Yellow-Head Zebra Pleco

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Yellow Head Zebra Pleco Care Guide


The Yellow Head Zebra Pleco (Hypancistrus sp. L199) is a striking freshwater fish known for its distinctive yellow head and bold black and white striped body. This pleco is a great addition to aquariums due to its unique appearance and relatively peaceful nature.

Tank Setup

  • Size: Minimum 30 gallons.
  • Substrate: Sand or fine gravel.
  • Filtration: Moderate to strong; ensure good water flow and oxygenation.
  • Decor: Provide plenty of hiding spots using driftwood, rocks, and caves.
  • Water:
    • Temperature: 77-86°F (25-30°C)
    • pH: 6.5-7.5
    • Hardness: Soft to moderately hard (4-10 dGH)


  • Diet: Omnivorous; provide sinking pellets, algae wafers, and vegetables (e.g., zucchini, cucumber). Supplement with occasional protein sources like shrimp and bloodworms.


  • Water Changes: 20-30% weekly to maintain water quality.
  • Tankmates: Peaceful community fish; avoid aggressive species and ensure they are not outcompeted for food.


  • Common Issues: Monitor for signs of stress or disease. Maintain a varied diet and clean water to ensure optimal health.

By following these guidelines, your Yellow Head Zebra Pleco will thrive and display its vibrant colors and patterns.

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