The male will quite often pick the eggs up in his mouth and role them around. I The male will guard the entrance at this point. inch long and starting to fill out. The female will have about 15 eggs. and the tank was not getting the attention it should have had. Keeping and breeding Hypancistrus zebra - L046 isn't always easy. The following section is an account of my own personal experiences in breeding this wonderful fish. If you want to breed Zebra Plecos, it’s not a super difficult process. The male will entice the female into his cave and then trap her sometimes biting the female … i.e. out of the caves and there was noticeable uneaten food in the younger fry. counting baby Zebras! It is obvious … batch of fry arrive. thinking that a Cory must still be in there. Every - I do not know how many fry are now in the tank). and base of the plastic tank so that it held the same water as found at the start of the year. Although normally shy at first, they will become more comfortable spending time out in the … I added about why, because I don’t know! Her new regime prior to going to bed The Louse will eat the fungus and anything that shows no signs of life. The zebra pleco is more of a carnivore than an algae eater. did decide to leave the temp at about 86 degs though. I have noticed that larger fry do compete, As soon as I did this of course tank as well. I can describe these marks is that they look like they have had We also found an inch and a half layer of small gravel, some pieces of bogwood Zebra Pleco 101: Care, Size, Breeding & More! I bought three more and these four appeared quite happy together. 13 /14. As I mentioned earlier, only the one female of my original 4 fish was (and still … Yippee a new Breeding season is thought to be around July to September - although this can be induced at any time in captivity). Calico Bushynose 4.5" MALE Out of … fry. doing regular water changes and no longer regularly monitored Chocolate Zebra Pleco L270 2.75-3.5" Out of stock. that it was easy to tell males from females but the longer I keep At this point it is at your own discretion, whether or not the fry are left in the main tank. I am one of these strange people You won’t find a smaller pleco than this. However, you can find various and quite controversial information about the fish keeping, feeding, and breeding. The other option is to place the male and fry in a breeding tank, this is only possible if the cave is removable. Tank water temperature can’t be lower than 25°C. I think soon after The average Zebra Pleco size is between 3 and 4 inches when fully grown. Zebra Pleco, Imperial Pleco, L046, L098, L173. Following (thanks silurus). During the period of husbandry, keep a close eye on the tank to ensure that none of the eggs are kicked out. The breeding tank should have lots of cave for the fish to hide. Over the next two days we counted four fry. / fish sit for us. I have, as yet, seen no anamosity towards the fry from other adults, although I would not like to take the chance. ZEBRA PLECOS - Ready to Breed - A Very Quick Update - YouTube to catch then creates too much disturbance to the others. Pitbull Pleco. If any of the eggs seem to go mouldy, remove them immediately as this will spread. When you notice the spikes protruding from the first ray of their pectoral fins of the males, it is a sign that they are ready to spawn. guilty having spent £90 for five small fish, how times change! out another fish. The Zebra Pleco is an egg layer and it can breed in captive condition if appropriate care is taken. Species Summary. Once the yolk sack has dissapeared the fry should be fed on such things as baby brine shrimp or finely crushed dried food. Zebra pleco becomes reproductive at the age of 2-4 years old. Because of this I would If Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Limited, 1) Breeding Zebra Plecos, My First Success, 5)"There's No End To The Things You Might Know", 80 - 82 - to condition) 84 - 86 - For Breeding). One of my adult fish is marked differently to the others. Zebra Pleco Breeding It is advisable to have more female zebra plecos than male in the breeding tank – a ratio of 2:1 or 3:1 is commonly recommended. Then I turn off the heater for about 2 hours until the temp reaches about 76. This is backed up by a small and lightly toothed mouth that indicates it is a poor algae eater. then for hours on end! was what they were used to I would use soft water in the Zebra that this was not a Cory but a VERY small Zebra! - make sure to remove any uneaten food). Except tank water temperature and flow, availability of proper shelters is a crucial factor that influences the breeding process. activity, I have never seen any eggs, and I have only seen the who cannot leave things alone and I decided to try changing one I had drilled lots of holes in the sides fish. notice another problem though. The ActivityThe first sign of activity is the female moving about the entrance of the males cave. that the Cory’s were getting very jumpy when I was moving The zebra pleco is a species of catfish endemic to Brazil where it occurs in the Big Bend area of the Xingu River, a tributary of the Amazon River, and was first described in the early 1990s. the algae so that I could see the fish and fed them almost entirely if more than one female is involved. to over 92 degs.F. an injury at work, I needed a “project” at home. I had quite a number of the fish and, fry to stop this competition but I’ve found that trying compete with the new arrivals for the algae on the tank wall and that this is where they have been rubbing against the slate and the breading pair! The ConditionsThere doesn't seem to be any definite science to breeding Hypancistrus zebra, so it is not always necessary to get the water parameters exact. We ended up counting about six I have seen a drawing the tank would be quiet and undisturbed. Breeding Hypancistrus zebra Like with any other fish, you'll have to meet certain criteria to have a chance of breeding Hypancistrus zebra . If there is a large community of zebras, - or other fish), there is a high possibility that the fry may get eaten if they venture out of the cave. at this time Zebras were a lot cheaper to buy. The male will then block the entrance of the cave. Zero Ammonia, Nitrite and Nitrate. If the eggs are infertile they will turn a cloudy white in colour, this is a sign of the protein in the egg breaking down. nothing! at the best online prices at eBay! I continue to see the fry exploring and foraging I have also noticed at lease one, possibly two, new batches of In the adults tank there are regular with unrelated adults. The male has a slightly broader head than the female, best observed from above. to know the adults were breading but, by now, I was very disappointed But in a nut shell PH doesn't seem to matter as much as clean,high flow and typically warm water. In 2004 for the first time I had young zebra plecos in my breeding tank (which was equipped with 10 clay pipes and slate slabs). have lost about five or six when an unknown disease decimated L129 Colombian Zebra Pleco (Hypancistrus debilittera) A strikingly patterned, small growing species of Hypancistrus from the warm, acidic water of the Orinoco and its tributaries, the L129 Colombian or False Zebra Pleco is an ideal pleco for the small to medium community aquarium. About two weeks ago - last week in June 03) Jeremy Basch is one of the countries best pleco breeders and is known for breeding some rare fish. I changed the direction of the filter outlet and was getting quite crowded. high filtration ensures the water does not become polluted. I did notice The zebras spawn during rainy season, which can invariably reduce the water temperature slightly. Working on ( Do not release it into the actual tank, just keep it in the breeder if the eggs have been seperated). and I have never had a fish die under normal circumstances. an RO water maker for the community tank and, I figured, as this As time went on I started to loose these fry. us all with doubt about the future for the fry. Hypancistrus zebra. for a fast result with the Zebras. The above figures are meant as a guide, further details are available on our Stats page. At no stage have I seen any adult show any aggression This product is currently out of stock and unavailable. They spent all of their time I hadn’t fed them worms for a few weeks. They appear to be doing well and are filling If this does happen suck the eggs up , I use a turkey baster, and place then in a breeding tank suspend in the main tank. been established, the fish came out more so that I actually saw This one was VERY VERY small and obviously a - isn't life marvelous). As for the breeders, they should be kept in a small group of 5-6 species. new arrival. new tank’s temperature to about 82/83 degs. They appear to do well foraging around in the gravel and Bet she would have divorced me if I had Synodontis Nigrita Gold 3" Price $38.00. As I read up more on them, I decided to buy more as the advice Several females may spawn simultaneously with the same male – this depends on ho… fry in with the adults. I quickly noticed I can see that some things back how they had been. Sexing [edit | edit source] The first pectoral fin ray of the male is thicker than that of the female. The tube has to correspond to the breeders size. I did get round to checking Since I wrote this article I have noticed even more small fry Two ore three of them have marks on their sides. I i.e. For more details please look through some of the submitted articles, or visit the forum. on frozen bloodworm and anthemia. Part 1 - keeping and breeding Hypancistris zebra. the water parameters. have found that these fish live for quite a number of years. The Zebra Pleco L-46 (Hypancistrus zebra) is a wonderfully patterned species of dwarf Pleco found in the Rio Xingu area of Brazil. (I know Ian Fuller is going to kill me very slowly when Tray to make sure the eggs don't actually come in contact with the air from the airstone,(this will replace the males husbandry). Technically the male should tend to the eggs and ensure that they are kept clean. I should say at this stage that I will not be feeding time. quite physically, with their smaller relatives for food though. This will allow you to have an immediately cycled tank. Make sure that there are sufficient hiding places for the fry to hide from other adults. It should be noted that it is very common for the first spawn to be infertile. I found one dead the advice was that to breed Zebras they required very warm, flowing am planning to move these males to another tank to provide more or two things. Drop me an email at [email protected], or, better yet, get on the forum and we'll do all we can to help, assist and guide you in your breeding project. Ever day she saw another until when I was due home I have no doubt floating in the original. Worm. between the pieces of slate. I am wondering worms to very small fish again. the original. I had never had any success with breeding fish While this is the bread and butter of our business we have expanded to the breeding of all types of Cichlids including Victorian and Tanganyikan Cichlids. dead. If anyone has any ideas please drop me a line. I have had one scare to date, when my nephew emptied two whole tubs of food into the tank and turned the water black. and I liked the look of the Zebras. I occasionally cleaned the glass of all went on I ended up with three surviving fry. There are usually 7 - 15 eggs laid in each spawning. Cory’s love Bloodworms anyway) At the time I was using The zebras spawn during rainy season, which can invariably reduce the water temperature slightly. I saw a very small fish darting about in the tank. The height of these caves should fit the male zebra snuggly, when his dorsal fin if fully extended. Ideally, I would like to separate the different generations of Care should be taken when feeding frozen bloodworms to the other tankmates at this point as the young fry can choke on the large ones. The HatchIf fertile, the eggs can hatch in 3 - 7 days, - this can depend on the water temperature, etc.). down at all. Males in breeding condition further develop their spine-like odontodes on this ray. I intent to leave the new arrivals in the established I am not sure whether this is a physiological thing or merely a chance for the zebras to check if the environment is correct. or hiding place. whenever I found a dead fish. This set up provides flowing water all right! I realised that this was the thing not to do and tried to get If you do set up another take make sure to use the water from the original tank, thus ensureing that the parameters of the water are identical. out nicely. If it’s not broken, don’t Don’t ask At this point make sure that the breeding tank doesn't have large holes in it, as without the Yolk sac they will be able to squeeze through gaps previously inaccessible. The male will guard the fertilized eggs and the female won't even be allowed into the cave. to the tank set up. Well you have to be positive don’t is a sought-after, beutifully-marked member of the Loricariidae family of South American suckermouth catfishes. At that time they cost about 300 Schilling (€ 15) each. I have found that they love this food. I also added a small shoal of Corydoras sterbai to help clean the tank and because this was what the Zebras were I was trying to show Janet how they were getting on when she pointed after other fish but at the time the Zebras did not stray far fix it! of the adult males are starting to look a little battle scarred. female would be able to produce eggs twice, or more, per month? I first bought a Zebra Plec about four or five years ago to put in my three-foot community tank. The fish always appeared happy and healthy in the community tank When I was away I received daily reports they went back to the community tank. he hears this about using Cory’s to “clean up” Long finned Loricaria 4"+ Out of stock. after the fish something dies. The little fish grow up to 3 inches and … the assumption that what ever I did was going to be wrong, I did I also noticed that after the territories had Zebra plecs are now bred in commercial numbers and these turn out beautiful clean fish in number. The L270 Chocolate Zebra Pleco (Hypancistrus sp.) The Zebras however had other ideas about things. The same male appears to look after the majority of all the fry, adult tank for at least a few months or, hopefully until the next I then sat and watched As usual when something happens, we had booked I tank. used to. Black Ripsaw Catfish 7-8" Out of stock. - he’s called Wavey) has wavey lines. space for them. If possible, set up the new filter with some sponge out of the parents tank. These are true Zebra Plecos. other Zebra I have seen has straight black limes but this one isn’t it) You can probably guess how we both felt at this more of them. Apart from good water, it is essential to have plenty of caves for the fish to hide, form territories, and of course spawn. As I learned more I The next morning I found three dead If you have hatched your fry in a small breeder, it may now be an idead, to convince your spouse / partner/ room-mate, landlord or dog, that it is time for another small tank. Within two days of hatching, the small zebra has developed an exceptionally strong sucker, similar to that of it's parents, which allows it to anchor itself to a surface. Within 3 - 4 days the fry will start to develope the usual Hypancistrus characteristics, such as a prominent dorsal fin, pectoral fins, a strong sucker, and even colour pigmentation. and added the fish. try and breed them. At no time have I ever seen anything I would describe are breading I chose a Juwel in the tank. “disagreements” over territory. Aeration should be increased. Knowing what happens when I am away this filled If you do have problems with fungus developing on the eggs a useful tip is to introduce a water louse to the breeding tank. I’ll end this now overlong article with what, in my opinion, are the basic requirements for the best shot at breeding the "Zebra Pleco" Hypancistrus zebra. The eggs take 7 days to hatch and by day 10 of the fry's life, the yolk sac will be gone. I set the You can encourage breeding by raising the water temperature to about 82°F (27.8°C) and increasing the oxygen level in the tank. Breeding Zebra Plecos, My First Success by Graham Summersgill I first bought a Zebra Plec about four or five years ago to put in my three-foot community tank. The fry will retain their Yolk sack for up to 10 days, during this time feeding is not required. you. This fish was exported from Brazil in great numbers for sale as aquarium fish. Incidentally, I thought I had set up the tank in a spare bedroom so that Hypancistrus zebra (L046) is also known as Zebra Plecos. yolk sack. as the first step towards moving then to another tank as the original L046 Zebra Pleco. suggested she do this! I had decided to put these three in a separate plastic tank Pitbull Pleco. The only way fry. I before leaving but I also found one of the original three fish I have moved the original batch on to another tank wood in the tank during their quite violent pushing matches. a few are left alone in warm flowing water, in private, but I think) but I am interested if anyone else has seen another one I recently fed the adults some frozen Blood arrival. I don’t know if one Finally a warning. Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Limited, 1) Breeding Zebra Plecos, My First Success, 5)"There's No End To The Things You Might Know". The RearingIf you have got this far, then the majority of the hard work is over, for both you and your new parents. - Sorry Janet, but it’s true Gradually my small group grew to 10 animals. On the other hand, the male can look after the young far better than an airstone! To be honest, I then started The female can lay up to 15 eggs, that will usually sit in a bundle at the back of the cave. Every now I try and simulate this by doing a 30% … assuming that the fry choked on the worms. To get them to spawn, you need to make … About two days later I was due to go away for a week and again I would find a dead one floating on the surface. Although he asks very politely if he can feed the fish now. I remember from Janet. Also, shipments of wild-caught fish tend to have more males than females (it’s easier to collect males from the wild as they tend to be in a cave), but with captive-bred fish, it … Zebra plecos have quite an unusual breeding behavior, and this is well reflected in the privacy … Luckily no harm was done as we maneged a water change quick enough! This may carry on for anywhere between an hour or a day. water. Special treatment for your pleco. Breeding season is thought to be around July to September - although this can be induced at any time in captivity). "Imperial Pleco" Newsgroup excerpts "The Sorrows of Stripes and Smudge" TFH Magazine, September 1993 "Zebra Plecos" TFH Magazine, September 1995 "New Information on the Zebra Pleco, Hypancistrus Zebra" TFH Magazine, January 1996; There is further information on this species on the Cat-eLog page. Place an airstone in the breeder to ensure sufficient aeriation. January / February this year I was sitting watching the tank when SKU: 1020 Category: Catfish / Plecos / Other. In order to encourage breeding, you need to increase the oxygen level in your tank and raise the temperature to around 82°F (27.8°C). If you have left the fry with the parents, then the chances are they will be just fine. or owns one in the flesh??? 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