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Michelle - 2010-11-06
We have a peacock eel. He has been in our tank for about 6 months. In the last few days he has been turning upside down and looks dead. When I try to fish him out he flips over and swims away only to turn belly up in a few minutes. This is my first tank and I am not very fish savvy. Any ideas would be nice. Also my water smells like a swamp and looks kind of greenish, but when I test it everything is within normal limits. I have taken samples to petsmart and they also say everything is fine.

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  • Angela - 2010-12-03
    Your tank could be going through new tank syndrome, or, a type of algae is making the water green. This will not clear up on its own. Your'e going to have to clean out your aquarium and everything in it and cycle your tank all over again unfortunately. This takes a month, so you're going to have to set up a new tank (cycle that one too. A tank that isn't cycled is dangerous for fish. The good bacteria hasn't established yet and without the bacteria, the ammonia and nitrates will build up and kill your fish). Your eel might have dropsy (I believe that's what it's called). It's an illness. Normal healthy fish don't flip upside down for no reason. There isn't really much you can do. But just cycle your tank over again. It'll fix your water problems.
  • Anonymous - 2010-12-17
    Hello my name is Shaun and I have been dealing with different fish for a few years. If your eel gets over stressed when putting him in a new tank they release an acid in their body that can cause a break down of brain cells causing a break down in communication between brain and body. Keep it swimming around rightside up and it should rebuild this body-brain communication.
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Anonymous - 2010-12-08
This is a pretty helpful website about purple spaghetti Eels, I'm going to get 1 but I think you should also add in how long they live it's going to help a lot! That's if I have an idea about how long they live for. Anyway the main things that's it is SOOOOO Helpful I found most of my research on this site.

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alle - 2010-12-01
I have a tire track eel 16' long very friendly, hand fed, I gave him some raw fresh salmon and now he won't come out of his cave.. worried.. did I make him sick?

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Greg - 2010-04-07
I own a black spotted eel that is over 18 1/2 inches long. He doesn't feed on live bait. He likes freeze dried shrimp and only one brand. He lives in a castle and that is where he stays. I have a picture of him at about 17 inches long. I would love to show everybody what he looks like. He is a beautiful creature.

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  • alicia - 2010-11-24
    What size tank should a spotted eel live in? I am new to having pet eels we are buying it for our sister and know nothing about what they need and how to set up their aquarium.
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Jeremiah - 2010-03-14
We bought a Peacock Eel about a year ago. He quickly burried into the rocks, and for the first 3 months or so we would only catch glimpses of him (head or tail sticking out of the rocks). Then he dissapeared for 8 or 9 months, during which time we ceased to feed him as we figured he had escaped and been consumed by a dog.
He just re-appeared 2 weeks ago and has enjoyed swimming above ground every day since. He even plays in the bubbles and swims around during the day. He does not seem stressed, but I am not sure what to think now.
I have been feeding him fresh frozen brine shrimp every couple of days (now that I know he is around). The tank is home to several tropical semi-aggressive fish and two two large plecostomuses (sucker fish?).
Does anyone have any thoughts on the best way to feed him? Also, he seems to enjoy one farily exposed rock, and I am wondering if we should find him a better hiding spot. Any thoughts?
Thanks!

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  • Editor's Note - 2010-03-15
    Hi Jeremiah,
    You can always offer more hiding places, but if he seems comfortable with the one he's got, I wouldn't disturb it. It sounds like feeding him the brine shrimp is working out, are you afraid he's not getting enough because of the semi-aggressive fish?
  • Dillon - 2010-03-17
    Ghost shrimp are always a good option, they're fairly cheap (often .39 each) and will hold him for a while. Blood worms are always good as well. They come in the "Lunch Box" and my advice is, let the cube of blood worms dissolve into a cup of water, then use a turkey baster to spray the blood worms into the fish tank. I also suggest that if you do the said method, you do it continuously in the same spot, and eventually he will migrate there to eat. Otherwise, they'll hide and prey on your fish or the babies the fish may or may not have. Also, if he is around the rock he likes it, don't change it now. They do like pipe shaped objects, caverns, and tunnels; any will work for him. For example, I have a Bhudda Head with large holes in the back of it, and on the front, but he'd rather hang out in a plastic plant I have. It all depends on his liking.

    Hope this helps,



    Dillon
  • samuel - 2010-03-22
    I just bought a striped peacock and it seems to be doing great. It was readily feeding on frozen brine shrimp and bloodworms within just a couple hours of introducing it into the tank. Gonna try feeding it some beefheart to beef it up. But yeah, just throw a couple of cubes in the tank and it should swim around the tank sucking them up off the floor.
  • brent warner - 2010-11-03
    I have two peacock eels and a zig zag eel I feed them whole earth worms if you know where he is at drop a worm right where he can see it and it'll go at it like crazy they love earth worms.
  • April - 2010-11-18
    Well mine eats like a horse lol, goes through about 2 oz of blood worms every 4 days! And he is very friendly and smart! I use a weighted wide shallow cup to put live blood worms in at the bottom of the tank, I always put it in the same spot and he caught onto that. So he always goes back to that spot when he is hungry I can put my hand in to settle the cup in and he stays there patiently waiting and nudges my hand super cute I've even hand fed him before. And mine has like 5 really good hiding spots but he prefers to stay in a fake log that you can see into. I think it just depends on the eel.
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Greg - 2010-11-17
I bought a peacock eel about 3 months ago they are darling pets. However they are escape artists. One day I decided to buy some blood worms and brine shrimp to feed him and my fire Eel I have a 55gal a 125 gal and a 29 gal tank he and the fire Eel stay in the 55gal. When I came back the peacock was gone. At first I thought the fire Eel had done him in. Then I thought back when the Fire Eel tried to escape and ended up in the filter perfectly fine. I checked the filter and yeah the peacock was there in the filter I tried to scoop him out and he wiggled and fell out scarring his side he died soon after. If you want to know what they like to eat go to wal-mart and get bass worms they go crazy over those and they are cheap!)

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Angie - 2008-07-15
That's awesome! I just bought a pink paddle tail eel, I just fell in love. I didn't know much about it. I only paid 10$ for it! Thank you for the information, now I can love him to the fullest extent!

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  • adrian - 2010-11-15
    Where did you buy it from?
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suzanne campbell - 2010-10-25
I recently acquired a fish tank from my brother and have had it up and running for 3 weeks now. When I added the fish a couple weeks ago I noticed some fish on a daily basis were missing fins and had pieces taken out of their fins. Some of the smaller fish, like the neons and guppies and platties would disappear and I'd find them a few days later with pieces taken out of them. 2 or 3 months before my brother gave me the tank he had some kind of african eel and it disappeared from the tank. He searched for it, removed all the plants and hiding places and searched the gravel and couldn't find it.. it all became a bit of a mystery. Where had it gone? Had it escaped? This morning when I turned on the light in the tank, the eel was swimming around happily! Where could it have been the past 2 or 3 months? Was it hibernating? Was it just hiding and then coming out at night? Could it be the one who was nibbling the fish? I don't understand how I've never spotted it before. It made me laugh to think it's been hiding somewhere all this time!

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Meg - 2010-03-01
My eel is an escape artist! I have found it in the filter twice and once on the floor under the fish tank (mind you thats some drop..poor thing). He has eaten every baby fish since its arrival but it keeps to itself most of the time. Its about 6-7 inches now. Had it about a year!

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  • wilson - 2010-10-02
    Are all eels escape artists ....I just got something I have no clue what it is it's about 2 inches long and has a round mouth with like barbs looks like a eel but I'm clueless I don't want him to get out.
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teslaq - 2009-03-06
I have 1 zigzag, 9 tiger barbs, and 2 jack dempseys. My zig zag eel is so chilled out. I feed it on blood worms and earthworm. Had it now for about 6 months and I love it. It's in a 30 gallon tank. It's about 6inchs long.

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  • risigan - 2010-09-17
    your tank is WAYYY too small for all those fish
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