Zebra Pleco?

  1. Dez The Betta Member Member

    Well I was looking at Zebra Plecos on google today and I fell in love with them! I heard they only get to be 5- 7'' would I be able to get 1 for my 46 gallon tank? If not I'm fine with looking at them. I probably cant get one for a while any way there really expensive.
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  3. raptorsvt79 Well Known Member Member

    they don't grow too much....if you can find one go for it...if you can afford one, go for it...they are really good looking..
  4. Jaysee Fishlore Legend Member

    They are also carnivorous.

    There are several plecos that look like them that are reasonably priced.
  5. CichlidSWAGA Well Known Member Member

    those are my favorite pleco! To expensive for me tho
  6. daz Member Member

    They are my favorite pleco but a little pricey.If you want something cheaper try

    L129 Hypancistrus Columbian Zebra Pleco. If you can get them in your area ?.

    they stay small and look really nice aswell
  7. Dez The Betta Member Member

    Hmm I heard some one got one for 40 dollars still to expensive for me maybe when I have enough money but not now. Man that person got lucky a zebra place for $40 i envy them! Lol!
  8. Jaysee Fishlore Legend Member

    they got A zebra pleco, but not THE zebra pleco you are talking about.
  9. I keep fish Well Known Member Member

    lol :D that person get the right ONE! :p
  10. e_watson09 Well Known Member Member

    I love the zebras and I plan to have a big tank and a breeding project with them. I am hoping to when I move and I am going to put them in my 29 but we will see. The cheapest I have seen them was $100 each on aqua bid but the catch was that you had to buy a min of 12....Almost bought one until I saw that.
  11. Jaysee Fishlore Legend Member

    There's more than one species of "zebra pleco", and the other species (not the species everyone is drooling over) are in that $50 price range.
  12. I keep fish Well Known Member Member

    yea I know I seen
  13. Jaysee Fishlore Legend Member

    Hahaha, wouldn't it be terrible to pay 200 for a 50 dollar fish.....
  14. Slug Well Known Member Member

    You can find them, but you are right can be on the expensive side (though about the same as a large discus so not THAT bad). Ironically, this is my next project I think. Waiting on the possibility of getting a small group of them.

    Heres a blast from the past for you. This was before the fish went on the non export list.

    The fish itself isn't as "endangered" as people think. The numbers are not to the point of extinction, its the fact that the dam projects down there would prevent them from being collected again in any real regularity, and really damage their habitat. And the Brazil export ban makes it difficult. You can still get wild Zebras, but they will come out of another country to the US instead of Brazil. It can be a grey area that some people choose not to partake in, others don't care as its not illegal for you to buy these fish like it would be if they actually came straight out of Brazil.

    Sorry going off on a tangent, lol....I love these fish. Really want some, wanted them since I got in the hobby ~15 years ago.
  15. angelfish220 Well Known Member Member

    I feel like we should all chip in and buy one breeding pair, then split the fry amongst ourselves :p
  16. foxhill2 Member Member

    lol :) I'm in! Have loved them since I first saw one in a magazine.
  17. CichlidSWAGA Well Known Member Member

    Im in!!! haha
  18. foxhill2 Member Member

    Hey Slug, you're just cruel! "2 for $5.00" :(
  19. e_watson09 Well Known Member Member

    When I get mine I plan to offer them here first for about half the price after I make back the amount I paid for the original ones. :)
  20. Slug Well Known Member Member

    Problem with Zebra pleco breeding is, it can take years for them to reach breeding age (and those usually are not the ones you see for sale). And then after that, their clutch of eggs is usually small. And that doesn't include any deaths after hatching.

    A breeding group would be better then breeding pair.