All assigned numbers:
L168, Butterfly pleco
Brazil Amazonas, Rio Negro
These plecos look more 'flattened' than any of the others. They have dark stripes on a yellowish base colour.
These pleco's are fairly peaceful towards other fish but can be quite territorial towards conspecifics,
so a ratio of one male per 30cm squared should be provided. Females seem to be quite compatible and a recommendation of 2-3 females per male would be fine. Males tend to be quite dominant toward's females so ensure there are enough females to keep him busy.
Sexing and Breeding:
Males are larger than females. Sexually Mature males have longer odontodes on the pectoral fins than females
An omnivore which should accept both veggies and meatier foods
PH 5.5-7.5 Temp 25-29c
These plecos seem to do fairly well in most water conditions as long as the aquarium is well oxygenated and the water is clean. They will however be at their best and likely to show off their colouration in soft and slightly acidic water
Zonancistrus are part of the Dekeyseria family