Originally Posted by Jester10
He said he usually prices them when he does get them, for around $50-$60 very expensive. I think its worth it to have a fish as unquie as it my aquarium. I do need to get him a little half hallow log too call home =D
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Yes, make sure there are some chunks of wood with crevices and/or tunnels. This species likes to stay out of sight, and will be highly stressed if suitable places are not provided when first introduced to the tank. As it settles in, it will come out more.
I had one back in the late 1990's. He became very used to being fed and when the gong sounded [I always tap lightly on the tank frame when I feed, the fish recognize this, and it is one way to get all of them out so you can check things] within seconds he would scoot out of his "home" and wait, sometimes sort of jumping around in anticipation. Sinking foods, anything suitable for substrate catfish and loaches, will work. Frozen (or live) bloodworms as a treat.
This species is primarily carnivorous, but some vegetable based foods are essential as with all fish for health. The kelp/algae/spirulina based sinking foods contain fish too so they will eat them.
Getting a "pair" at the juvenile stage is next to impossible, but the method is mentioned in our profile. Click the name, Hypancistrus zebra. Most fish seen in stores will be commercially raised, as explained in the profile.