Re: Ottos

> From: olga at arts_ubc.ca
> I recently bought 2 fish that are supposed to be Ottos. However,
> one seems to be more gray and to have a slimmer profile with more speckled
> fins. It also seems to spend most of it's time on the bottom. It's about an
> inch and a quarter long. The other fish I bought with it is only about 3/4
> inch and looks more like an Otto's usual colouring and spends it's time
> like an Otto on the plants and glass. Does anyone have any idea what the
> "non-otto" is? Do Ottos come in colour variations? It seems to be eating
> something off the gravel but is very inactive compared to a usual Otto.

I have two different types of Otocinclus; the common one with dark
horizontal bars on the sides with white belly and a light strip above
the dark one: the top of the fish is a mottle grey; the head is triangular.
The other one lacks the distinctive striped marking and is a mottled
brown color. This one is more shy. There are two or three variations
of Otocinclus pictured in the Baench atlas. I don't recall which volume
but let's check our respective volumes tonight, at home.

Frequently the Otos school with the SAEs and they seem to enjoy a
rough and tumble game of tag with rules only they understand. :-)

 Steve Pushak - spush at hcsd_hac.com - Vancouver, BC, Canada

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