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L 129 hypancistrus sp.
Category: Catfish - Loricariidae
Price: £39.95 each
Discount: No discounts available
Stock: 3 in stock
Schooling Fish: No
Care Level: Easy
Water Chemistry: Adaptable
Further information can be found below:
|Male or Female||Cannot be sexed|
|Water conditions:||These fish are currently kept in water Ph 6.8 and Soft|
|Volume Discount:||No discounts available|
Hypancistrus debilittera (L129, Colombian Zebra Pleco, Chocolate Zebra Pleco)
L129 is one of the more common Hypancistrus species in the hobby. This is certainly due to it's fairly low price compared to many of the Brazilian forms, as well as it's availability from Colombian exporters.
Visually, it possesses a dark brown base colouration with fine yellow hued stripes. This L number has rather large eyes compared with the body size and length.
It's very often confused with L340, which it's usually exported together with. As an aquarium fish, H.debilittera is easy to care for if given clean water. They will usually thrivel even in community tanks, as long as normal proper care is taken.
Their markings can vary a lot both in pattern and contrast, but especially juveniles can show a very appealing striped pattern. L129 has the most northern distribution in South America of the genus.
Fish information (behaviour and breeding):
Being an omnivore, the L129 still seem to prefer meaty foods such as blood worms, gammarus or brine shrimps. Commercially prepared food such as Spirulina tabs are also eaten.
Another preference of this lovely pleco is fine sand, driftwood, slate and/or bamboo caves. Plants can be kept without fear of damage from this species.
It's small size (roughly 10cm) makes it a good candidate for smaller tanks. Males are generally more territorial than females and are territorial toward conspecifics and other Loricariidae of about the same size. Suggested tankmates would be small tetras and other similar small fish or Corydoras.
Care should be taken to make sure that they get enough food, as they can be a bit shy and slow to grab food when available.
Breeding females lay about 20 eggs of about 3mm in diameter in a cave. Broods are guarded by the male in the cave. Raising of the young is relatively straightforward if a good hygiene is provided.
Further fish details are shown below:
|Size||Up to 10cm|
|Water Parameters||L Numbers are tolerant of most water conditions as long as extremes are avoided.|