Orange Zebra AKA Robocop Otocinclus Catfish (Hypoptopoma sp. "Peru Orange")
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The Orange Zebra Otocinclus Catfish is similar in size to the common Otocinclus, but it is much more colorful and very rare!
The Orange Zebra Otocinclus Catfish (Hypoptompoma sp. "Peru Orange") is an extremely rare suckermouth catfish species from Peru. It is a very impressive nano fish and, like all of its close relatives, is a superb algae eater.
The Orange Zebra Otocinclus Catfish is primarily herbivorous and will continuously feed on algae in the aquarium, but it will not harm most ornamental plants. It is compatible with most other peaceful fish and invertebrates that enjoy the same water conditions, but it might inadvertently eat very small dwarf shrimp fry as it scavenges. Relatively high water flow and clean water are necessary for this species. Like most Otocinclus, the Orange Zebra Otocinclus Catfish is a schooling species and should be kept in groups.
If sufficient algae is not present in your aquarium, the diet of the Orange Zebra Otocinclus Catfish can be supplemented with fresh vegetables (such as romaine lettuce, cucumber, or zucchini), algae wafers, or vegetable-based flake food.
- Very uncommon in the aquarium hobby
- Very social personality
- Safe with plants
- Completely peaceful
- Great algae eater for medium and large tanks
- Temperature: 79° - 82° F (26° - 28° C)
- pH: 6.5 - 6.8
- KH: 0 - 5 dKH
- Minimum tank size: 10 gallons for a small group, although a larger aquarium is more optimal
- Diet: Can mostly sustain on algae. If sufficient algae is not present, diet can be supplemented with fresh vegetables, algae wafers, or vegetable-based flake foods.
- Social behavior: Peaceful, schooling/shoaling.
- Origin: Alto Nanay, Peru, South America
- Average adult size: 1.2 - 1.6 inches (3 - 4 cm)
- Average purchase size: 1 - 1.5 inches (2.5 - 3.8 cm)