Origin: South America, Brazil, Amazonas basin, Rio Xingu.
Etymology: Named after the resemblence with zebras.
Synonyms: None/ L46
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) Order:
Siluriformes Family: Loricariidae (Armored
catfishes), subfamily: Ancistrinae
First European import: Unk
Description: See pictures
Care: Keep the zebra pleco in larger tanks, with peacefull coinhabitants. Despite it's appearance the fish do not eat algae(see feeding). Caves and hiding places constructed from stones or driftwood are recommended. The fish are bottom dwellers and are mostly active during the evening.
Feeding: Carnivorous, live and frozen food(bloodworms, tubifex, daphnia)
Breeding: Easy! The fish will spawn in pvc tubes or similar caves. Provide the fish with fresh oxygen rich water, and do large waterchanges. The water should be well filtered, spawning is sometimes induced by a change with cooler water.
Sexual dimorphism: When fully grown, males have more bristles on the first ray of the pectoral fin.
Additional:Most of the times the fish in shops are females! Males are held back to prevent breeding.
Picture references: Picture 1 + 2: E. Naus. A large image can be found in the image section.
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