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zack - 2010-03-08
I got a female eel yesterday. Two neon tetras dissappeared the same night. Is this possible? She is 5 inches or so... ANY HELP WOULD BE DEEPLY APPRECIATED!

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  • Tom - 2010-03-22
    A 5 inch eel could easily eat a neon tetra. That is what is happening.
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Taelor - 2009-05-11
My boyfriend and I just recently got a 55 gallon tank for our tiger oscars, and silver-tipped sharks, and our pleco. We went to petsmart to possibly get a catfish that would be compatible with our oscars, and that's when we found the Peacock Eel. So far we really enjoy him. We did just get him today so we haven't fed him yet. But I am a little worried about the space behind our tank. We have a lid on it, but I have read several stories about them getting out. Does anyone have any ideas to reassure us he won't get out? But so far so good. =]

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  • Anonymous - 2010-02-20
    I rolled up gallon size freezer baggies and placed them under the air and heater tubes/wiring to cover the openings in the back of the tank top. The tubing holds the plastic in place as it stretches from end to end of the openings. I have not lost my frog or peacock eel.
  • Ally - 2010-05-14
    What I did was go to the local shop and buy a sponge and cut it into the shape of the gap and shove it in it works for me.
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zack - 2009-03-25
I had a peacock eel before that was doing okay until one day I noticed that he/she was missing! So about a mounth later I finally got my mom to check around the tank. We found him in a hole under a rock! I WAS SO HAPPY! The next morning he was gone again. We checked the tank one more time, no eel. I gave up and asked my mom if I could get another. She said yes. I got a 7in. striped peacock eel. He is doing very well in our 75 gallon tank. He loves to hide in a plant that I bought just for him. It has been about 17 days or so since we fist checked the tank and found him. I still have not seen my first eel. but I'm happy with my new eel. He is very active at night. p.s. if your eel is hiding under the rocks and if he/she has not been in your tank for that long, put a good plant in there if you want to see him more often.

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  • Austin - 2010-02-17
    "he might have jumped out of the tank, eels of all kinds like to explore and jump. even pushing up lids(if they are light enough) to get out. so i suggest covering any holes, even around the filter, to prevent this one from escaping.
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Anonymous - 2010-02-14
A Spotted Eel has just systematically worked its way through our new guppies and fighters in one night. Little git is on his way to the pet shop to be swapped! They are great but avoid little slender fish. Our baby barbs and other unknown little fellas have been fine, so it must be the thin bodies of the eaten ones that appealed. Mistake with our new hobby number 1....

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dragoon0630 - 2010-01-31
I just got my tire track eel today and petsmart said they will grow 12inches. That means u need a 20 gallon tank when it gets too big. So u can start with a 10 gallon tank!

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Todd - 2010-01-31
Hello animail world. I'm new here and I just bought a black spiney eel and he's great, he's about 5 inches long. He's amazing. Anyways take that one part very serious about them being ecape artists, cuz it's true. No more then 6 hours of having him he tried escape number 1, and I also noticed that they are really night time fish and they need fast moving fish. He started to attack my tiger barbs. I don't know what he's gonna do with my other tiretrack eel, hopfully it'll be a happy tank.

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Anonymous - 2010-01-04
I bought a spotted eel at a place in portland called the wetspot you can google them it comes up easy. good luck


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ben - 2009-11-27
I've had a tire track eel, he's 14 inches long, and he's my best fish. I recommend getting one.

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Scott - 2009-10-06
I have had my peacock for 3-4 months now and though they are peaceful in general, do be careful of tankmates. They are a predator and mine ate 10 neons in one night! It also killed a fancy guppy and a cardinal. Mine eats ghost shrimp, small feeders, black worms and angle worms. It doesn't hide ever and I have it in fine sand for substrate. I have mollies, neons, cardinals, dwarf gouramis, fancy guppies, german rams, and a gold nugget pleco for tankmates.

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theodore - 2009-07-15
Yes, I have had my eel now for about three months. At first I couldn't get him to eat till one day I went outside after a rain found a common worm and put it in the tank, so now that is all it wants is earth warms. If it is what it will eat I won't argue. When he is hungry he comes out and swims around till I see him. Being my computer is by the tank it doesn't take long. I drop a worm in, it eats, then about an hour later he wants another. Then I feed once more till night. He is happy and loves to chase my angelefish and sharks. He runs the tank, it is so cool.

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