Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Zebra Pleco [Hypancistrus zebra]

The zebra pleco, Hypancistrus zebra, the name of the black and white stripes, similar to the color of the zebra. If the type of catfish in the Xingu River, tributary of the Amazon, and was the first time in early 1990. The fish are exported from Brazil in large quantities. However, the Zebra project is not on the IUCN Red List. But the Brazilian government and the reaction from the ban on the export of the Zebra. Since the ban was issued, there was a tendency to breed in captivity of the alien and expensive due to popularity, Wels.

The largest youth Interopercular head and bones than women. After laying the eggs, and males for the storage of eggs. Small fish swimming after seven days, and the management of the bladder in two weeks.

In the aquarium

Zebra is Hypancistrus in 46 m m and the conventions are often Loricariidae. Although the project Zebra sometimes seem sucker mouth catfish, and this is usually to describe fish that are still on the algae. The zebra is certainly not a project one of these fish and would be better in the carnivore diet. He prefers to hide the many places, quiet, and lights institutions.


ZEBRA PLECO "L46" (Hypancistrus zebra)
FAMILY: Loriicaridae
TYPE: Catfish
MAX SIZE: 4” (approx. 10 cm)
ORIGIN: Rio Xingu, Brazil
DIET: Omnivorous
MISC: Ideal water pH: 6.0-7.4, zebra pleco dislikes tank algae, tend to
be more carnivorous, one of the most high profile plecos in the family


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