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|The Redfin Dwarf Otto|
by Kevin Korotev
age 512 of the soft cover Baensch Aquarium Atlas vol. 2 describes Parotocinclus maculicauda. The hardcover version of the same atlas may read the same, but lists the fish as Parotocinclus amazonesis. This mistake is a good indication of the mis-information available. It may also explain why retailers dont see it on The List very often. It was mere co-incidence that I was standing by as Peruvian suckers were hoisted from a wholesalers box at Garys Pets n Things in Cudahy, Wisconsin. Call it fate destiny great timing luck. These Peruvian suckers were actually Red Fin Dwarf Ottos and I knew it. I took the bag from Garys hand and walked to the checkout. He knew what was up...and smiled.
P. maculicauda is another
of the algae eaters that eat algae only
when they have to. My 5 were given a varied diet of
live baby brine, frozen bloodworms and simple flake.
Grazers by design, I made sure they werent dashing
for food at first sight; a sure sign of underfeeding.
Suckermouths or Lories as the new nickname
indicates, get that kind of treatment as a matter
of course as bottom dwelling Loricarid.
Rarely have I had more than
3 fry from any one spawn survive a month. My best
luck seems to come in rearing tanks loaded with
algae. The fry also seem to do a little better if
they can graze on a sponge filter coated with uneaten
food. Still, the fry grow excruciatingly slow. Those
that I submitted for BAP were well under an inch
at between 45 and 60 days. It took two spawns to
get the 5 required fish. I do not know if this is
a typical example of fry mortality or some true
bungling on my part...again there is little
If the atlases we use for reference arent always right and the experts dont always know, then this article may be the most unscientific detail youll ever see written about Parotocinclus maculicauda; the Redfin Dwarf Otto.
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