To the water equivalents
the L46 do not have such a high requirements as some other plecos.
Although, If u like to breed it, u should pay attention to
sufficient water quality.
I am not one of the fanatic “Watermixers”
who check all water equivalents every day and readjust them.
I measure nitrite e.g. only very
rarely. Since it is very poisonous, with smaller tanks and small
filters it should be checked more frequently. I have 2 big external
filters and a big internal filter who run parallel. Thats why i dont
worry about the water condition very much.
Nitrate I measure
more frequently and try to keep it as low as possible.
Although meanwhile I do not believe anymore that high nitrate values
have a negative effect on the keeping and breeding of the
plecos. I do not make a water change if one of the plecos has
laid eggs for a few days after they hatch. This summer some my
plecos produced eggs so frequently that they laid them one after the
other so that I could not make water changes for 6 weeks. How high
the nitrate values was u can probably imagine. And nevertheless it
did not seem to have disturbed the plecos.
I lower the hardness of
the water by using osmose water. I measure the GH also very rarely.
It is usually between 5 and 7. The KH i measure more
frequently. I try to hold the value around 2. Sometimes it sinks too
low, than it comes it to an acid fall and the pH value drops.
Therefore I give some Natriumhydrogencarbonat (soda) in the water,
when the value is too low.
The water temperature in
the L46 tank has to be higher, than with many other fish types. I
always hold my tank between 27,5° and 30°C. On very hot days in the
summer it can also be up to 31°C in the tank, but then one must
absolutely pay attention to a sufficient oxygenation. The Zebrawels
prefers such temperatures. However one may not forget here that the
Zebrapleco needs a lot of oxygen at high temperatures only little O2
is solved in the water. For this reason i supply my L46 with a
diffusor, which is fastened to the water inlet of an external
filter. Thus by the external filter is constantly blowing air in the
tank of the Zebraplecos.
Here i use a black, very
small, plastic-encased gravel. I looked for a very long time for
such a gravel. I wanted to have a black sand, since I find on the
one hand that the fish and plants look much better on a dark ground
and on the other hand i have the feeling that the plecos feel
much better on a dark ground and dont get scared so fast than on
bright. I wanted it fine-grained, because thereby the surface area
appears larger and because then the food does not disappear so fast
between gravel. It´s Plastic-encased because black ground usually
consists of quartz fragments. This is very beautifull black, but has
sharp edges. And since the plecos live with the belly on the ground
all day long, it should be plastic encased so that it does not come
I have plants in all of
my tanks. Not just because they diminish nitrate, but also because
in my opinion it belongs optically to an aquarium. With the
described water equivalents and - temperatures it is however
delicate with plants. Many cannot survive under such conditions.
Which functioned for me:
which I planted on some roots.
on roots planted.
Amazon sword plants (echinodorus
bleheri), grow however very slowly. Echinodorus schlueteri,
shows bad groth too.
grows also very slowly, but this comes me actually very convenient,
since the leefes are very closely together and so dont need to be
grows very beautifull, but slowly.