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Scientific NameOtocinclus mura  Schaefer, 1997
Common Name
Type LocalityRio Sanabani, munícìpio de Silves, about 2°51'40''S, 58°15'40''W, rio Solimões/Sanabani/Lago Canaçari basin, Brazil.
Pronunciationauto SINK luss
EtymologyGreek, ous, oto = ear + Latin, cinclus = latticework; in allusion to the holes of the head in the ears. 
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Size 37mm or 1.5" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationAn unusually marked Otocinclus species.
SexingFemales are larger and broader especially when viewed from above.
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DistributionSouth America
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pH6.0 - 7.2
Temperature20.0-26.0°C or 68-78.8°F (Show species within this range)
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FeedingInitially algae, add a shoal to an ''algaefied'' tank and then supplement diet with sinking tablets and the usual cucumbers / lettuce or courgette (zucchini).
FurnitureLarge leafed plants and vertical flat rock surfaces (especially slate). Not essential, but likes bogwood and a large rounded substrate. Live plants seem essential to the long term survival of this fish.
BreedingSee Shane's World Article
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ReferencesProceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia v. 148, pp 77, Fig. 47.
Registered Keepers(1) thelivelylady, (2) nikelodeon79, (3) Shazray, (4) KGlo (k: 2), who also notes: "I just started a 90 gal. planted tank and about two weeks in I started to have an algae problem on my plants. I bought two of these little guys and they had my plants spotless in a week. They do such a great job I'm probably never going to have to clean the glass ever again! Love these little fish, they're entertaining to watch and they're keeping my tank clean, so win, win!".

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Last Update2018 Jul 04 08:38 (species record created: 2005 Jul 13 00:00)