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L236 Hypancistrus sp. Pleco, also known as a Cracked Zebra Pleco is an ideal species for the small to medium community aquarium. These fish are not as readily available as other plecos, thus, the higher price tag. 

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Features of L236 Hypancistrus sp. Pleco:

  • They have alternating stripes of white and black with a white stomach
  • The eyes are large and bulbous and giving the fish a unique look
  • The L236 Hypancistrus sp. Pleco has a set of large rayed fins
  • Grows to 12cm


Best Aquarium Size for L236 Hypancistrus sp. Pleco:

L236 Hypancistrus sp. Pleco can do well in a tank of 75L or larger. However, it depends on the size of your pelco. Also, if you want to set up a community tank, you have to increase the tank size. 

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Tank Mate Compatibility:

L236 Hypancistrus sp. Pleco can be kept in community tanks. Do not add larger or more active bottom-dwellers. Because of the passive nature of the L236 Hypancistrus sp. Pleco, it’s often out-competed for food.

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Feeding :

L236 Hypancistrus sp. Pleco's do best on a high-protein diet. Offer them a steady diet of algae wafers and frozen or live bloodworms and they will meet all of their nutritional requirements. We recommend the Algae Wafers from Hikari, Fluval Bug Bites Algae Crisps, Vitalis Catfish Pellets and Sera Catfish Chips Wafers with Wood.

Search Catfish food in our High Quality Fish Foods collections.

Pleco Tank Setup:

Aquarium Filtration

A good filtration system is necessary. Remove the waste as early as possible for a clean aquarium. With the help of a strong filtration system, this task becomes easyMake sure the filter matches with your tank size.

Here are some great ones to consider:

Air Pumps or Bladders

Air pumps or bladders are recommended. L236 Hypancistrus sp. Pleco's like a stronger current, so make sure the filter’s outlet can meet that need. You can search for an ideal Pump for your tank in our online shop.

Plants for Plecos

There are no strict cultivars that these fish prefer. So, get creative and add a variety of plants that fit this environment.

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Decorations for Plecos

You may put some driftwood, rock caves, terra cotta spots or tubes in the aquarium. They love staying hidden in holes.

After more nice quality decorations?  Check our Aquarium Ornaments.


Install a safe aquarium lighting system inside so that you can keep an eye on the fish when feeding them. Sufficient light is also important for the growth of your live plants.


Sand is the preferred substrate because it’s closer to what’s found in the wild and is less abrasive on their bellies. 

A variety of Substrates are available at Coburg Aquarium. 

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Molly L.
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Not like the photos, much smaller than described. Sub par quality

Was supposed to be 4-6cm and they were hardly 3cm plus tail. The photos provided on the website are completely different grade to the fish I received. Don’t think I would purchase these again, even at such a good price