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Knife Fish Lover - 2014-10-22
Can one of these live in a 55 gallon long,with:6 weather loaches,2 african brown knife fish,and a spotted raphael catish?Liveaquaria says 50 gallon min. but this sight says 125 gallon,who should i belive??????

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  • Knife Fish Lover - 2014-10-22
    Ok,thanks.But do you know of any spiny eels that can live in a 55?
  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-22
    Did you read the description of this fish above, these bad boys reach 27.6 inches (70.00 cm)! There are many variables with fish, and one of them is the size it is when you purchase it from a supplier and the size it is as an adult. Suppliers are usually selling juveniles and will talk to you about their needs at the time of purchase. But of course, we all plan on keeping our pets for their entire lives... so Animal-World talks about the care of an animal over its lifetime. Btw, Liveaquaria is a fine resource and I have purchased many aquatics from them, as well as visited one of their sites.
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Samantha T - 2008-01-27
I have bred zig zag eels, though it happened quite by accident. They had four sessions or so of babies within a month and a half period or so.
The female was rounder in the mid section but definately shorter then my male. They are very caring and were seen teaching their young to hunt blood worms in the substrate.
Some of the pieces of the puzzle to help them along was an Indian almond leaf added, and the blue light to make it seem like moonlight (the IAL was added to start conditioning my halfmoon betta male also in the tank). Also, I had gone against a lot of people's advice and had bought the second zig zag with too small a tank, the lack of space turned out to never be an issue, and the fry and parents thrived. Unfortunately my female died a few months ago (she was having some issues, almost looked like she was laboring and got something stuck, no other signs of injury or sickness, plus the tank was/is healthy). Her young and mate protected her body as I tried to remove it. They noticed her gone, as well as the fry as I had to start selling them off as they got bigger. The tank is only a 30 gallon... I thought I'd share my beginner's luck.

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  • Kevin Satterfield - 2014-10-02
    I have a few eels in my tank and have been putting together accounts of eels breeding. Please contact me at kevinsatterfield7@gmail.com
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laure - 2012-09-29
I've had my tiretrack eel for a few months now and I noticed he/she is getting meaner to my other fish. It used to be a super sweet fish but it's just gotten totally agressive. Even when I changed out my tank it was attempting to gnaw on me even though I didn't feel it. It was just very strange. I've started calling him/her my little convict because he/she is just turning into a dreadful jerk. any suggestions?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-09-30
    They do eat small fish naturally, and some can get grumpier with age. But I'd start by checking the habitat as it may have to do with the tank being too small and/or not enough hiding places.
  • Lauren - 2012-12-31
    he lives in an 80gal tank with a pacu, angelfish, ghost knifefish, shovelnose cat. hes claimed this big cave all to himself even though hes still semi small. he hasnt reached his full length not by a long shot. idk whats wrong with him but hes made himself clear about his cave, the other fish let him eat first, and hes happy most of the time. i just dont know why he can have such a mean streak. the other fish dont bother him. he really likes to go after the pacu but i think thats because hes shiney. my eel loves shiney things. i had this silver ring on once when i was feeding them and i learned my lesson haha. he almost went ape crazy trying to get to it so i keep it in the aquarium now cuz he liked it so much, but i just dont know whats been gettin into him with his attitude. :/
  • mike - 2014-10-02
    Some fish are more naturally aggressive than their peers. Your fish could just have that aggressive personality. Or it could be a gender/dominance issue. (I've seen this with a buddies cichlid) some times if there are too many of one gender in one tank it may cause a dominance issue, or could be territorial, feeling threatened by habbits of your other fish. Is your tank thin and tall? Or broad and flat? A large tank doesn't always mean a big enough habitat. A 120 gallon tank can be only as much space as a 60 gallon for eels if its too tall.(as eels are bottom fish, they need broader, flatter tanks where other fish need swimming room eels need tank bottom.
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anonymous - 2011-03-09
When I was living in san jose in a pet store I saw some very strange fish they were black with a dark brown/dark dusty gray undertone they had no scales they were very smooth and slick-looking they looked almost like seahorses with no bumps that had been uncurled and stretched except they looked slimy like eels they had a long fin running down their back and seahorse snouts they were swimming through the pipes between the tanks but one of them stopped, lifted its head out of the water, and looked at me. I was a little ways behind it so it literally lifted its head and some of its neck out of the water, twisted its neck like a human would, and looked at me and its eyes looked way too intelligent to be a fish's eyes and they didn't seem to care if the water was warm or cold because they went between a tropical tank and a goldfish tank if someone knows what these are please leave an answering comment.

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  • Another Anonymous Guy - 2014-10-01
    it depends on what type of fish they were. Instead of goldfish it might of been a red devil. They look a lot like goldfish but they are not. The fish you saw was still probably a spiny eel because its snout that you described sounded a lot like the snout of a spiny eel.
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Brittney - 2014-09-19
I put a bubbler in my tank. My eel goes & kinda plays In it but it shoots hi up. He keeps doing it tho. I don't want him to get hurt. Should I turn the bubbler off! He's just a baby

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-19
    Sounds like he's enjoying the bubbles, but I wouldn't want him to get hurt either. Maybe you can turn it down a notch or divert some of the water to reduce the intensity of the flow.
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PRADEEP.S.BHADRAN - 2014-08-31
Is there anything wrong if we keep peacock eels of about 3 to 6 inches length with a small Tortoise...???

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-01
    Well first off, tortoises don't live in water. Perhaps you are asking about an aquatic or semi-aquatic turtle, like a red-eared slider or something?. You would need to set the aquarium up for the needs of the Peacock Eel, i.e. tropical temperatures, good filtration and water movement, necessary decor, correct diet, and then keeping the water quality up.

    If you then want to include turtles, compatability isn't really the problem. It's the very different types of animals and their needs. Understand that turtles place a very large bio-load on an aquarium, so keeping a quality aquarium for the eels will take a lot more maintenance just to keep the fish healthy.

    You can learn about turtles and their needs on the Selecting and Caring for Turtles and Tortoises page, and then read the care page for the needs of the particular type of turtle you are interested in.
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Matt - 2013-11-11
I bought my tire track eel a couple days ago and I'm not to sure on how often to feed him. The guy at the shop said he feeds them everyday to double check I looked online and it says only 2-3 times a week. I feed him bloodworms. I also bought an African knife fish and the eel never gives him a chance to even see the food let alone eat it so I'm worried of accidentally over feeding in time or if he/she (noodle) is just naturally greedy and it's ok to eat a lot.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-10
    Eels really only need to be fed a couple of times a week, and sometimes they will go for longer without accepting food. I doubt you will overfeed, and it may be necessary to feed him down in a corner to keep him occupied, and then offer food directly to your knifefish so that fellow doesn't starve.
  • puneet - 2014-02-20
    I have two tire track eels... but how do I know who is male and who is female...
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Kaytelyn - 2013-11-11
I just added a peacock eel into my 50 gal yesterday and was of course expecting her to hide but she hasn't. Our rocks are a little bit big so she couldn't dig at first but we got finer rocks for her. She's not even interested in the floor of the tank, she just swims up and down in the corners all day and night. I'm worried she's too stressed. I have caves in there and lots and lots of plants and floating plants but I'm so worried I'm over-stressing her. Help :(

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-10
    I didn't see your question earlier, I sure hope your eel is good now. It did sound like it was stressed so hopefully is comfortable in its home now.
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Larry Seymour - 2013-04-06
We bought one to help clean the tank. The pet store guy said he would hide most of the time but this couldn't be farther from the truth, he is all over the place! I hope this is a sign that he loves his new home! He is leving with 5 Zebra Danio's, 1 Rainbow SHark, 2 Bala Sharks, 1 Cory Cat, and 1 Pleco. Love this guy he is so cool!

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  • kye turnbull - 2013-05-21
    your lucky mine disappeared the day i got it and i haven't seen it again, it could even be dead!
  • kye turnbull - 2013-05-23
    YAY! i saw its nose! yay!
  • Dilipan - 2013-08-23
    Friends, I am a beginner, what is the recommended food for eels?
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Kate - 2012-03-25
My daughter has an eel, when is a good time to feed them since they hide all day? I haven not seen he/she eat yet. We were told to feed it either blood worms or flake food. Have been feeding it flake food because that is what the other fish eat.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-25
    I would also try some brine shrimp. Doubt they will thrive or even eat flake.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-25
    Early morning before lights go on or at night. It will learn to eat around your schedule eventually.
  • Anonymous - 2013-08-22
    Drop bloodworms wherever it hides at dusk. These Eels won't accept flakes I have had spiny eels and never once have they accepted anything but bloodworms and tubifex worms.
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