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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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Alison - 2012-06-06
I have just bought 3 fab eels! They are so much fun to watch!

I'm struggling to find out how often they should be fed and how much?

I have 3 peacock spiny eels, one about 6 inches the other 2 slightly smaller.

I have been feeding them once at night, 2 frozen mini bloodworm cubes, i will be buying some earthworms soon. I have tried them on brine shrimp and they werent impressed!

Is that amount ok for them, or should i feed more? or less? Help!

Alison

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-06-06
    That should be fine as long as you are seeing them eat.
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Tony - 2012-04-18
So I purchased a peacock eel, and after reading some posts, mine is nothing like any of the others. He/she does not bury himself/herself in the rocks, and I have not seen it eat anything either. Any ideas??????

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-04-18
    What foods are you using and what time of day?
  • Anonymous - 2012-04-18
    I feed it freeze dried bloodworms once in the morning. Also it is all over the tank like it is looking for something. It is very active all the time. Just now I found it 'playing' in the bubbles. Is this wierd???
  • Anonymous - 2012-04-24
    Try feeding it frozen blood worms, I know it sounds weird since it won't eat the freeze dried ones. But I have peacock eels in both my tanks and neither one likes the freeze dried ones but will eat the frozen ones. Take a cube of frozen blood worms and used some warm water to break them apart and then put some in the tank. That is my best advice.
  • Anonymous - 2012-04-24
    No, it's not weird that your eel plays in the bubbles. I'm not sure what joy they get out of doing it, but mine does that all the time.
  • Anonymous - 2012-05-14
    My eel loves blackworms and when we can't get blackworms we dig some worms in the garden and put them through a wet roll oat mixture for a day .
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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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