity to possibly add some OTO fish (about 8) to my tank. I have read about properly prepping them for the main tank and what not, but what I see is a lot of mixed responses to whether or not theyll be ok with Cichlids... I hear theyll eat them, theyll ignore them.... so really not a definitive answer.

Anyone here have Otos in your tank?

Thanks,
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Re: OTO with my african cichlids- clarification Please

Postby Ichthys » Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:33 pm

I don't think they would stand a chance... if anyone has them with Rifts they must be hiding all the time. Plus they wouldn't like the hard water.
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Re: OTO with my african cichlids- clarification Please

Postby DJRansome » Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:25 pm

Oto's are delicate and require completely different water parameters and environment from African Rift Lake Cichlids. Go for an Asian tank if you want otos.

Manage algae by controlling nitrates and light.
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Re: OTO with my african cichlids- clarification Please

Postby Ichthys » Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:49 pm

DJRansome wrote:Oto's are delicate and require completely different water parameters and environment from African Rift Lake Cichlids. Go for an Asian tank if you want otos.

Manage algae by controlling nitrates and light.


Why Asian? Otos are South American
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Re: OTO with my african cichlids- clarification Please

Postby DJRansome » Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:21 pm

Something other than aggressive hard water fish. Like the Amano tanks.

I was not thinking of a biotope, but you are right.
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Re: OTO with my african cichlids- clarification Please

Postby iluvmud » Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:54 pm

DJRansome wrote:Oto's are delicate and require completely different water parameters and environment from African Rift Lake Cichlids. Go for an Asian tank if you want otos.

Manage algae by controlling nitrates and light.


This is what I was after....

So more frequent water changes (had been doing it once every week and a half, will now do it weekly). The lights I dont keep on more than 10hrs .

Thank you sir!
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Re: OTO with my african cichlids- clarification Please

Postby nodima » Wed Feb 14, 2018 7:42 am

iluvmud wrote:
DJRansome wrote:Oto's are delicate and require completely different water parameters and environment from African Rift Lake Cichlids. Go for an Asian tank if you want otos.

Manage algae by controlling nitrates and light.


This is what I was after....

So more frequent water changes (had been doing it once every week and a half, will now do it weekly). The lights I dont keep on more than 10hrs .

Thank you sir!



10 hours is a long time - generally the lights are more for us than for the fish. Are you able to view your tank for all of those 10 hours?
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Re: OTO with my african cichlids- clarification Please

Postby Old Newbie » Wed Feb 14, 2018 8:29 am

iluvmud wrote:
DJRansome wrote:Oto's are delicate and require completely different water parameters and environment from African Rift Lake Cichlids. Go for an Asian tank if you want otos.

Manage algae by controlling nitrates and light.


This is what I was after....

So more frequent water changes (had been doing it once every week and a half, will now do it weekly). The lights I dont keep on more than 10hrs .

Thank you sir!


10 hours of light is going to grow algae, probably lots of it. I keep all my lights on timers; on at 5:30, feed at 6:00 am, back off at 7:00 am, on again at 3:00 pm when I get home from work and off for the rest of the night at 7:00 pm. I still get algae and my nitrates are not high.
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Re: OTO with my african cichlids- clarification Please

Postby DJRansome » Wed Feb 14, 2018 7:07 pm

No need for any artificial lights, but if you want them, limit to 6 hours daily or less.
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Re: OTO with my african cichlids- clarification Please

Postby iluvmud » Thu Feb 22, 2018 12:49 am

DJRansome wrote:No need for any artificial lights, but if you want them, limit to 6 hours daily or less.


Thanks, been doing that now. It seems to be helping already.
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