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zack - 2011-02-10
Would a black spotted eel get along with south american cichlids? Would he eat feeder guppys?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-04
    Animal World wrote in the article on the black spotted eel "The Black Spotted Eels are carnivores. Feeding is not a problem because they will eat most fresh or frozen foods including small fish, worms, and shrimp. They may be trained to eat freeze dried brine shrimp or bloodworms but this is not something that can be counted on. They will also eat small fishes so make sure their tank mates are too large to be able to fit into their mouths".

    The eel will grow to be about 20 inches and cichlids start out fairly small and grow to 4 - 5 inches or so. Eels also can crush their prey - my concern is the size of the cichlids and the size of the eel as the eel is not good with small fish. I would think that means guppies or neons but the crushing part bothers me a little. I think why take the chance?
  • Spellbound - 2012-01-31
    How do I know mine is eating. I had it for over 3 weeks and it seems happy and active he loves to spim all over. And I put blood worms in about ever 3 days and they dissappear. But I never actually see him eat?
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Anonymous - 2012-01-20
hi, I was wondering how many could I keep in a 40 gallon tank tank that I would say is 2' wide,3-3.5' long and about 8-12" high with a lockable lid? tankmates would include 4 firemouth cichlids,3 senegal bichirs,7-8 mosquito fish, 4 feeder minnows, 4-6 striped darters, and a female betta (personaly I think they are prettier than the males but thats my opinion).

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-01-20
    Sounds like you have a pretty full tank already. Your fish are probably young right now, but they will grow. The minnows, mosquito fish, darters and betta will stay pretty small, but the other fish all get pretty big, with the firemouth's reaching about 6'. The Peacock will reach close to a foot in length, and the bichirs which also get that large, or more, and they inhabit the same part of the tank the eel does. So I would the space is pretty much filled up. You'll probably be looking for a bigger tank:)
  • Spellbound - 2012-01-31
    Is your tank light on? Mine swim at night in the dark alot.
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Samuel - 2011-07-08
I own a 120 Gallon freshwater tank, full of about 10 cichilds (3 South American, around 5-7 South African), two Balla Sharks, a Green Terror, a Black Ghost Knife Fish, and my tank has allot of small crevices for a Eels to live in. I was wondering what type of Eel can I put in my fish tank and which one would be best and safe?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-09
    Rule of thumb is your tank should have one gallon of water for each inch your fish are going to be when they are adults. You also have to subtract gallons for gravel, plants, decorations, filter etc. An example is the Black Ghost can go up to 20". So allowing for gravel, decorations, etc, I would recommend a 25 gallon tank. Your circhlids can go up to 6 - 8 inches so there is another 80 gallons. Then you have the tire track and they can go two feet. That doesn't even include your eels, green terror and sharks. I wouldn't add any more and I would recommend, to be on the safe side, you get another tank and split these fellas up a little. Sorry about that. Good news is you can justify another tank. Bad news is you should do some re-arranging.
  • Alex Burleson - 2012-01-01
    Depending on how aggressive your cichlids are, the best species for your aquarium would be:

    Zig-Zag-Eel
    Black Spotted Eel

    With these species, you'd need to purchase more larger, adult specimens, with the risk of your cichlids attacking them, if they were much smaller.

    Enjoy!
  • Joe - 2012-01-01
    One inch of fish per one gallon is not true and should never be used to calculate how many fish to put in your tank. Dont want to a argue. Just putting a Correction out there.

    Example: A 24" black pacu cant go in a 24 gallon tank. or a fifty. or barely wedge into a hundred. You have to account for Girth, temperament, skittishness, and a ton of other factors.
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Matt - 2011-12-11
Just got a peacock eel. i love it

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CP - 2011-12-06
I bought a peacock eel about a week ago. After two days swimming around the aquarium (20 gal.), it suddenly disappeared overnight. Frantic searching on the floor and in the filter did not find him. Four days passed and yesterday I heard the filter 'hiccup' a couple of times. I quickly fully dismantled the filter apparatus to find my guy stuck in the small compartment of the filter, head down....but still alive! I rescued him, hoping I didn't harm him, although it took a bit of manipulation to free him. He is sitting on the bottom of the aquarium now, interested in food, but not actively pursuing it. I hope he survives!! He's incredible!

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Rob - 2011-09-20
I've had my black spotted eel for nearly a year now and he has developed a small amount of bacteria on his tail. I clean the tank every other week to ensure a clean environment for him and he eats regularly. Any ideas on how to cure this? Thanks in advance.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-09-21
    Animal World article Fish Disease and Treatment lists various symptoms and the corresponding recommended treatment for all the symptoms. Try look it up and if you have any problems - just come on back and let me know. OK?
  • bill - 2011-11-27
    1st time try some salt (not your house salt) in your tank. You can find it at your fish supply store where you get your fish from. Then only use it when you change 50% of water in your tank. The more oxygen in the tank is the best way 4" round stone.
    I had that problem with a 12" spotted eel. It worked for me.
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brittaney vanzant - 2011-11-22
Does anyone know where I can buy an ocellated african eel?

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marylou - 2011-11-20
I just bought strip peacock eel for the looks. I'm learning as I go.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-21
    It is best to go slow and learn. Sounds like a good start.
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john - 2011-10-05
where can you get these and how do you care for them?

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john - 2011-09-25
Just out of curiosity, at a certain size would it be okay to feed them feeder minnows, if so what size?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2011-09-25
    If your peacock eel, Macrognathus siamensis, is a large enough adult, you may be able to feed it feeder minnows. Feeder minnows are kind of large for their mouths normally, and they usually do better with blood worms. You'll just have to try it and see if it eats them without much difficulty.
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