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rachel - 2012-10-05
Hello I have two spiny eels. I just can't be sure what kind they are. They look alike. Neo has a yellowy tan stripe down his back and has dark brown sides with faint stripes, and a cream belly with stripes. Ellie also has a yellowy tan stripe down her back, but has kind of a crazy striped pattern down her sides, and has a cream belly with stripes. Ellie is bigger wich makes me wonder if Neo just hasn't grown in to his stripes yet, or if they are indeed two different types of spiny eels. They get along great except for feeding time, Ellie gets territorial. It would be great if someone could tell me what specific kind they are.I have had Neo for about a month and Ellie for half that. They live with a beta, cory cat, and two inch long channel catfish.

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Gron - 2010-07-01
What an eel!

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  • danger rat - 2010-07-29
    Where do you buy an electric eel?
  • marc gowler - 2011-12-23
    from me i have one about 15 inches willing to sell or swap for arowana my contact number is 07745066410 thanks
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kristina - 2012-09-22
I recently bought two very small black spotted eels for my 20 gal tank (sales person didnt say anything about them being intollerant of one another or that they would be needing a larger tank fairly quickly but then they were suppose to have been tire track eels). One (about 3 and a half inches) is flourishing, eating freeze dried tubifex worms and ocasionally sniffing out whatever flake the lace cat misses, active and even swims up to my hand whenever I'm near the tank. The smaller of the two ( about an inch smaller) however seeems to be failing, interested in the same foods but does not eat the way the larger eel does, seems listless and has darkened considerabley even though we have moved him temporarily into the 10 gal with the guppies and added a second side filter to keep amonia levels down. There are no obviouse signs of ich or bacterial infection, could the darkening be stress related?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-09-23
    I hope that littler guy starts doing better. Darkening in color can be stress related... tank parameters or tankmate intimidation. Sound like you've removed the intimidation factor. So the only thing you didn't mention was if he has plenty of hiding places and if there are floating plants or anything to dim the tank. They are nocturnal and eels can be shy in general. Hopefully the guppy tank will be more to his liking. (the guppies could become food?)
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Victoria - 2012-09-14
Our new black spotted eel is breathing very quickly. It looks like s/he is panting. Is that a sign of too little oxygen, too much food, anxiety, or something else?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-09-15
    Check your water levels. Increased amonia can cause that.
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rashela - 2012-08-07
Does anyone know of any where in perth I could buy some spiny faced eels plz

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  • Drobin - 2012-08-27
    You might want to try Petsmart. I just purchased two beautiful peacock eels 5 days ago and I am very impressed! They are simply wonderful to watch and very active.
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chris - 2011-10-07
Does anyone know where I can order one of these eels for my tank at home? Please help me out. I would love to have one

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  • KayWow - 2012-04-28
    Zetts fish farm and hatcheries has eels. I do not know what kind but you can contact them. Just go to their web site.
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mercedes - 2012-08-08
I'm in love with these .... now my only question legal in HI?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-09
    You would have to ask what is your Animal Control or Fish and Game
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Elissa - 2012-07-27
My half-banded spiny eel is the greatest pet ever! He used to eat brine shrimp out of my hand. Sometimes when I came home he would be there waiting for me. I've had him for 6 years.

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Nelis - 2012-07-11
Hi to you all. I wonder if you can help. I want to host two peacock eels in a 1000 liter tank. It's a chiclid setup, I want to use some piping to create Tunnels for them to hide, how thick do they become and what size pipe do you recommend. I have a 40mm pipe in mind.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-07-11
    Piping works great as long as it isnt a copper or any other metal.  The size will depend on the size of the eels.  Dont want it to big or too small.
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steph - 2012-04-04
I have a zig zag eel. in a 20 gal tank. I specifically asked for fish for a 20 gal tank and the guy said the eel would be fine - and uhm yeah. He never told me anything about it. So I thought ok. Treat it like any other fish. Well. Now since I've been looking it up should I take it back?.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-04-05
    If you do not like what it takes to keep them and don't plan on upgrading tanks. By all means, take it back and speak with a manager about retraining staff.
  • tiffany - 2012-06-13
    You could also exchange it, eels can grow up to 2 1/2 feet and a 20 gallon tank is really small! Look for angel fish, pictus catfish, or my fav. the red tail sharks. They are all beautiful fish but good luck in finding another fish :)
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