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post #1 of 11 Old 02-20-2013, 06:23 PM Thread Starter
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zebra pleco?

I do not know much about plecostomus, but while browsing I came across a zebra pleco and fell in love with it

I was looking through a guide and it says that they get about 3 inches long (did I read wrong?) but need at least a 30 gallon tank.
I thought that was odd--
I would think that a 10 gallon would be fine, though I do now know much about their habits.

I have a 20 gallon tank that I am re-doing
I was going to get a plakat male betta and 6 cory catfish for it, but now I am considering a zebra pleco as well

I was also going to get driftwood for the tank because of the tannis and because pelcos like it right?

There would also be fake plants, pea gravel-y substrate and aeration that should make a nice current for it, though not bother the betta. .
I would also make hiding places in rockwork.

Would this be a suitable habitat for a zebra pleco? I noticed that my bristle-nosed pleco would chase my peppered cory cats around in my 55 gallon, so would a zebra pleco bother the cory cats? Would a school of khuli loach be more suitable?

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post #2 of 11 Old 02-20-2013, 06:56 PM Thread Starter
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Addition:
I read a bit more on them and they need super fast moving waters so they would not be mixed with a betta.
They're also said to be extremely rare?
$200 each?

Yikes!
Does anyone know more about these guys?





✿ Mushi ムシ and Hotaru ホタル Fancy Goldfish in 55 gallon planted tank
✿ Pumkin the Platy and Neon Tetras, Rescues, 7 gallon planted tank
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Valentine, Moonshine and Moonbeam the Bettas
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post #3 of 11 Old 02-20-2013, 08:08 PM
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I don't think they are that small. There are several videos of them on youtube.
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post #4 of 11 Old 02-20-2013, 08:48 PM
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These might help you.

Planet Catfish: Zebra pleco and zebrapleco.com

They need super high oxygen and very high temperature. Those don't often go together so the aquarium turnover needs to be extremely high. That's why they won't mix with any of the fish you listed. Ten gallons is probably way too small for these reasons.

They are rare in the wild, and I know Brazil had halted their export. Unsure if that has changed since I read about it. That's another reason for a bigger tank. If you buy these guys you should be breeding them. The $200 for one that you saw? Yeah that's cheap. I've never seen them that low. Captive bred ones that I've seen for sale have always been $500.
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post #5 of 11 Old 02-21-2013, 11:29 AM
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This species is in our profiles, click the shaded name: Hypancistrus zebra or Zebra Plecostomus. I had one for several years.

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post #6 of 11 Old 02-22-2013, 04:08 PM
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Actual Zebra plecos as you have seen are very rare and expensive. There are a few similar ones for much cheaper though.

Just yesterday we picked up a Colombian zebra (L129). Color is off a bit but otherwise identical in size and care.
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post #7 of 11 Old 02-23-2013, 08:12 AM
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200 is about average....although price depends on location and certain times of the year....i had one many years ago and i think i got it for under 100 bucks
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post #8 of 11 Old 02-23-2013, 11:51 AM
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What is many years ago? Before their export was banned it wasn't that hard to get one. Someone linked an old add from the 70's - 2 zebra plecos for $5. Even a little over a year ago it wasn't hard to find them for around $100
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post #9 of 11 Old 02-23-2013, 01:11 PM
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most zebras these days are being locally bred (here anyway)

but that doesn't mean they sell them any cheaper
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post #10 of 11 Old 02-23-2013, 01:21 PM
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most zebras these days are being locally bred (here anyway)

but that doesn't mean they sell them any cheaper

Yeah, all of them now are captive bred and generally theres not enough supply in any local spot so no reason to ship further. Not the easiest fish to breed unfortunately.
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