Otocinclus vittatus
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Otocinclus vittatus

Common Names: Dwarf Suckermouth
Dwarf Sucking Catfish
Family: Loricariidae
Category: Catfish_Bottom_Feeders
Distribution: America - South; Brazil, South America
Main Ecosystem: River; River
Temperament: Peaceful; Peaceful. Do not combine with agressive fish.
Diet: Herbivore; Herbivore
Care: Feed sinking algae wafers, zucchini. Do not scrape the algae from the back glass as this will be eaten. Regular water changes and good filtration are required. Broad leaved plants are essential. They can be very delicate fish though, if proper care is not given them. They fare best with very clean water and live plants. When adding these fish to your tank, acclimate them for much longer than usual to avoid problems.
6 - 8
20°C - 26°C
68°F - 79°F
5 dH - 19 dH
Potential Size: Male: 5cm (2")
Female: 5cm (2")
Water Region: Bottom; Bottom
Activity: Nocturnal; Nocturnal
Gender: Difficult to determine. Females grow larger and are rounder bodied.
Breeding: Can be difficult. Lower the water level and raise the temperature slightly. Then add water to the tank through a watering can, at the original temperature. The eggs will be laid under leaves.
Comments: An excellent solution to algae problems. Note that there exists more than one Otocinclus species with the familiar striped colouration of this species, and that determining the exact identity of a particular fish usually requires dissection by a trained professional! To add to the confusion, various trade names (e.g., Otocinclus arnoldi) which are no longer considered valid taxa scientifically are used by dealers. The entire Genus is overdue for revision. Otocinclus catfishes are wonderful, dili
Main Colours: Brown, Black
Markings: Striped Horizontal
Mouth: Sucking Disc
Tail: Forked
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