Otocinclus and shrimp babies - truth or rumour?

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Otocinclus and shrimp babies - truth or rumour?

Postby Finley » Thu Aug 18, 2016 8:49 am

I'm keen to hear from anyone who has first hand experience of keeping correctly identified Otocinclus catfish with shrimp.

There's a widespread belief, often repeated, that Otocinclus leave shrimp alone and are safe to keep in the same tank.

There are also stories of Otocinclus chowing down on shrimplets, and even in one case on adults, so now that belief is also being repeated.

There are many cases of Otocinclus being confused with Siamese Algae Eaters and other similar looking fish.

I want to get to the truth. Can anyone who has ever kept definite Otocinclus with shrimp please tell me your experiences and observations?


BTW, for ID...

These are Otocinclus, with the sucker mouth and spot on the tail root:
http://aqua-fisher.narod.ru/Vid/SILUROI ... hoppei.jpg
http://media.aquariumcarebasics.com/ima ... t-leaf.jpg

These are not:
http://www.aquariumlife.net/profile-ima ... -eater.jpg
http://fishkeepingadvice.com/wp-content ... jpg?60c5ef
http://www.aquariumdomain.com/images/fi ... Eater3.jpg
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/ ... lgae_Eater)_in_Aquarium.jpg
http://www.aquariumlife.net/profile-ima ... -eater.jpg
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Re: Otocinclus and shrimp babies - truth or rumour?

Postby inverted » Thu Aug 18, 2016 10:09 pm

I keep both.... Haven't ever seen them chowing down.... But they are shifty catfish.
I think they are fairly safe ...but 100% I don't think so.
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