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Otocinclus Black Beard Algae Eater 3cm
Otocinclus Black Beard Algae Eater 3cm

Otocinclus Black Beard Algae Eater 3cm

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Otocinclus Black Beard Algae Eater 3cm

Otocinclus, also known as "Otos" or "dwarf suckers," are a genus of freshwater catfish renowned for their algae-clearing abilities. Originating from South America, these fish are not only captivating in appearance but also serve a functional purpose in maintaining a healthy tank environment.

Here's why the Otocinclus Black Beard Algae Eater stands out:

  • Efficient algae clearance: This species thrives on grazing and swiftly reduces algae overgrowth, including the notorious black beard algae.
  • Low maintenance: Ideal for beginners, these fish are easy to care for and do not demand excessive attention.
  • Compatibility: Popular among shrimp keepers, Otocinclus do not prey on shrimp or their offspring, making them a harmonious addition to freshwater aquariums.
  • Specifications:
    • Species: Otocinclus
    • Common Name: Otto’s
    • Origin: South America
    • Diet: Omnivore
    • PH Range: 6.5 – 7.5
    • Temperature: Tropical 22-26°C
    • Current Size: Approximately 3-4cm (Grows to approximately 5cm)
    • Sex: Un-sexed
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A: All dry goods are $8.95 flat, $11.95 Express for plants  and live stock are $20 express postage flat. Free Posage over $150.

Q: Where do we ship ?
A: We ship Australia wide but Live stock are not shipped to WA,NT & Tasmania because of the state law.

Q: When will out of stock item be back?
A: Stock are updated every day. So you just have to come back to website to see if it is back in stock.

Q: Can I return the item back?
A: All dry stock can be returned back. Live goods are not refundable. Shipping cost will be deducted upon return of the item and also customer is responsible to send the item back.


We dont ship Live stock and plants to WA,NT & Tasmania because of the state law.

We do ship dry goods.
Drip acclimation is a method used to gradually introduce aquatic animals, such as shrimp, snails, and fish, to their new tank environment after transport. It helps them adjust to the water parameters and temperature differences between the transport bag and the tank. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to drip acclimate your aquatic animals:

Step 1: Prepare the necessary materials

Clean bucket or container large enough 
Airline tubing
Air pump (optional but recommended)
Adjustable valve or knot (to regulate the flow of water) or get a abquatics drip kit
Clean, dechlorinated water (ideally matching the temperature and pH of your tank)


Step 2: Set up the drip acclimation system

Fill a clean bucket or container with the clean, dechlorinated water.
Attach one end of the airline tubing to an air pump (if using) and place the other end inside the bucket. Make sure it reaches the bottom of the container.

Step 3: Start the drip

Open the bag containing the aquatic animals and carefully pour the entire contents into the bucket, including the water from the transport bag.
Start a siphon by sucking on the free end of the airline tubing or use a siphon starter. This will initiate a slow drip of water into the bucket.

Step 4: Adjust the drip rate

Use an adjustable valve or tie a knot in the airline tubing to regulate the drip rate. Aim for approximately 2-4 drips per second.
The slow drip helps gradually mix the water in the bucket with the water from the transport bag, preventing any sudden changes in water parameters.

Step 5: Monitor the process

Keep an eye on the acclimation process and periodically test the water parameters in the bucket using a test kit. This helps ensure a smooth transition.
Depending on the sensitivity of the animals and the water parameters involved, the acclimation process may take anywhere from 30 minutes to a few hours.

Step 6: Adjust water volume if needed

If the water volume in the bucket becomes too high, you can remove some water and continue the drip acclimation process with fresh, dechlorinated water. Be cautious not to remove too much water, as it can lead to sudden changes in water parameters.

Step 7: Transfer the animals to the tank

Once the acclimation process is complete, gently net the aquatic animals from the bucket and transfer them to the tank. Avoid adding the water from the acclimation container to the tank to prevent any potential contamination.

Step 8: Dispose of the acclimation water

After transferring the animals, discard the acclimation water from the bucket. Do not pour it directly into any drains or natural bodies of water.
By following these steps, you can safely and gradually acclimate your shrimp, snails, and fish to their new tank environment after transport. Remember, it's important to monitor the process closely and make adjustments as necessary to ensure a smooth transition for your aquatic pets.

Customer Reviews

Based on 12 reviews
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Dave Pallas (Sydney, AU)
A fun fish

Purchased 3 of these little fish for my tank. They are very active and like to free swim form plant to plant. Great little fish.

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Tj oneill (Albury, AU)

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Aravind Dev (Sydney, AU)
Healthy fishes

I got really nice fishes from abquatics, they were really healthy and great fishes

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Charlie Tran (Sydney, AU)
Happy little cleaners

Deliver was on time, one fish had a white jelly looking spot next to his mouth and died a couple days later. The other two are living happily. One loss but two happy. I’ll buy again in future.

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Aleasha Reid (Sydney, AU)

OTOCINCLUS ARNOLDI

Customer Reviews

Based on 12 reviews
83%
(10)
8%
(1)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
8%
(1)
D
Dave Pallas (Sydney, AU)
A fun fish

Purchased 3 of these little fish for my tank. They are very active and like to free swim form plant to plant. Great little fish.

T
Tj oneill (Albury, AU)

W

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Aravind Dev (Sydney, AU)
Healthy fishes

I got really nice fishes from abquatics, they were really healthy and great fishes

C
Charlie Tran (Sydney, AU)
Happy little cleaners

Deliver was on time, one fish had a white jelly looking spot next to his mouth and died a couple days later. The other two are living happily. One loss but two happy. I’ll buy again in future.

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Aleasha Reid (Sydney, AU)

OTOCINCLUS ARNOLDI