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Pyork001
03-02-2015, 04:18 PM
$299 for one L046 Zebra Pleco on aquabid. One of the better prices I've seen for a single L046 Zebra in a while. And it's still freaking insanely priced... The cheapest I have ever seen these is $200 a fish for a 5 pack. Yeah I have a grand to drop on a few fish...

So who wants to bite the bullet and get a pair and start breeding them for all of us in the area? Could be a great investment...

http://www.aquabid.com/cgi-bin/auction/auction.cgi?fwcatfishp&1425416642

Gypsi
03-02-2015, 04:34 PM
Sigmar used to. Don't know where he got off to, but sure he sold his breeding group to someone.

papasmurf
03-02-2015, 05:18 PM
As long as you are not looking for full grown adults, I see juvies for sale on AB and other sites from time to time for quite a bit less than $300.

bristlenosedude
03-02-2015, 05:44 PM
Grant should have some for sale here. Search for his thread, they were less than this for sure.

MJMK
03-02-2015, 05:45 PM
I saw some not too long ago for $120 each. That IMO is still pretty expensive for a single freshwater fish.

I have heard breeding them is extremely difficult which is why the market isn't flooded with them yet.

papasmurf
03-02-2015, 06:01 PM
They are not especially difficult to breed...it is hard to build a breeding colony though as some people were in the habit of selling only the males and/or females to keep sort of a monopoly in play. Adults were a bit scare too at one time. They only lay at most 10-15 eggs at a time so considering that maybe 2/3 of them survive, it takes a while for them to become common in the hobby.

Tugg
03-02-2015, 06:45 PM
Sigmar used to. Don't know where he got off to, but sure he sold his breeding group to someone.

I believe Tanya said his health pretty much forced him out of the hobby. :(

Gypsi
03-02-2015, 07:29 PM
I know it did. Not sure who he sold the group off to, he still had them when I went over there to pick something else up during the sell off.

TanyaQ2000
03-02-2015, 09:45 PM
I know it did. Not sure who he sold the group off to, he still had them when I went over there to pick something else up during the sell off.

Sigmar sold them to a guy in CA. if i remember right, the buyer flew in to retrieve. Sigmar's holding his own. I visit with him now and then on Facebook

carddude123
03-03-2015, 12:19 AM
Grant should have some for sale here. Search for his thread, they were less than this for sure.

I saw a bunch at Grant's house but I don't think he was selling them. In my opinion these are some of the prettiest plecos but they etay about 3" so they would be a $300 snack for most africans.

Pyork001
03-03-2015, 06:40 AM
I've always wanted a couple but I cannot bring myself to buy them. I fear that I would get them and they would not like my water parameters even though mine are good and go belly up on me. That is a pricy fish to loose and would be very painful.

carddude123
03-17-2015, 11:08 PM
I can beat the price on these plecos. A little while ago there was someone who had a L250 Pleco on aquabid for $4,500!!!

There have only been 8 imported to US since 2005. They only get 3" they are cool looking but not sure their 4k cool. They don't eat algae and aggressive fish like africans would surely make a snack out of them.

MJMK
03-18-2015, 05:56 AM
I will eventually get a one or two but I want to have my tank where I want it before I do something crazy like that!!! Once I put it in there, I will not want to start moving stuff around and possibly squish it!!!

Pyork001
03-18-2015, 06:27 AM
There is no way I am dropping 4k on a fish lol...

It is very tempting to buy a pair of the L046. If you could get them breeding you would be sitting on a gold mine. But that initial cost ugh... Plus the male/female is not as easy to sex as the BN plecos are. So you would really need more than just a pair at first to even have a chance at breeding. But if you do get them breeding... BAM MONEY!

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Oh... Under $200 wow... http://www.aquabid.com/cgi-bin/auction/auction.cgi?fwcatfishp&1427158803

bristlenosedude
03-18-2015, 08:05 AM
Hate to disappoint you but there is NO gold mine in fish breeding. L046 and most of the fish like it have very small broods, 10 is very good. They don't breed with the frequency that BN's do either. They take several years to get to a good sellable size. As the price of the fish goes up the market shrinks tremendously. I think Grant had them for $150 and couldn't sell them.

Pyork001
03-18-2015, 10:28 AM
Oh I know... I made my point in jest. If I truly believed that I would have bought them and been breeding them. I have done quite a bit of research on them and while they are awesome looking fish they hardly constitute the price and rarely ever recover from breeding something like this. I feel as a personal breeder you would be lucky to get $50-$100 per fish in the non retail market. And at that price it would be a very big investment to actually get a breeding pair as I have also read they are not the easiest to get breeding on top of the small broods as you already mentioned. If they were they would already be more available and affordable.

Malefactor
03-18-2015, 10:40 AM
I've seriously been considering it... even if it took me $750 to get one breeding pair and it took a year to get them going... I'd sell 'em for 75/ea... So, in about 3 years would make my money back on them and after that it's all profit *lol*... For something that pretty, to me it'd be worth it... If i had that kind of money i'd go for it.

Then again, i think everyone on this forum has already established i'm a bit nuts... and think not outside the box, but general room the box is located in *lol*

carddude123
03-18-2015, 02:03 PM
Here's a link for the L250 they are much prettier than L046 but ususally the prettier they are the more demanding they can be just like the opposite sex https://www.google.com/search?site=&source=hp&ei=xtkJVemdIsvjsATc94HwBw&q=l250&oq=l250&gs_l=mobile-gws-hp.12..35i39j0l4.3559.5204.0.6459.6.5.1.1.1.0.203. 784.0j2j2.4.0.msedr...0...1c.1.62.mobile-gws-hp..1.5.662.3.MmV02aNL64k#q=l250+pleco&imgrc=yPc-YjWeAq_ApM%253A%3Bundefined%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fi mg.photobucket.com%252Falbums%252Fv642%252Fgenes%2 52FADA%252520Party%2525202008%252FMegaCrownZebra-TheLastEmperor.jpg%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.aquati cquotient.com%252Fforum%252Fshowthread.php%252F452 90-Tokyo-LFS-and-Tokyo-Aquano-Exhibition%3B500%3B320.

Malefactor
03-18-2015, 02:16 PM
Carddude, thank you... Seriously... That is beautiful. That and the Snowball pleco... I now have a new ambition instead of the L046 :-)

or nvm... i just saw the price tag on that... yeah, i'll stick to the L046

Pyork001
03-18-2015, 02:31 PM
Carddude, thank you... Seriously... That is beautiful. That and the Snowball pleco... I now have a new ambition instead of the L046 :-)

or nvm... i just saw the price tag on that... yeah, i'll stick to the L046

Yeah stop that... It is not bad enough I want the L046 now I have to figure out how to get those too.

Seriously though I enjoy my much much lower priced L144 BE BN even. I have a pair of them though they have not bred yet.

DDA
03-29-2015, 08:42 AM
member grant in this forum has tons L046 Zebra Pleco

MJMK
03-29-2015, 08:55 AM
BrianRPrice has a couple. He was selling them for $175. I think he's away but somebody is looking after the tanks...

Shazray
03-29-2015, 06:09 PM
I wouldn't buy from someone on Aquabid... I'd get them from Grant. That way you know they are quality and accustomed to our local water supply.

grant
04-01-2015, 05:56 PM
http://www.dfwfishbox.com/forums/production/vb4/showthread.php?32968-FS-L46-Zebras-f1

That was 2 yrs ago. :) They are now 2 to 3 inches.