Orange Zebra Otocinclus (Hypoptopoma sp. Peru “Orange”)
The orange zebra otocinclus is a small algae eating catfish found in Alto Nanay, Peru where it is assumed to live among shore side vegetation and wood. It generally attains an adult size of just 1.2 to 1.7 inches in length. Males and females do not have any know differences to distinguish between the two, although males are normally smaller than females.
The orange zebra otocinclus should be kept in a 15 gallon or larger aquarium. Various flat rocks and pieces of drift wood, along with live plants and a sandy substrate will make this shy fish most comfortable. Slow to moderate water flow and enough plant cover to provide areas of subdued lighting is preferred.
The orange zebra otocinclus prefers a water temperature of 74°F to 80°F, a pH of 5.5 to 7.0, and a hardness of 0-3°H. Water quality must be excellent for this delicate fish, so adequate filtration and regular water changes are a must.
The orange zebra otocinclus is an excellent algae eater and should be offered foods rich in vegetable matter. Use a good quality spirulina pellet or wafer for their staple diet and supplement with fresh vegetables. The orange zebra otocinclus will primarily be a bottom feeder so make sure they get their share of food if kept with other species that inhabit the higher levels of the aquarium.
The orange zebra otocinclus is a shoaling species that should be kept in groups of at least 6, 10 or more if possible. It is a very peaceful fish with other species and will fit in well in a peaceful community aquarium with other small fish and ornamental shrimp. Small tetras, rasboras, cories, and cherry or crystal shrimp make excellent tank mates.
- Family: Catfish
- Temperature: 20 - 26 C; 68 - 79 F
- pH 6.0 - 8.0
- Size: 4 cm; 1.5 inches
- Life Span: 7 years
- Breeding: Difficult, Egg Layer
Size: Approx. 1-1.5"
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