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OTOCINCLUS (Otocinclus macrospilus)

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Ideally keep it in a heavily planted setup with broad-leaved plants, driftwood branches and, if you wish vertical rock surfaces. The choice of substrate is not hugely important as the species spends most of its time away from the bottom of the tank but a sand substrate seems appreciated when the fish descends to browse.

Very shy and retiring, to the point that it will be out-competed for food by more vigorous species. It’s best kept with small, peaceful characins, dwarf cichlids such as Apistogramma and smaller Corydoras. Like others in the genus, it prefers the company of conspecifics and you should aim for a group of at least 6.