Tag Archives: Zonancistrus

L168 Zonancistrus brachyurus

18. October 2017

We obtained wonderful L168 from Brazil. In this case the L-number provides a safer information than the scientific name. Due to several misidentifications this fish was in the hobby initially named Peckoltia pulcher, then Dekeyseria pulcher, sometimes also Zonancistrus pictus. But the valid name (this is at least current state of the art) is Zonancistrus brachyurus. Moreover, this species is often confused with the very similar species L52 from the Orinoco basin.

Zonancistrus brachyurus attains a maximum length of about 15 cm.  It originates from the Rio Negro system. L168 is very peaceful against conspecifics and can be kept in larger groups. This makes breeding attempts easier. Anyone who tries to breed the beautiful fish is recommended to use very soft water with an pH of 5.5 to 6 and a water temperature between 26 and 28°C. L168 is a typical cave spawner.

For our customers: the fish have code 26480-L 168-4 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Zonancistrus sp. L52

15. February 2017

The season for plecos from the rio Orinoko started very well. Many much sought for species are available in many different sizes. Most specimens of the Orinoco Butterfly Pleco (L52) we currently have in stock are charming and very pretty youngsters, but we also have a few large (9-11 cm) animals in our fishhouse. The species attains a mximum length of about 15 cm. L52 are omnivorous fishes that need some wood as food supplement, too. There are several reports on a successful breeding, the species is a typicla cave brooder. Despite the fact L52 is very undemanding in respect of general water conditions, the experience tells us that they show the most contrasting colours in soft and acidic water.

For our customers: the animals have code 26480 -L 52-0 (3-4 cm) and 26480 -L 52-4 (9-11 cm) on our stocklsit. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer