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post #1 of 15 Old 02-15-2010, 10:07 PM Thread Starter
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I may have fallen for my one true love.. the zebra pleco. Normally, i find plecos to be very ugly (no offense to all you pleco lovers out there, to each his own), but I was looking at some freshwater fish online and found the gem of the plecos. The only problem lies in the availability of such a beautiful fish. They are no longer being exported from SA where they are native. I have found numerous ones available in the UK, the problem there being how to get them here (to the US!). And the ones i found in the US from breeders, are 250$ a piece (if you wanna wait at the end of a many years long waiting list!) Does anyone have one of these beautiful fish so that I can live vicariously through you?
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post #2 of 15 Old 02-22-2010, 12:20 PM
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I had one for many years a decade ago. Very beautiful and quite personable. He had his tunnel in a chunk of wood and at feeding time would appear at the entrance and patiently (for a fish) wait.

Hypancistrus zebra [Isbruecker & Nijssen, 1991] occur only (as far as is known) in the Rio Xingu in Para, Brazil, and unfortunately are near extinction which is why they can no longer be legally exported. Fortunately, they are quite easy to spawn, and many aquarists in the US have been successful. The fish is now available in the hobby though for a very high price, though I can get them for less than what you mention. Oliver Lucanus, an authority on SA fish, who lives in Montreal and owns "Below Water" importers has them for $170 CDN each, and Charles at Canadian Aquatics in Vancouver has had them for about the same, though his are special orders I believe.

Just to whet everyone's appetite, a photo of this true gem of a fish. Byron.
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post #3 of 15 Old 02-22-2010, 12:48 PM
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Wow, that is GORGEOUS!! I was at a new LFs yesterday and saw a placo labeled "False zebra pleco" for $22. Might do some more research on it. It was pretty, but not as cool looking as the one Byron has posted!
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looking into buying few of these for a colony (spiecies tank)

where did u say i could inquyire?? do they have emails, or sites...?
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post #5 of 15 Old 03-20-2010, 11:01 PM
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WOW is an understatement....that fish is absoluty beautiful, i havent ever seen one, but my LFS always has "zebra pleco" written on the display tank,..

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post #6 of 15 Old 03-21-2010, 07:53 AM
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Greetings. I just picked-up a young, proven spawning group of 7 of these. I had to sell one of my kidneys to pay for them - but worth every penny. - Frank

I keep approximately 95 species of Corys and have spawned 61.
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post #7 of 15 Old 03-21-2010, 10:48 AM
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looking into buying few of these for a colony (spiecies tank)

where did u say i could inquyire?? do they have emails, or sites...?
In my previous post I gave two Canadian sites. If you are in the US there are places, I understand several aquarist in the US breed these, but as Coryologist says they are expensive. You could try Corys-R-Us in Florida, they are reputable, there are I'm sure others, probably in California.

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In my previous post I gave two Canadian sites. If you are in the US there are places, I understand several aquarist in the US breed these, but as Coryologist says they are expensive. You could try Corys-R-Us in Florida, they are reputable, there are I'm sure others, probably in California.
Pet Kingdom, San Diego, Ca. Talk to Ron, who manages the Freshwater Dept.

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post #9 of 15 Old 03-21-2010, 04:54 PM
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One of my LFS, Absolutely Fish in Clifton NJ, had one last week. They were asking $400.

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post #10 of 15 Old 03-24-2010, 09:51 PM
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One of my LFS, Absolutely Fish in Clifton NJ, had one last week. They were asking $400.
mine now.
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