Commonly asked questions about Zebra Plecos
How Do I sex my zebra plecos?
The male zebra is half as wide as he is long , has whiskers
over his gill plate
and the pectoral fins are different .
The best place to see the difference in fins is at planet
catfish , in the catfish of the month archives under zebra
Generally the male is big all over
The female has a much slimmer head
she looks smaller even though she may be the same length
as a male.
She has no whiskers.
If you look at a group of zebras from above the tank
it is much easier to sex them
Even in very young zebras say 1 inch long you can see
the difference of the sexes as long as you are comparing the same length
Identification of individual fish?
All zebra pleco have individual markings, so it is easy
to tell the apart as the strips are like finger prints in humans.
With some they may be only slightly different but you
soon learn to tell your own zebras apart.
Even as hatchlings with large yolk sacs they already
have there stripes but being quiet small it is harder to differentiate
them till they are a bit bigger.