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Otocinclus vittatus, Steindachner, 1877

Origin: South-east Brazil, in the vicinity of Rio de Janeiro. In smal fast flowing rivers which are densely grown, or have a lot of algae.

Etymology: vittatus=

Synonyms: None

First European import:Unk

Description:See picture

Care: Otocinclus vittatus requires densely planted tanks, that are well lit and receive some sunlight. They are very sensitive to pollution and need oxygen rich water, therefore the tank should be filtered well, have a strong current, and preferably be aerated as well.Peat filtration is recommended, the fish prefere soft slightly acidic water, although they can also be kept in medium hard neutral water. Temperature in the lower regions. Sensitive to sudden changes in waterchemistry.

Temperature:20-26 degrees.

Feeding: Algae, vegetables, flake food(plant).

Size: Up to 4 cm, males smaller.

pH: 5.0-7.5 Hardness 2-20 dGH

Breeding: The females will attach eggs to plant leaves, which will hatch in three days. Not very productiv. The fry should be fed with large amounts of the smallest food available.

Sexual dimorphism: Females are larger than males, and more fat.

Prices: Netherlands: 1.10-1.75€

Additional: Despite its size a very good algae eater.

Picture references: Picture 1: Submitted by Johan Verkerk.Other pictures: E. Naus

References:Baensch, H. A., Riehl, R.(1982): Aquarien Atlas I. Mergus Verlag, Melle, Germany.(click on the link to buy this book)

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