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PostSubject: Otocinclus    Fri Mar 14, 2014 7:21 am

I had a little shock yesterday. I was taking down a 29g tank that I had a pair of Platinum Angels in so I removed the Angels, drained the tank added about half the water back in, turned the heater off and was waiting until I had time to remove the driftwood and clean the filter system. At one time I had some Panda and Juli cories as well as 3 Otocinclus in there. I removed all of them prior to removing the Angels. I went to complete the task of cleaning out the tank when I noticed several small fish in the tank. As it turn out, my Ottos had spawned and the eggs hatched. I have had Ottos for a very long time and have never had them breed. I am curious if any one else have had success breeding Ottos? I will try to post some pics later.
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PostSubject: Re: Otocinclus    Fri Mar 14, 2014 8:40 am

Hey! gratz. I have seen people try to breed ottos with big numbers in heavily planted tanks. But successive rate is very low that way. I would be interested to know if you did anything special or what kind of water parameters you had when the tank was running.
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PostSubject: Re: Otocinclus    Fri Mar 14, 2014 8:50 am

I love it! This is one of those surprises that is welcome, for sure. I'm glad you spotted them in time.

I have never kept otos in any consistent manner and have never bred them for sure, but I have definitely had my share of accidental spawnings of tetras. I've found babies inside canister filters when I go to clean them, obviously being sucked up into the filter before they had a chance to be eaten. I've accidentally bred white clouds and ember tetras, but I probably couldn't do it if I tried, lol!

Congrats on your new babies - what a great discovery!

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PostSubject: Re: Otocinclus    Fri Mar 14, 2014 8:52 am

Sad to say I do not know. This tank was for a breeding pair of Angels and I had decided to down size and take it off line. I still did weekly water changes but little more. And for the last 2 week nothing at all. Maybe that was the trick. I will check the water later today. I moved the trio to a 55g so I will watch to see if they continue to breed.
 
Out of the faucet my water is soft, 6.8 ph. I have a large amount of Java moss on a large piece of Malaysian driftwood so nitrates were/are probably low. Pool filter sand and 1 Java fern. That's all that's in the tank.
 
The Ottos were added because of a brown algae problem at the time. They cleared that up and I just left them in there. I have several other tanks with Ottos, always try to keep 3 or more in a tank, but never noticed any of them breeding or trying to.
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PostSubject: Re: Otocinclus    Fri Mar 14, 2014 8:57 am

@DLW wrote:
I am curious if any one else have had success breeding Ottos? I will try to post some pics later.

Congratulations on the baby Otos, David!  Very Happy  It looks like a little bit of benign "neglect" and just leaving them be did the trick for you.  My Otos spawned in a heavily planted tank where I did nothing special, but the eggs were always eaten.  I believe the cherry barbs acted as a stimulus to get them going.  

Our member, James of Spotsylvania, is an Otocinclus breeder, and very successful.  
http://cvas.forumotion.com/t586-james-from-fredericksburg  

It might be interesting and helpful to review some of his breeding blogs.  
Here is the Planet Catfish link which lists his separate breeding threads:  
http://www.planetcatfish.com/forum/search.php?keywords=james0816&fid[0]=5

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PostSubject: Re: Otocinclus    Fri Mar 14, 2014 9:14 pm

Very interesting didn't know someone very close was breeding them. Do you know if he sells???
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PostSubject: Re: Otocinclus    Fri Mar 14, 2014 10:57 pm

Pretty neat story DLW. Congrats on the spawn.

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