Alternative Name(s): Dwarf Suckermouth Catfish
Scientific Name(s): Otocinclus macrospilus
Category: Tropical
Maximum Size: 4cms
Minimum Tank Volume: 50 litres
Minimum Tank Size: 18" x 12" x 12"
Water Temperature Range: 21-28°C
Water pH Range: 5.5-7.5
Water Hardness Range: 1-12 dGH

General Information: Generally more active at night. Specific species of Otocinclus are hard to differentiate, but requirements and behaviour are all much the same. They make good miniature algae eaters for a planted tank although will not tackle major outbreaks of algae. Must be kept in a shoal and they require very good filtration. Most species of Oto don't grow much over 3cm and prefer soft water.
Tank Requirements: Any well planted mature tank with suitable water parameters and no predators. Do not overfeed, but you should see them with a nice round belly.
Diet Requirements: Vegetable matter and algae. Supplement their diet with fresh veg and algae tablets for proper nutrition.
Compatibility: These offer no threat to any community although if starving have been known to suck on larger fish's slime coat.
Recommendations: Heavily planted tank with plenty of algae to eat and lots of places to hide.
Common Problems: Starvation due to lack of green foods, acclimatisation must be done very carefully.
Similar Species:
Sexing: Males are smaller and thinner than the females
Breeding: Not much on the subject, but they generally require very clean soft water and plenty of plants and algae to get in the mood.
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