Zebra Pleco

Other Zebra Pleco Names: Zebra Pleco, L46, l-046, Zebra Plecostomus

Zebra Pleco Scientific Name: Hypancistrus zebra

Zebra Pleco (Hypancistrus zebra))

Temperature Range: 79°F-86°F
pH Range: 5.8-7.6
Hardness Range: 5-15°

Family: Loricariidae

Species Type: Plecostomus

Zebra Pleco Adult Size: 4 inches (cm)

Zebra Pleco Life Expectancy: 15 years

Zebra Pleco Habitat: South American Rivers

Zebra Pleco Minimum Tank Size: 20 gallons

Zebra Pleco Temperament: Peaceful community fish. May have problems in aggressive tanks.

Zebra Pleco Diet & Nutrition: Omnivorous - Does well with sinking pellet foods supplimented with fresh fruits or vegetables.

Zebra Pleco Description: The Zebra Pleco is an opportunistic feeder in the wild though they scavenge on fallen fruits and decaying vegetable matter (as is expected of the family), they also actively pursue and prey on small invertebrates. Feed foods such as bloodworms, chopped fish, mango, and cucumber (after all, variety is the spice of life). The Rio Xingu is a fast flowing, warm water environment, relatively lacking in plant life--thus an ideal L-46 tank should have a great deal of rockwork and driftwood on a sand or very fine gravel substrate.

Tank Mate Compatibility: Any community fish.

Zebra Pleco Breeding & Spawning: Preferred spawning medium consists of a rectangled shaped cross section, with the height as tall as the male with its dorsal fin extended and the width as wide as the said male. The length of the cave should be approximately 1.5 times the length of the fish. A high flow filter is not essential, and the current should never directly face the cave entrance. Spawning can be induced by a partial water change with cooler, soft water.

Determining Zebra Pleco Sex: Not easy, as this is a small spined loricariid. The first ray of the pectoral fin of a mature male will have more bristles than that of the mature female, however, the odontodal length test is highly inaccurate due to their small size. From atop, males can be distinguished by protruding buldges on either side of the head, giving it a mushroom-esque appearence.

Aquarium Region: Bottom

Zebra Pleco Diseases: None specific to species

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