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Otocinclus Catfish (Otocinclus sp.)

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Discover the efficient algae-eater and delightful addition to your aquarium - the Otocinclus Catfish, available at Aquarium Roots. Native to the fast-flowing rivers and streams of South America, these small, peaceful fish, scientifically known as Otocinclus affinis, are renowned for their algae-cleaning abilities and endearing nature.

Otocinclus Catfish are a joy to watch as they gracefully graze on algae, contributing to the cleanliness of your tank. Their peaceful and social behavior make them an excellent choice for aquarists of all levels. These catfish are relatively low-maintenance and can thrive in a variety of tank conditions.

Explore our care chart below for more information on how to provide the best environment for your Otocinclus Catfish:

Care Chart:

  • Species: Otocinclus Catfish (Otocinclus affinis)
  • Origin: South America
  • Size: 1.5 - 2 inches
  • Lifespan: 3-5 years
  • Water Temperature: 72-78°F
  • pH: 6.0-7.5
  • Water Hardness: Soft to moderately hard
  • Tank Size: Minimum 20 gallons
  • Diet: Herbivorous - primarily algae, supplement with algae wafers and blanched vegetables
  • Compatibility: Peaceful, suitable for community aquariums