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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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Dani - 2008-01-20
Thank you for the info. I decided on a whim to buy an eel when I was picking up new fush for the tank and I haven't seen him since! He likes to hide and, boy is he good at it! It was nice to come online and find out that he's just doing what he's supposed to do! Thanks for all the info!

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Anonymous - 2008-01-13
You need to separate the eels and goldfish immediately. Goldfish and tropical fish (eels) should never live in the same tank
because of the ammonia the goldfish let off that will kill the eels. I hope this helps for future reference.

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Josh - 2007-12-21
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As the first result on Google, and with my experienced aquarium owner roommate's approval, I have to really appreciate you guys for the wealth of info. I just picked up two of these guys and am really glad that I now know even more about them.

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The larger of the two was in the tank for about thirty seconds before burrowing. They seem to get along well and are a joy to observe. If you like serpent-y things, these guys are great.

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aimee - 2007-11-20
I just bought one. The kids love it! I bought it at wal-mart. I figured for $3.50 I couldn't go wrong. The first eel the man caught jumped out of the bowl at walmart and swiggled down the drain... Poor thing! The guy couldn't tell me what to feed it so I am glad I found your website. He has been in the tank for about a week and seems happy. We have lots of plants, shells and logs so he has a lot of hiding spaces. But, I am guessing he is getting hungry so I will get him some more appropiate food today. Thanks!

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kevin roque - 2007-10-11
I just bought a peacock Eel and it won't eat. I picked two but the other one died. All mine does is swim up and down and side to side. I've had fish since i was small and know a lot, but this one is tricky.

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BRITTANY - 2007-10-06
I just got 2 and they love the 54 gallon tank they are in. They've been eating and swimming around peacefully. I'm glad they are happy!

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jake drain - 2007-10-01
I have named mine Coolige, he is my favorite and is so fun to watch. He shares a 55 gallon tank with many other fish. He is best friends with my loach clinton. See ya

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Dunavin,Melissa - 2007-09-29
I just bought a Peacock Eel from Wal-mart, when I purchased him they told me that they are non-aggresive. I guess now I know why I have had two of my Fancy tails pass. He doesn't hide alot, but he isn't very active either. My sons fell in love when I came home with him.

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Jessica Carrillo - 2007-09-09
I have 10 peacock eels. I've had 6 for about 5 days and 4 for about 2 days. I see them all day long, whether it's hanging out of plants or on the bottom. I have a bare bottom tank but have put pvc pipe (glued together with a rock in the middle to keep from floating) and some stay in there. But I never see them eat. Mine are with goldfish who ignore them, but I'm sure eat the food before they get a chance.

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