|Common name:||Dwarf otocinclus, Golden otocinclus, Dwarf/Midget suckermouth|
|Scientific name:||Otocinclus affinis|
|Tank setup:||Planted tank, with bogwood to provide cover.|
|Compatibility:||Peaceful, keep in a group.|
|Water chemistry:||Fairly soft, acidic to around neutral pH (5.5-7.5).|
|Feeding:||Excellent algae eater, green food.|
|Sexing:||Males are slightly smaller and slimmer than females.|
|Breeding:||Eggs are laid on the leaves of plants and hatch in about 3 days.
Provide plenty of algae, green food and tiny particulate foods, such as the liquid suspension types,
for the fry.|
Otocinclus catfish are the ideal algae eater for small to medium sized tanks. They may, however,
be difficult to acclimatise initially, and efficient filtration is essential. They are frequently
reported to die for no apparent reason after adding to a new tank.
This particular species of Otocinclus is not often imported, though the more common Otocinclus affinis may be sold under this name.