Meet the new kids in the tanks!

The Ottos 

Otto in the Dark Tank

Otto in the Dark Tank

Otocinclus are a species of catfish that only grow to between 2-3 inches in length. They have no jaw, and no teeth. They are the only fish that we have found that are 100% shrimp safe. We resisted putting any in the shrimp tank until now because they mostly hang out in nooks and crannies while eating algae.

Otto  hiding in the shrimp tank

Otto hiding in the shrimp tank (center of photo)

 

 

Crash the new snail:

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This little guy is HILARIOUS to watch. He spent no time hiding in his shell, he just came right out and started exploring the place. He also lends a wonderful contrast to all of the dark rocks and substrate. He is a bit of a daredevil though. He was cruising up the glass in the front and “got stuck” in the power head jet stream.

Stuck in the jet stream

Stuck in the jet stream

Attempting to move around in front of the jet stream.

Attempting to move around in front of the jet stream.

Endler Guppy Males

Otto in the shrimp tank

Endler males in the shrimp tank (look hard in the center)

The Endlers in the shrimp tank are not as brightly colored as the one in the main tank. This is a shame because they are harder to see in the thick vegetation of the shrimp tank.

Endler male in the main tank

Endler male in the main tank

Neon Tetras

There are Neon Tetras in 2 of our tanks because I am nostalgic for them from when I was a kid, and because their iridescent colors are hypnotically soothing. They are part of our main tank collection, and also in the shrimp tank for their vibrant color. The time has come where our Neons are too big to be in the shrimp tank anymore, and so today, we moved them to the Dark Tank, where they are some much needed contrast.

Neons in their new home

Neons in their new home

They are having trouble adjusting to life in the Dark Tank. They stay in formation in the bottom corner. I guess too many months of being in the over planted shrimp tank has made them agoraphobic.  Tragic really, since now they have room to show off.