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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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stuart - 2011-07-18
I bought a Peacock Eel yesterday. Havn't seen him much except this morning. I saw him swimming around a bit but he was all over the place - on his side etc. Then he settled on the bottom and lay on his side. Don't know if he's eaten anything, the water is good, the other fish are healthy. Is this normal behaviour? Any ideas?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-18
    It's going to take him 2 - 3 days to acclimate to new enviornment, new things. Right now - just taking it all in.
  • stuart - 2011-07-18
    Thanks Cheryl. That's what I wanted to hear.
  • john - 2011-09-25
    Stuart, if you just bought him/her yesterday it's probably just adjusting, in a few days time it might act the same as it did at the pet store, if it acted this way at the pet store there is most likely nothing to worry about.
  • Kiel Cooper - 2011-10-24
    I have a spiny peacock eel and have had him for two months. I haven't seen him eat anything the whole time I've had him. Is that normal ...like a nocturnal appetite or something?
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-25
    They are nocturnal.
  • Alex Burleson - 2011-10-26
    Peacock eels are generally thought to be nocturnal. However, they can also be diurnal. You may wish to watch your eel for a few days, and make sure he is eating properly. If not, ask your petstore (or place of purchase) if you can replace him.
  • Shawn - 2012-02-22
    Be careful about him laying on his side. Does he have any white substance growing on him? If so he has a bacteria infection which is easy to get if the pet store had to many of them in their tanks.
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danie - 2012-01-08
I just purchased a peacock eel 2 days ago and I can't find him anywhere in the tank. I have lifted everything in the tank and hes no where to be found. Is it possable hes under the gravel in the tank? If so how long can he stay under there?

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  • Alex Burleson - 2012-01-09
    Peacock eels are known to bury themselves in the gravel. Additionally, they are known to hide in ornaments. Also, you should know that they are excellent climbers, and can survive out of water for an hour or so out of time. Eels need tight fitted aquariums, so that they cannot escape. He should turn up soon, hopefully! If you begin to smell a very distasteful smell, it could be a dead eel, if it escaped.
  • Carter_Yetmar - 2012-01-09
    Let you know the peacock eel gos along with the gouramis, sucker fish, tiger barb,yellow congo tetris or any tetris , and a glass catfish ,or glass fish and my peecock eel lives in a 20 gallon tank for 1 year.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-09
    Throughly check the filter and any anything around/behind the filters. For some reason these eels seem to get into the filters or hide behind them with great frequency.
  • Shawn - 2012-02-22
    When I first got mine, he stayed burried in the graval for 10 days. I thought he was gone or had been eatin and then all of a sudden he was there.
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