Hypancistrus sp. L270

Photo: Haakon Haagensen


Previously among the more regular representatives of Hypancistrus in the hobby, L270 is a species that slowly disappears from the trade. It’s not allowed for export from Brazil at the moment, so captive breeding stock is what we must rely on to still enjoy L270 in our aquariums. It’s a nice, small species displaying yellow/cream coloured bands against a grey/black body.


Name: Hypancistrus sp. “L270”

Trade names: Tapajos Zebra Pleco, Chocolate Zebra Pleco, L270, L307,  LDA76

Origin: Rio Curuá Uná, Brazil

Maximum size: 12 cm / 5”

L270 needs an aquarium set up consisting of lots of hiding places in the form of rocks, wood and of course specially made caves that suit their measurements. In these the males will eventually guard their offspring. They prefer water that is fairly warm (27-30 C), soft and slightly acidic. Most of all it should be well oxygenated and clean, so a good filtration system and frequent water changes are essential. It’s a rather small and timid species that should not be exposed to too much competition over food and shelter. Among themselves they are fairly peaceful, although males may quarrel for caves and females can sometimes be badly injured or even killed during the breeding-trapping in the male’s cave. Food should be mainly carnivore, but mixed dried foods consisting of some vegetable matter should be offered too.

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