[FONT="Times New Roman"][SIZE="2"][B] These are very pretty little Fish. Mine enjoy sitting in my cabomba (see photo). They like to have hiding places such as plants or bogwood.
They are bottom dwellers and will eat most food that reach the bottom, they will also take care of snail problems and will include them in its' diet, they also love worms.
Zebras do well in a community tank and will enjoy the company of its' own (3/4 or more).
It is very difficult to tell male from female, also breeding in an aquarium is very rare.
Like all loach they have no scales and are therefore at higher risk to ICH and Whitespot. [/B][/SIZE][/FONT]
One of my favorite Loaches, and more suitable for the average tank than the more common Clown loach (since Clowns can grow to be a foot long or more). I recommend a nice group of 5 or more, preferable heavy on the 'more'. They also seem to be more plant friendly than other Loaches.
Very cool fish! I switched over to this species of loach from the angelicus loaches because they don't get nearly as big, and don't chew the tails off my neons :) They fit in great with smaller community fish.
I have two (and want more!) of these who often run around with an Angelicus or Polka-dot (B. Kubotai) loach. I think these are the most friendly and attractive of all the loaches and highly recommend these to any interested in loaches. Possibly the least aggressive of all loaches (other than sidthmunki) and easiest to care for.
Cherry shrimp? Should be no problem in a heavily planted tank. I have 3 Zebras in what has essentially become a Cherry shrimp breeding tank. Come to think of it there are 2 Clowns in there as well! The shrimp keep coming. But it is very heavily planted.
The biggest of my three planted tanks became infested with pond snails (mostly because the idea of smashing them made me cringe). So, I frantically looked for a "natural" solution to my problem. After tons of research, I bought three zebra loaches. They are voracious eaters of pond snails! My loaches hide in their driftwood cave quite a bit and seem strangely aware of any activity that is happening outside the tank. I love these little guys.
I had an outbreak of snails in my 55 and it seemed like every morning I would wake up to about 20 new snails on the glass. I kept throwing them out and they kept coming...until I bought just one of these guys. After three days I have only seen one snail! This fish is gorgeous and super effective! Talk about worthwhile.