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Hypancistrus zebra Zebra Plec, Imperial Plec L046

Category: Catfish - Loricariidae

Size: 3-4cm

Price: £239.95 each

Discount: Buy 5 or more Hypancistrus zebra Zebra Plec, Imperial Plec L046 and get 5% off!!

Stock: 5 in stock



Fabulous captive bred zebras.

Only 5 left!


Further details:

Further information can be found below:

Fish type: tropical
Male or Female Cannot be sexed
Water conditions: These fish are currently kept in water Ph 6.8 and Soft
Breeding: TBC
Volume Discount: Buy 5 or more Hypancistrus zebra Zebra Plec, Imperial Plec L046 and get 5% off!!
Size: 3-4cm

L046 (Hypancistrus zebra, Zebra Plec, Imperial Plec)

An unimstakeable catfish with a bold pattern of dark stripes against an almost pure white background. The stripes on the head run near-vertically, while those on the body are approximately horizontal. L046/L173 is the standard form, L098 a form with wavy stripes instead of straight stripes.

One of the most popular L-number catfish in the aquarium hobby, this species was over-collected during the 1990s and became rather rare in the wild. Consequently, exports of wild-caught fish were banned, and all fishes seen in aquarium stores currently are tank-bred.

The zebra plec inhabits rocky areas in fast-flowing rivers, and normally stays close to the substrate in deep water. In the aquarium it should be provided with plenty of rocky hiding caves and crevices but leave some open sandy areas for foraging in. Plants are irrelevant to this species, and bogwood does not seem to be important either (but supply some as source of dietary fibre is a good idea, as with any plec).


Fish information (behaviour and breeding):

A distinctly carnivorous species this catfish needs to be provided with a varied diet consisting of bloodworms, mosquito larvae, and small crustaceans. Being rather a slow and shy feeder, it is not wise to mix this species with more aggressive feeders such as loaches, and ideally it should be kept only with species that forage in the middle and upper layers of the aquarium, such as tetras.

In terms of social behaviour this catfish is tolerant of conspecifics though it is best kept in a 'harem' group consisting of one male to multiple females. Do not mix with larger or more aggressive plecs (or territorial catfish and cichlids). Breeding is frequently reported in home aquaria. Soft and acidic water is preferred, but spawning has taken place in hard and alkaline water as well. Males have pectoral fin spines that bear long, sturdy bristles while the females have much less bristly fins. Spawning occurs inside a suitable burrow or cave, and the male guards the eggs. Once free swimming (about three days after hatching) the fry will immediately take dried foods and brine shrimp nauplii. Juveniles are more frequently sold than adults, and when very young (around 2-4 cm long) need proportionally small foods to do well. Shaved frozen bloodworms seem to work well.


Fish Details:

Further fish details are shown below:

Distribution Brazil, Rio XingĂș
Temperature 26-30C
Size Up to 8 cm
Water Parameters Adaptable, but providing lots of oxygen is essential
Water PH 6.0-7.5