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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?

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

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DJRansome said:
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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