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Zebra pleco, L046

Picture of Zebra Pleco Picture of Zebra Pleco

Photos taken at Wharf Aquatics
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Common name:Zebra pleco/plec, L046, L098, L173, Imperial pleco/plec
Scientific name:Hypancistrus zebra
Size:3.5" (8.5cm)
Origin:Brazil, Rio Xingu
Tank setup:Dark rock or bogwood for refuges, preferably a sandy substrate. Very efficient filtration and good circulation.
Compatibility:Peaceful. Avoid overly competitive bottom-feeders.
Temperature:25-30oC (77-86oF)
Water chemistry:Fairly soft to slightly hard, pH 6.5-7.4
Feeding:Omnivorous, tends to prefer meaty foods, but does eat green foods. Not really an algae eater.
Sexing:The first ray of the pectoral fin is thicker in the male with odontodes (tiny spines) visible, these can also be observed just below the operculum (gill plate).
Breeding:Maintain temperature at the upper end of the range. Spawning takes place in small caves. The male will guard his selected cave, which the female then enters. After spawning, the male fertilises and guards the eggs. It may be wise to hatch the eggs artificially, as the newly hatched fry may be eaten by the parents. Small regular water changes and good oxygenation are necessary. Feed the fry on newly hatched brine shrimp.
Comments: This very striking fish has become much sought after since its initial appearance, and still commands quite a high price tag. It has been bred in captivity, but not on a regular basis or in sufficient quantity to supply the demand.



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