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Zebra Altimira (L-46) Plecostomus,  Captive-Bred
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Zebra Altimira (L-46) Plecostomus, Captive-Bred (Hypancistrus zebra)
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Quick Stats

Care Level Moderate
Temperament Peaceful
Color Form Black, White
Diet Omnivore
Water Conditions 79-86° F, KH 2-6, pH 6.5-7.0
Max. Size 3½"
Origin Captive-Bred
Family Loricariidae
Lighting Low
Minimum Tank Size 30 gallons
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The Zebra Pleco is a dwarf species that reaches a maximum size of 3-1/2 inches in length. It is one of the many members of the Loricariidae family, the suckermouth catfish. Due to the great variety within the catfish category, it has become very difficult to categorize them by species. As a result, you may see a reference to the letter "L" for the family Loricariidae, followed by a number. The Zebra is referred to as L-46.

The Zebra pleco is a nocturnal fish making its rounds during the evening. This highly sought after species occupies the bottom of the aquarium and appreciates plenty of rockwork and driftwood in its environment for hiding. This shy fish should not be kept with other bottom dwelling fish that will out compete Zebras for food. Ideally the aquarium should be maintained at water temperatures between 77-86 degrees, with an abundance of live plants in order to provide an oxygen rich environment.

Unlike other algae eating Loricarids, Zebra Plecos do not chew on driftwood. The Zebra Pleco should be fed meaty foods that sink to the bottom of the aquarium. Ideal foods include a high quality flake food, sinking carnivore pellets, and frozen or freeze-dried bloodworms tubifex and brine shrimp, as well as sinking algae wafers.

Approximate Purchase Size: 1" to 2"

Customer Testimonials

John Lee Worcester , MA
This Plecostomus is shy even in a dimly lit aquarium. It heartily eats the greens from fresh or defrosted zucchini. Being that it is very beautiful and delicately small, be extremely choosy with tankmates. Driftwood is a must for providing hiding places and adding nutrients to their diet. Temperatures on the higher end of the tropical zone will induce more frequent feeding and make for opportune times to observe this wonderful Plecostomus.
Tiffany Jenkins Springfield , OR
I have never seen such a beautiful Pleco such as this one. It is definitely breath taking I must say. I would love to add this Pleco to my 55 gallon Oranda fish tank!
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