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Kirsten - 2009-04-28
I have had a striped peacock eel for a few months now and absolutely love him, living in a 29 gallon with platys, tetras, and a loach. He disappeared one morning and thinking he had just buried himself under the gravel, I continued with my plan to clean my Whisper filter (you know - the external waterfall type filter) Taking it to the sink, I change out the filter bags and carbon and dumped the excess water down the drain to scrub the inside and too late, I watched my eel slide out of the filter - very much alive- and right into the garbage disposal. I was about to give him up for lost (i couldn't figure out how to open the pipes to try to save him in the u-part of the pipe), but before I did I shined the flashlight down the drain one last time and there he was sitting on the platform slithering around out of water and between the blades. After a 1/2 hour trying, I finally fished him out with a twisted up fish net and a spoon. I dumped him in a spare tub of aquarium water to "rinse" off the gunk he accumulated in the drain and quickly placed him back in the tank. 5 days later he is still alive and well, eating as usual and none the worse for wear - only a small scratch that is healing well. I never would have expected him to swim upstream/uphill AND out of the tank into my filter, not to mention surviving a 1/2 hour out of water and the stress of being chased around with implements to save his life. I thought for sure he was a goner, but he is hardier than I thought!

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  • Jeff - 2010-02-23
    Actually it has been recorded that many varieties of eel can in fact survive out of water fo periods of time and even travel over land; usually in order to travel to mating grounds when full grown.
  • Andrew - 2010-08-06
    This story is pretty amazing. Nice job on the rescue. I have two of these guys myself (similar tank setup), and they can be nefarious little buggers. All in all, great species of eel for any community setup in my opinion. I hope I never have to fish one out of a garbage disposal though:)
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Joy Hastings - 2011-03-29
Can you overfeed a Peacock Ell ? I was feeding Stretch (his name) one earth worm every two days and all my fish would eat at it, 2 sharks, 4 silver dollars, 7 cat fish, 2 dwarf frogs an 1 hugh snail. Now stretch is eating most of the worm and I am feeding him one every night, he waits for it at the same spot , he will play with it then hide with it and then eat it.
Is one a night to much for him? The worms are longer then he is, he is and beautiful and very friendly.
thanks for your help

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-03-30
    From what I have read, it is not possible to overfeed a Peacock Eel. Quite the contrary in they will eat a considerable amount of food. Warning here, small fish will also be food for the Peacock Eel and from what I understand they are not very discriminating. Enjoy.
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austin - 2011-03-28
I have a zig zag eel and it likes to bury himself in the rock. I feed him frozen blood worms. He was only $8.35 at nolans. I'v'e had him for about 2 months and it is about 6 inches. I think it will only get as big as the tank you put it in. So don't freak out when it says minimum 54 gallon tank.

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John Lee - 2011-03-14
I have a peacock eel and is the most adventurous creature in the world.
One of my favorite books the have the peacock eel is Tophero Son of smilodon is where I learned about the peacock eel.

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Sean - 2010-05-08
Why is my zig zag eel not eating? What is his food?

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  • ginger - 2011-02-20
    What are you feeding him or her? You should be feeding it blood worms or earth worms.
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Trish Young - 2011-01-24
I have a gold eel anyone know what breed it is?

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JJ - 2010-09-06
Hi I just purchased a peacock eel. Have had it about a week. I am catching it cleaning the fins off of my veil angelfish. And now I notice a sailfin molly fin shredded. It follows the angelfish around and peels the fin to the bone. Has anyone seen this?

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  • T - 2011-01-16
    Peacock eels are carnivorous they love to nip and chase at live fish. They are known to stalk smaller fish or ambush them after hiding in the gravel or sand. Put ghost shrimp in your tank it will help occupy his mind this does not mean he will stop it's in his nature to do so.
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ziad - 2011-01-07
I just got my track eel, but would it be ok if I feed it fishfood?
Are frozen bloodworms ok too?

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  • Anonymous - 2011-01-13
    I've had my fella for about 4 months now and he will only eat frozen bloodworm, so I guess it's ok as he is in good health.
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Amanda Frye - 2010-12-17
I just bought my peacock eel a day ago and I see it a lot... it seems to be like.. rubbing up against everything in the tank. I was wondering how many times a day that I should feed it? The store recommended frozen brine shrimp because it's easy for them to digest. So I bought that and I've been mixing it with warm water and taking the food to it with a turkey baster. I see him most when I have just gotten back from some place or when I just wake up. Any information or tips you could send my way would be greatly appreciated, I want my eel to have the best possible life with my other fish and I'm extremely attached to him so thanks in advance :)

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Michelle - 2010-11-06
We have a peacock eel. He has been in our tank for about 6 months. In the last few days he has been turning upside down and looks dead. When I try to fish him out he flips over and swims away only to turn belly up in a few minutes. This is my first tank and I am not very fish savvy. Any ideas would be nice. Also my water smells like a swamp and looks kind of greenish, but when I test it everything is within normal limits. I have taken samples to petsmart and they also say everything is fine.

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  • Angela - 2010-12-03
    Your tank could be going through new tank syndrome, or, a type of algae is making the water green. This will not clear up on its own. Your'e going to have to clean out your aquarium and everything in it and cycle your tank all over again unfortunately. This takes a month, so you're going to have to set up a new tank (cycle that one too. A tank that isn't cycled is dangerous for fish. The good bacteria hasn't established yet and without the bacteria, the ammonia and nitrates will build up and kill your fish). Your eel might have dropsy (I believe that's what it's called). It's an illness. Normal healthy fish don't flip upside down for no reason. There isn't really much you can do. But just cycle your tank over again. It'll fix your water problems.
  • Anonymous - 2010-12-17
    Hello my name is Shaun and I have been dealing with different fish for a few years. If your eel gets over stressed when putting him in a new tank they release an acid in their body that can cause a break down of brain cells causing a break down in communication between brain and body. Keep it swimming around rightside up and it should rebuild this body-brain communication.
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