Native to the Orinoco river in Venezuela and Colombia, the Colombian Zebra Pleco (or False Zebra Pleco) is a predominately carnivorous, peaceful catfish. While shy at first, once settled they will comfortably spend time in the open, and provided they have adequate hiding places will remain a peaceful fish. The L129 can be distinguished from other Zebra Plecos by their larger head with larger eyes situated more anteriorly, longer caudal fin, and stoutier body with thinner whitish lines.
Scientific name: Hypancistrus debilittera “L129”
Level of care required: Low
Adult Size: 10cm - 11cm
Expected Life Span: Approximately 12 years
Minimum Tank Size: 60 Litres
Required Tank Temperature: 23.5°C - 28°C
Required PH Level: 5.5-7.5
Required Diet: Omnivore (predominantly carnivorous eating flakes, pellets and frozen or fresh meat, with occasional vegetable matter)
Recommended Tank Level: Low-level, Mid-level or High-level
Temperament: Colombian Zebra Plecos are a relatively peaceful fish well suited to co-existing with other aquarium fish that naturally live in similar habitats. Provided they have plenty of cover, they will remain peaceful towards other plecos and as they acclimatise to the tank they will spend more time in the open.
Location of Origin: Venezuela/Colombia
Typically Available in: Summer, Winter, Autumn & Spring
Frequently Asked Questions
Is my fish eating?
Fish leave our care eating commercially available nori, pellets and frozen foods.
Is my fish disease free?
As part of the quarantine process they are treated for flukes, ich and bacterial infection.
Will my fish live longer than 72 hours?
They have spent 14 days in quarantine in Brisbane, as well as the time spent in-store (we try and match salinity, ph and temperature as closely as possible with the quarantine provider), so have survived this far. As a result of this sudden deaths are most likely to be as a result of local water parameters and/or stress induced as a result of other fish and environment.
Has this fish been exposed to copper?
Not during the quarantine process or in-store. We believe the use of copper is a very harsh form of treatment and the use of it usually masks a variety of diseases. When the fish arrive at our store for sale to the public they have been quarantined to a gold standard and guaranteed to provide you with a healthy and parasite free fish.