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carol - 2008-08-26
Hi I have what i believe is a spotted eel, and i love it. I ne ver knew such thing exists until a friend told me. However, i want to know how to stock live shrimps and to breed them ... any advise on what is required to breed river/ghost shrimps?

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Amy - 2008-08-19
I have two peacock eels. One stays burrowed in the sand/gravel beneath some rocks, but the other swims around alot. "She" is named Derva and her tankmate is Doug. "He" just waits for the bloodworms to settle, then he grabs a bite. I only see him if I do a water exchange, or replant what he dislodges burrowing. He has grown @an inch in the 2mos. here, so he is eating well, despite the fact that he doesn't swim about,and "dance" like his tankmate.

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eric - 2008-08-01
My tire track is 7in. and is my most social and is my favorite fish. He ate blood worms from my hand the second day I had him. I have him in a 55 gal., when he gets too big I'll sell him for big bucks at my local fish store.

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Anonymous - 2008-07-14
I have one zigzag eel, it is EXTREMELY aggresive. It has already eaten three of those little sucker thingies since last January. I have it in a 30 gallon tank right now but I have to upgrade soon. It is only about 6 inchs but it's so aggresive that I have to move it into a bigger tank because I have seen it attacking my goldfish once or twice.

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drew - 2008-03-20
I just got a peacock eel (at least I think). It is either that or a zigzag eel. Everytime I look for it, it is always so hidden in my rocks or plants I couldn't find it. An hour ago I thought it was dead because I couldn't find it. I just decided like five minutes ago that I'm going to hand feed it.

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Luke - 2008-03-01
I've had a peacock eel for about 1 week now, no troubles at all. Mr.wiggles hasn't jumped out or hurt himself. He loves when I hand him live black worms and he will take frozen bloodworms ocssionally, also freeze dried tubifex worms. People who want this fish shouldn't keep it with robust tank mates and should have a rather large tank, maybe 20 gallons or more. These eels are very entertaining and will take food from your hand. It only took me 2 days for him to get used to hand feeding. You must have your heater on always, they like warm water. One more important thing, they like to jump so keep your tank covered, but Mr.wiggles has not wanted to jump yet.

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Dan - 2008-02-13
I got one, but it doesn't eat...

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Marc B. - 2008-02-03
I've just ended up with one of these by accident. All I was after was the plant that he was hiding in, well he'd managed to wedge himself in REALLY well to the plant. When I got home and was setting the plant I must have loosened it enough for him to want to move. I'm moderately disappointed that I have him now, my tank is FAR too small for this one and the size I believe he's going to end up.
So now I've got to figure out what to do with him, I figure I'll give the local aquarium store a ring and see if they will take him. I know this one can live comfortably in my tank for a time, but I'd really rather he go somewhere he can do well.
The tank he was mistakenly introduced to is a 10 gal planted I use for a small community tank. Currently it has 5 cherry barbs and 2 dwarf gouramis. No problems thus far, but I am worried. I'm going to give him a month or so to recover from being at walmart before I find him a new home.

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Spence - 2008-01-31
My last Eel jumped out of the tank and died after only a few months. He was a very happy Eel, I Fed him freeze dried blood worms. That was about ten years ago. I bought a new Peacock Eel a few days ago. I made sure he couldn't jump out this time, they are definitely escape artists. I am not sure if he is eating but he looks fine. I guess I will have to wait and see. I do however recommend blood Worms.

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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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