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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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JT - 2010-04-05
The fish in the picture is not a peacock eel, it is a tire track eel (Mastacembelus armatus) which can potentially grow to more than 36 inches. I have one with a very similar pattern that is currently about 13 inches and still growing at about an inch per month.

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  • Editor's Note - 2010-04-05
    Actually, the one pictured is a Peacock Eel, though not an overly pronounced eye spot pattern. This is probably because of its age. It is still doing well, and is now about 18 years old and it is about 10" long.

    Its common name the 'Peacock' Eel is derived from the approximately 3 to 6 ocelli or 'eyespots' found along the base of the dorsal fin. This fish will only reach about 10" (25 cm).

    Due to yours already being 13" long, it is more likely a Tire Track or a Zig Zag Eel.

    The Tire Track Eel has a series of irregular dark markings along the entire length of its body, reaching from the top of its back down to its belly. And yes, the Tire Track Eel can reach up to 35 inches (90 cm).

    The Zig Zag Eel is patterned with a series of irregular dark markings, but the pattern is only on the upper two thirds of the body leaving the lower portion mostly plain. It also grows up to 35 inches (90 cm).
  • JT - 2010-04-19
    I know for a fact that it is not a peacock eel. I guess it is possible that it has some type of dwarfism (though I am doubtful that this is the case), but at that age it should be around 36"+. btw, tire tracks can get to more than 35 inches, I have seen them up to 40 inches. Anyway, if you don't want to believe me, then I guess that's fine, but I have solid proof that it is a tire track eel, like I said before, mine is at 13 inches and has almost the exact same patterns, there is just a bit more of a zig-zag pattern to it, but it still has the spots where the zig-zags should be and lacks any pattern on the lower 2/3 of the body- this is actually a very common pattern fo tire track eels, I have seen many with the same pattern that have been up to 28 inches and still growing, so there is no way you can tell me that they were not tire tracks. If you are interested in finding out for sure (since you don't seem to believe me) then I would reccomend joining monsterfishkeepers.com, which is a very large forum with many experienced members including a few that have degrees in marine biology and other fish/aquatic animal related majors, and I know that there are quite a few members on there who have many years of experience with spiny eels. btw, if you do decide to become a member there, you can look at my profile (my username is drgnfrc13) which includes multiple pictures of my eel so you can compare it to your eel and see that I am giving you correct information. The main reason I am so concerned about the proper identification of your fish is because this is an informational website that I know a lot of people who are new to the fish keeping hobby view to decide what fish they can keep in their tanks, and I don't want them to see this then see a fish just like it at the lfs and buying it for their ten gallon, then have it suddenly outgrow their tank within a year. I have seen far too many 20 inch fish in 12 inch wide tanks owned by people who were told they would only grow to "x" amount of inches. So please look into it, false information is worse than no information at all.
  • Editor's Note - 2010-05-04
    Thanks again for your input and concern. Your care and description information fits the Tire Track Eel very well.

    The information on this page is only about the Peacock Eel or Spot-Finned Spiny Eel, Macrognathus siamensis. These fish only reach about 11.8 inches (30 cm) in length.

    Regarding the picture, I can only tell you that the fish pictured did have the much more pronounced 'peacock' patterning when it was young. Its patterning has faded with age, yet its size is true to the species. We would love to get a picture of a specimen with a more pronounced 'peacock' patterning.
  • Hayden - 2010-09-01
    You're wrong. It is a peacock eel. It's just not a striped peacock eel. Tiretrack eels are darker in color and do not have spots, but have a pattern that somewhat resembles a tires track.. do your research before you try to outsmart one of the most informational aquarium websites.
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