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sanket dixit - 2012-04-13
I want to ask u is peacock eel compatible with goldfish pls i need answer in hurry cause i have kept it also is peacock eel compatible with apple snail

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-04-13
    Both should be fine as long as it is to big to fit in the eels mouth.
  • sanket dixit - 2012-04-15
    thanks for telling me
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-04-15
    No problem. Hope all works out.
  • Anonymous - 2012-04-24
    You are good to go, I have three goldfish in with an eel and they are all perfectly content. Goldfish are slow moving fish, so this should allow your eel to feel very comfortable and will come out more.
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christian - 2012-04-19
Can the bala shark, spiny eel and a angel fish get a long?
Also what food should I feed them?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-19
    The bala shark is going to get around 16 inches and probably see your angel fish as food. I wouldn't risk it.
  • christian - 2012-04-20
    Well I may not keep the bala when he gets to big. Giving him to my aunt. She has bigger tanks (not that there's not room 75gal tank)
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Russ - 2009-03-16
At first I was a bit freaked out about my spiny eel. But after a few weeks he grew on me. He is in a 49 gallon tank with Jelly Bean cichlids. He is very peaceful. I just love when he buries himself in the gravel and sticks only his head out. I've had him for about 2 years and he is about 8 inches long. Blood worms are his favorite food.

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Kate - 2012-03-31
My daughter bought a peacock eel about 2 weeks ago and I was told they will eat flake food like the other fish in the tank but I have not seen him eat yet. We feed the other fish during the day, but he hides until night time when the light goes out. Should I wait and feed him at night and should I get him some other kind of food other then flake food? We have him in with a catfish, plecostomus and 3 tiger barbs.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-31
    Live brine shrimp, blood worms, mosquito larvae and cyclops are what they normally eat. They usually search for food at night. I think it would be hard to get them to eat flake and they wouldnt get the needed nutrition. Fun eel and can be easily hand fed.
  • Kate - 2012-04-07
    Thank you for the advice. Can you buy all that at the pet store? I have some freeze dried blood worms but I still haven't seen it eat. It is out a lot more and I always try to put a little pinch of blood worms in, but he/she never eats it, only the other fish. Am concerned for the little thing.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-04-07
    You can get it all at pet store. Try feeding it with tongs too.
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Shawn Handley Jr. - 2012-04-04
Could I put one of these in a 40 gallon breeder. I already have in it one red hook, one green terror, one rocket gar, one gold severum, one 9 inch pleco, 2 peacock eels, and 5 cory cats(1 albino, 3 juli, 1 spotted).

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-04-05
    It all really depends on the current sive of your fish and how much space you are taking up with gravel and decor. I would think you would need a bigger tank to comfortably add this eel.
  • Shawn Handley Jr. - 2012-04-05
    All of the fish except for the pleco are under 5 inches.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-04-06
    you should be good now. But they are all going to grow.
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David - 2011-10-10
What size tank does an electric eel need?

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  • Sorb catfish - 2011-11-05
    It needs a 4000 gallon tank because it grows 8 feet+ and will kill almost all tank mates not a good beginners fish
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JT - 2010-04-19
A 55 gallon would not be suitable housing for this fish. A standard 180 gallon is the absolute minimum, though some argue that a 300+ gallon tank is required. Also, why is there a picture of a zigzag eel (of the genus Macrognathus) in this article that is supposed to be about tire track eels (of the genus Mastacembelus)?

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  • Drafina - 2010-10-02
    Doesen't depend on the Tire Track eel, I mean some don't get to be huge.
  • JT - 2010-11-14
    Drafina: No, it doesn't. Every specimen will reach about 30" in length if given proper care. If it stops growing before it gets to 30", that is a sign that it is likely unhealthy, which is usually due to the presence of high nitrate levels in the water (which is a side effect of not providing an adequate volume of water).
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Jen - 2010-04-14
We have a couple of striped peacock eels. We also have a dinosaur bichir. Every now and then one of the eels will poke the bichir in the stomach with the tip of its nose and follow it around that way for a few minutes, keeping pace. It looks very funny, but I don't know why it's doing that. Other times, the two eels will chase each other, looping around in circles rapidly, or doing the same thing that they do with the bichir. Anybody else experience this? Do you know what's happening? Are they playing or is it some kind of strange aggression? Because they're peaceful, right? And they leave other fish alone? Sometimes I think they want to put the bichir in its place, like they don't approve of him trying to dominate the tank or something.

I also want to say that feeding the eels with a turkey baster works for me, too, as someone mentioned in another post. They like worms a lot.

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  • dean - 2010-04-25
    They're probably mating I haven't seen my eel in 3 months I know he's under the rocks but I was looking up info and someone described what you had just said as mating so get ready for some babies.
  • sean - 2010-07-17
    The moving rapidly in circles happens because they are mating I have had this happen with mine too but the poking is probably just for fun.
  • tariqlagri@yahoo.com - 2011-10-16
    I need info about dinosaurs can you send me pictures?
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anonymous - 2011-03-09
When I was living in san jose in a pet store I saw some very strange fish they were black with a dark brown/dark dusty gray undertone they had no scales they were very smooth and slick-looking they looked almost like seahorses with no bumps that had been uncurled and stretched except they looked slimy like eels they had a long fin running down their back and seahorse snouts they were swimming through the pipes between the tanks but one of them stopped, lifted its head out of the water, and looked at me. I was a little ways behind it so it literally lifted its head and some of its neck out of the water, twisted its neck like a human would, and looked at me and its eyes looked way too intelligent to be a fish's eyes and they didn't seem to care if the water was warm or cold because they went between a tropical tank and a goldfish tank if someone knows what these are please leave an answering comment.

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Josh - 2010-08-29
This is great information! I'm trying to special order a purple spaghetti eel now, but they're really hard to find!
There is a mistake in the acceptable water conditions section. It is not mentioned that these are brackish fish. But that's all! Thanks for the information!

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  • Brian - 2010-11-07
    I had a spaghetti eel for 3 years in a plain freshwater tank and it only died when I had people taking care of it for me while I was gone for 2 weeks. I also had a couple eels that were like a tenth of the size that were adorable but I don't know if they were the same kind or a different species.
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