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sian ellis - 2012-04-07
Hi there

My daughter bought a zig zag eel two days ago at the market - It is for my youngest sons community aquarium. I've just looked it up and seen that it needs these blood worms (not available in zimbabwe!) or earthworms, which I can get (the ones we use to fish with?) Should I just rinse them off then feed it? I see that its best to feed them at dusk - please confirm. Any advice would be greatly appreciated as I'm just used to my ordinary community tank fish - flake food with occasional daphnia. A thought - could i feed it flying ants (easily available in the rainy season here) or some minced beef? Let me know and thanks for the informative forum very interesting. Sian in Harare, Zim

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  • Anonymous - 2012-11-12
    Ummm, I have read that you can feed them earth worms but I would cut them in half depending on the eel's size. I think it would be safe to wash them off first though
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-11-12
    Always clean anything foreign being placed in the tank.  I have feed my tank ants in the past.  Not sure they would be large enough and actually sink to get to the eels.  Beef of any kind is bad.  Fish do not have the ability to properly digest red meat.
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BioMajorNeedsHelp - 2010-10-16
Can anyone point me to scientific data charts on the electric eel? Such as an electrical discharge graph, or correlation of murkiness to electric fields, etc?

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  • Sami Kosonen - 2010-10-19
    I wonder if anyone has tried using electric eels for electricity storage. For example, few hundred electric eels attached to a tank and aggregates to charge batteries. It may be inhuman but certainly bio friendly and alternate way to generate electricity. On the funny side, has someone experimented with multiple eels in a tank? do they attack each other :)
  • Fish farmer Ed - 2012-09-29
    This may be a bit late. If you want to look into electrical charge in water data why dont you look at electrofishing related research. I know the UK enviroment agency has done a few.
  • bob - 2012-11-05
    I have only seen this once before, but I found some person on the internet who took a generator and hooked up to the aquairium. When the eel shocked it's live prey the excess electricity was stored in the generator, and powered the filter, lights, and the other equipment in the aquairium.
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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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