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Anonymous - 2013-01-25
I put it in a 5000 gallon tank it grew to 59.

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Anonymous - 2013-01-25
It's 45 inches it ate my tiger fish.

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Katy - 2007-07-03
I bought one from Wal-Mart and it is getting a Sailor's Funeral today. I've never seen him eat anything and wonder if the other fish in the tank ate all the freeze dried blood worms I would put in the tank for him. It is sad the only time I've seen him out of the caves is when he is sick. Let's just hope I can replace him before my 5 year old notices. He really loves Josh the eel!

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anonymous - 2012-12-07
I bought 2 Zig zags and introduced them to the tank along with: neon tetras(5 new 3 were some of the 1st i got), ghost shrimp, angle fish, ruby barbs(some of the 1st fish i had) and a snail i know they might eat the G-shrimp but anything else i should watch out for? (eels attacking/eating anyone else)

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-12-08
    Normal best to only have one zigzag depending on the size of tank.  Your biggest problem may be them being territorial towards each other.   Make sure to have enough hiding areas so each can have their own space. As far as the other fish, these eels are normally peaceful but will sometimes grab a fish small enough to fit in their mouth.The ghost shrimp will most likely be eaten as they spend time on the bottom.  The others are really to fast moving and tend to stay out of the eels territory anyways.

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Adjai - 2013-01-02
I purchased a Yellow tail Tire Track eel two months ago. It was approx. 4 inches and very thin. I was told this eel only grow to 7 inches. Well... Jaba is a hefty 3/4 of an inch thick, wide whatever and 7 inches now, so I'm not sure where this is going. I'm confused. I purchased because it was advertised to grow only 7 inches. Is there a tire track species that only grow to only 7 or 8 inches?

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michelle - 2012-12-24
so i have had my peacock eel for about 6 mo now and i think he is sick....he doesnt bry himself anymore and looks dead but is alive. He stays kinda bent and upside down. He will move some but mainly only when the other fish bump into him. Have not seen him eat ever...pets mart said they would eat flake food. But now im finding out not really...i just trued earth worms but he didnt even budge for it and then other fish ate it. Is there anything i can do for the poor little guy?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-12-24
    First thing I would do is check your water conditions.  Make sure thay have adequate hiding spaces.  These eels eat mainly at night and flake is not their food of choice.  Try some ghost shrimp.  Put a lot in the tank to get its instints going to hunt.
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big T - 2012-12-20
I've been away for some time letting my friend feed my fish. When I got home today I've found my spiny eel's eyes have a white crust over them? Can anyone tell me what I need to save his eyes?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-12-20
    This usually happens from water condition. May be friend over fed?  Test water right away.  Lots of products on the market to help cure.
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Benjamin Aunger - 2012-12-04
Could I keep this with red tail barracuda or needle nose gar?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-12-04
    They stay near the top of the tank so it should be fine.
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Anonymous - 2012-10-09
My zig zag has been in a new tank for 3 weeks. The tank has devoloped brown alge and I came home tonight to find him dying. He is covered in a light fuzz and has what look like red discolouring on half his body. He is still alive(just) but limp. What could have happened?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-10-10
    Tank changes are tough on any fish.  Was the tank cycled? Try doing a really good cleaning.  Maybe even set up a medicated hospital tank.
  • Anonymous - 2012-10-10
    He died last night not long after my question Jeremy. My young son is heartbroken. My new tank has been up for over 3 weeks and he had been in there for around 15 days. He was fine until yesterday as the day before he had eaten blood worms. The tank is cycled and I cleaned the glass, plants and hoovered the gravel and changed about 10 % water last night. The brown alge is still covering everthing. I have 10 other fish in there and they seem fine. Any ideas what I can do. Thanks
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-10-10
    Sorry to hear that you lost the fish.  Usually caused by Inadequate lighting , low oxygen, or excess silicates and  nitrates, all common on a tank of this age.  All will clear its self out as tank ages.  Adding a pleco will help.  Add more lighting and some air stones.  Probably new tank conditions rather then algae. eels can be sensitive.  The tank will be fine as it cycles more as it sounds like you are doing the right things!

     


  • Anonymous - 2012-10-12
    Jeremy My sucker fish died yesterday as well. Its awful and dread getting up to look in the mornings. All fish are well today but I cleaned the tank again as the alge is still there. I hope I get the hang of this soon as its bloody upsetting. Thanks
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brad - 2009-06-14
WELL MY PEACOCK STRIPED EEL is startin to turn the peacock eel color in jus 2 up an down stripes so wuts up wit dat?

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  • Jessica - 2010-05-07
    I just got a peacock eel and so far he/she doesn't seem to be stressing at all. In fact he/she is swimming all around the tank (right now it just the "hospital tank" which is 10 gals). Gave me a scare though. First think he/she did was manage to wiggle out of the net (Definitely an escape artist) I'm glad I had one of those drain catchers in (To keep things that shouldn't from going down the drain.) Every where I read you want to feed them live foods. I know I can get earthworms and cricket (from my own backyard if I have to) and even baby guppies but everything else . . . might be a little hard to come by. Maybe a few tips.
  • jordan - 2010-05-26
    Can peacock eels live with tiger barbs because I was gonna get one and I already have a 10 gallon tank? Please reply.
  • Eryn - 2012-10-29
    Jordan, please do not put a peacock eel in a 10 gallon tank. It is nowhere near big enough. They need a 30 gallon minimum. While they may be small at the store, they grow quick.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-10-30
    I have success feeding these dried krill using tongs.
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