Are Otocinclus Schooling Fish



How many otocinclus catfish should be kept together?

Otocinclus are social fish, living in shoals of thousands in the wild. Because of this, you’ll need to keep at least 6 in your tank – 10-15 would be better.

Do otocinclus catfish need a school?

Otos aren’t technically schoolers, but they do prefer other otos around. It keeps them happier. I would suggest you pick up a couple more if you can, but it isn’t crucial.

Can I keep just 3 otocinclus?

Premium Member. Yes they should be kept in groups. They suffer psychological stress if kept alone or in small groups. 3 fish is the minimum recommendation, but I have always felt that keeping them in groups no smaller than 5 or 6 was best.

How many otos are in a 10 gallon?

A 10-gallon tank is suitable for a small group (4-6) of Otocinclus. You can keep adding more fish to your group, each additional fish needs a couple of gallons.

Are Otocinclus hard to keep?

It is often said that Otocinclus Catfish care is relatively easy. But while care should be easy and straight foreword, keeping Oto Catfish can be tricky because they a delicate freshwater aquarium fish.

Will different types of Otocinclus school together?

The otos do tend to like the Cory cats they hang out together but do not school. Different Cory cats will group up with each other. They enjoy the company of there own kind for sure.

How many Ottos Can I put in a 20 gallon tank?

As to the question, “How many otto’s in a 20 gallon tank” the rule of thumb is 1 for every 10 gallons. But you can add more if you don’t have a heavy fish load.

How many Ottos are in a group?

I think ottos are fine on their own, but they definitely seem happier in small groups. They behave differently when single, in a group of 3, and in a group of 10. IME, a single otto hides a lot and is rarely seen. A group of 3 can often be found resting together.

Can otocinclus live in 5 gallon tank?

However the specific types of algae you have also will dictate what algae eaters you use. That being said, I don’t think Otocinclus are a viable long term option for a 5 gallon tank. They are very social and like to have space to swim. Probably a 2′ or 3′ tank would be the minimum.

Can I keep two otocinclus?

To see the true nature of otocinclus catfish it’s best to keep them together rather than on their own. Otocinclus catfish are shoaling fish. When you keep them in groups of 6 or more you’ll notice them becoming a lot more confident.