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 Nathan is a sucker for suckers — and this Oto is one of the best we've seen. Nathan is a sucker for suckers — and this Oto is one of the best we've seen.
Nathan is a sucker for suckers — and this Oto is one of the best we've seen.

We know you're going to love this little plush catfish as much as we do, says Nathan Hill.


I spotted this thing on a recent shoptour to New Concept Aquatics, and from the moment I saw it stuck to a display tank, I knew I was going to steal it. 

In the end, it didn’t come to that. Instead, I dropped hints, went on about it over and over, gave up my best puppy dog eyes, and eventually store owner Craig caved in and let me have it for review. 

 Just look at that detail! Just look at that detail!

What is it? It’s a scaled up, morphometrically correct Otocinclus plushy, with a suckermouth, and with all the right markings. Flip it over, and it even has the ‘pink tint’ where the gills are usually seen through the thin neck skin. 

Palaeoplushies mainly makes dinosaurs, so this is a bit of a sideline, and production is on an ‘as and when’ basis, but keep an eye on the website and when new designs come up you can race with me to buy them. 

What can I add? It’s about 16cm long, feels wonderfully soft, and makes me smile every time I look at it. I posted a picture of me with it on social media, and my message notifications wouldn’t stop pinging all damn night afterwards. Everybody wanted one.  

Price: £22

More info: palaeoplushies.com