How many oto cats to do the job?

I have a 55 gallon tank with lock of caves and live plants. It is right in front of a window and gets lots of sun, so I have quite an algae problem developing. How many oto cats would work? I've heard 4-6 would be good, and the last pet shop told me 12; I think that is too many. Also, would 3 be plenty for a 10 gallon tank (that is not in front of a window)?

Asked By: Ryan N - 8/9/2007
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i have 1 otto cat in my ten that is not in front of the window andi dont have much algae. none that is visble without really looking. he does a pretty good job but would like to have him in a school just he would be happier. b/c they are so small a large group for a 55 gallon would work well but 12 does seem like alot... More
Answered By: aquamarinequeen09 - 8/9/2007
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I think your best bet would be to move the tank away from the window. Algae cannot grow without light. The cats I've had in the past did more grazing on the other fish's food than on the algae. Bringing in new fish would also risk bringing in diseases.
Answered By: Nicole - 8/9/2007
I have 4 in a ten gallon. I also feed them algae wafers, about twice a week. But they do a wonderfull job on keeping it clean. I dont see why you couldnt have 12, in your tank. It is big enough. They like to be in schools. Plus normally a few will die, within a day or 2. Some are really fragile, and some are hardy. I... More
Answered By: Luvspell24 - 8/9/2007
I have 3 in a 20 gal. tank. They do a real good job, I don't have live plants anymore, but i supplement their diet with catfish food. I have cory cats in there too. With live plants and sunlight, yeah, you will need more. 12 might be a good number to start with as they do not always make it. They are kind of fragile... More
Answered By: f1mudvayne29 - 8/9/2007
1 oto cat per 10 gallons of water, and you'll probably still need to add some food like zucchini, cucumbers, lettuce for them. Also, try putting a mini blind up on the window :)
Answered By: tikitiki - 8/9/2007
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