Temp: 74-85° F
Max. Size: 4.25″
Native to: South America
The Giant Otocinclus Catfish is NOT the same as the common Otocinclus (note the latin name). This fish grows to about 4.25″ in aquaria, whereas the common Oto might max out at 2″ or so. This algae-busting favorite of aquarium hobbyists is extremely rare and hardly ever available in any petstore. The Otocinclus Catfish does a great job keeping aquarium glass and plants free of distracting green. Your aquascape and schooling fish will take center stage when the Otocinclus Catfish turns problem algae into delicious meals using its sucker-type mouth.
This is a peaceful and very social fish, the Giant Otocinclus Catfish prefers to be kept in small schools.
A planted aquarium with high vegetation and some algae will sustain the Otocinclus. However, if algae are not present, supplement with a vegetable-based flake or wafer food.