There are different views
also on the validity of
being a different species that looks similar but is
a completely different fish. However, it is not uncommon
for some 173s to go through a developmental stage
where they do look like zebras to the untrained eye.
But if one knows and works with both fish, it is clear
there is a difference between the two. L173 all have
gold rimed eyes whereas zebras never have this and
L173 also gets much bigger than zebra. Aquarium
Care: They are quite tolerant of water conditions
as long as the water is kept clean and warm and you
keep the water changes up. A good tip when first buying
them is to acclimatise them in a smaller tank before
transferring them to your main aquarium, this way
you can make sure that they are feeding well and are
also happy in the water conditions. You can decorate
this tank with cave like structures akin to the home
where it will eventually reside.Keeping
the 'Zebra Pleco' in the aquarium is not too much
of a problem as long as you give them plenty of hiding
places, caves, rounded boulders, plant pots and pipework.
They also like the water to be well oxygenated owing
to the higher temperatures that is best given to them.
You could also add some wood to their tank but according
to some aquarists, who have kept this species, it
isn't totally necessary. Diet: Not
a true vegetarian so more meaty type foods would need
to be fed. This includes live bloodworm, frozen foods
such as muscle, tubifex and bloodworm and the usual
tablet food offerings. Remarks:
Since December 2004 the exportation of H.zebra
has been forbidden.
Zebra Pleco, L046
stream of the Volta Grande (Big Bend) of the Xingu.
Ferraris, C.J. Jr.,
2007. Checklist of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes:
Siluriformes), and catalogue of siluriform primary
types. Zootaxa 1418:1-628. ScotCat
56. Feb. 2001. twotankamin: