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The L129 Colombian Zebra Pleco, scientifically known as Hypancistrus debilittera, is a captivating freshwater catfish highly sought after for its distinctive coloration and striking appearance. This species adds both beauty and intrigue to aquariums, making it a prized choice among catfish enthusiasts.



  • Average Size: 4-5 inches
  • Max Size: Up to 5 inches
  • Tank Size Required: 30 gallons or larger


Temperament: The L129 Colombian Zebra Pleco is generally peaceful but may become territorial, especially during breeding. Provide hiding spots and structures to create a secure environment and minimize territorial disputes.


Unique Traits: Distinguished by its bold black and white zebra-like stripes, the Colombian Zebra Pleco stands out for its captivating and visually striking appearance. It has a streamlined body, a flattened profile, and a sucker mouth characteristic of plecos.


Origin: Native to South America, the L129 Colombian Zebra Pleco is found in river systems in Colombia.


Other Names:

  • Hypancistrus debilittera
  • Zebra Pleco


Care Level: Moderate


Diet: The Colombian Zebra Pleco is primarily herbivorous, and its diet should include high-quality sinking pellets, spirulina-based foods, and fresh vegetables such as zucchini and cucumber. Supplement their diet with occasional protein-rich foods like high-quality pellets or frozen brine shrimp.


Characteristics and Looks: The L129 Colombian Zebra Pleco is characterized by its bold black and white zebra-like stripes, creating a visually striking contrast. The body is flat and elongated, typical of plecos, and it has a distinctive sucker mouth. As they mature, the zebra patterns become more pronounced.


Water Parameters:

  • pH: 6.5-7.5
  • gH (General Hardness): 5-15 dGH
  • kH (Carbonate Hardness): 3-10 dKH
  • Temperature: 76-82°F


Disclaimer: "Please note that these are general guidelines, and for more accurate values, we encourage you to contact Living Aquarium by phone or in person. Within store hours, our team of experts is always happy to answer any questions you may have and provide personalized guidance on care."

L129 Colombian Zebra Pleco

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