Zebra Pleco prefers good current with high oxygen levels.  An aquarium planted with hearty, fast growing plants is not absolutely necessary for these Plecos.  In their native habitat, the Rio Xingu, the water is extremely warm (80-84F) and has a high oxygen content. The substrate in the Rio Xingu is made up of stone and sand, and aquatic plants are rare to nonexistent.  Although an aquarium aquascaped with rock caves and lots of driftwood will keep them healthy and happy, a few plants never hurt.

Zebra Pleco