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L129 Colombian Zebra Pleco

L129 Colombian Zebra Pleco

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Hypancistrus debilittera

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Size  70mm or
2.8" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.

Identification       Dark
brown base coloration with fine yellowish stripe. Rather large eyes compared
with the body length (like Hypancistrus inspector. A small mouth with typical
Hypancistrus dentition.

Sexing       Typical
of the genus; males have longer pectoral and interopercular odontodes, they
also have plate odontodes on the body. Females are rounder in the ventral

Distribution Rio Bita,
tributary of the Rio Orinoco, up of Puerto Care?o, Colombia

pH     6.4 - 7.6

Temperature       24.0-28.0?C
or 75.2-82.4?F

Feeding     Omnivore.
They still seem to prefer meaty foods such as blood worms, gammarus or brine
shrimps. Commercially prepared food such as Spirulina tabs are also eaten.

Furniture    Fine
sand, driftwood, slate and/or bamboo caves. Plants can be kept without fear of
damage from this species.

Compatibility       Its
small size makes it a good citizen for small tanks. Males are more territorial
than females and are territorial toward conspecifics and other Loricariidae of
about the same size.

Suggested Tankmates Small
tetras and other similar small fish. Also Corydoras. Care has to be taken to
ensure that they get enough food, as they can be a bit shy and slow to grab
food when available.

Breeding    Females
lay about 20 eggs of about 3mm in diameter in a cave. Brood guarded by the male
in the cave. Raising of the young is unproblematic if a good hygiene is