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Looking to get into zebra plecos. Ultimate goal is to breed them in my 33 gallon tank. For those that have kept these guys, what approach would you take?


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Start with a group of 5 captive bred juvis (1-1.5 inch) grow them out to maturity to breed. 2 years to breed?

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Buy a group of 5 W/C adults (2-2.5inch). Hope that they will breed faster?


Lastly, anyone have these available right now besides Dave J and Samantha for juvis? Anyone have adults available?
 

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Thank you.

I have sourced 2.25-3inch adults. Wild caughts from an importer in canada. Quarantined for 1 month. He has 10 available. Price of course is a little more than 1.5 inch juvis.

Any experts willing to chime in which route they'd go with!?
 

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From that picture? Too hard to tell. Try asking on PlanetCatfish for sexing, that's your best bet. What's your primary goal, keeping for pleasure or as an investment?
 

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aren't wild caught Zebras illegal? i thought they were banned.
 

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Planet catfish ok I can try that.

Investment and a pleasure. I've always wanted to breed Zebra plecos.

I had no idea WC were illegal to export right now. Don't follow the pleco scene too closely. Is this so?
 

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really? illegal wild caught vs captive bred...doesn't seem like a tough one to me...
 

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Personally, I would get captive breds and maybe add a couple wild caughts (unless it definitely is illegal) just for genetic diversity. Maybe even buy the captive breds from multiple sources to maximize genetic diversity. Not a big fan of breeding brothers & sisters together, if it can be helped.

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Personally, I would get captive breds and maybe add a couple wild caughts (unless it definitely is illegal) just for genetic diversity. Maybe even buy the captive breds from multiple sources to maximize genetic diversity. Not a big fan of breeding brothers & sisters together, if it can be helped.

Anthony
ditto, for what it's worth.
 

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They are illegal to export from Brazil, where they originate from. It is not illegal to own wild caughts. The specifics of how they end up outside Brazil is a separate issue. The longevity of the species in their natal river with recent developments is also a separate issue.

If it were me, I'd buy groups of juvies from at least 2 different breeders and grow them out. Then the males from one group and females from the other get placed together after they have had a couple years to grow. You get 2 potential breeding groups and avoid in-breeding.
 
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