Feeding Your Fish Tips: Do not overfeed your fish. Try for two small feedings per day instead of one large feeding. Give your fish a small pinch of food and see if they eat it all within a minute or two. If you see flakes floating to the bottom of the tank, then you put in too much food. That is, unless you have bottom feeders. Overfeeding will lead to poor aquarium water quality and will increase the stress levels in your fish. Contents of this page belong to www.fishlookup.com
The zebra pleco, Hypancistrus zebra, gets its name from its black and white stripes, resembling the colouration of a zebra. It is a species of catfish commonly found in the Xingu River, a tributary of the Amazon River, and was first described in the early 1990s. This fish was exported from Brazil in great numbers. Despite this, the zebra pleco is not found on the IUCN red list. However, the Brazilian government responded by putting a ban on the exportation of the zebra pleco. Since this ban has been enforced, there has been a trend towards the captive breeding of this exotic and expensive catfish due to its popularity.
Hypancistrus zebra is called L-46 in terms of the L-numbering convention often applied to Loricariidae. Though the Zebra Pleco is sometimes described as a suckermouth catfish, this is generally used to describe fishes which subsist on algae. The Zebra pleco is definitely not one such fish and would do better on a more carnivorous diet. It will prefer plenty of hiding places, subdued lighting, and quiet company.
http://www.brianstropicals.com/zebras.html – export ban
http://www.zebrapleco.com/ – The Official Home of Hypancistrus Zebra owners and breeders
Saving an Endangered Species while also Making Money - Zebra Pleco Breeding with Jeremy Basch
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