Animal Stories - Black Spotted Eel


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The Black Spotted Eel may not be brightly colored but it has a beautiful design!
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sana - 2010-11-04
Hi! Guys, Recently I purchased blick spt eel, but it's not eating anything, plzzz tell me, what I can do? I feed him some pallets, and blood worms but no response.

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  • Frank - 2011-08-01
    Try frozen bloodworms or brine shrimp. If he wont accept it you might have to try live ones. Good Luck.
  • jamie - 2011-08-24
    Hi there,
    I've had my black spotted eel for about a year now & he is doing well eating mostly live tubifex worms. You might want to give that a try.
  • kristina - 2012-09-22
    Find out what pet store was feeding. I have two small blk spt eels bought at the same time and one is flourishing (now after contacting the store) on the same freeze dried tubifex worms the pet store was feeding. saddly not the other but we are still trying to figure out why he seems to be failing
  • tc - 2012-10-11
    I used to have a dinosaur bichir, and I had the same problem, and I saw that it had really expressed nostrils so when was feeding it live food I would just injure it before i put it in there, sure enough about 15 seconds later he came out his cave and started looking for it with an eagerness in his movements. so i assume that a bichir is similar enough an to eel, maybe you could try that.
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kristina - 2012-09-22
I recently bought two very small black spotted eels for my 20 gal tank (sales person didnt say anything about them being intollerant of one another or that they would be needing a larger tank fairly quickly but then they were suppose to have been tire track eels). One (about 3 and a half inches) is flourishing, eating freeze dried tubifex worms and ocasionally sniffing out whatever flake the lace cat misses, active and even swims up to my hand whenever I'm near the tank. The smaller of the two ( about an inch smaller) however seeems to be failing, interested in the same foods but does not eat the way the larger eel does, seems listless and has darkened considerabley even though we have moved him temporarily into the 10 gal with the guppies and added a second side filter to keep amonia levels down. There are no obviouse signs of ich or bacterial infection, could the darkening be stress related?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-09-23
    I hope that littler guy starts doing better. Darkening in color can be stress related... tank parameters or tankmate intimidation. Sound like you've removed the intimidation factor. So the only thing you didn't mention was if he has plenty of hiding places and if there are floating plants or anything to dim the tank. They are nocturnal and eels can be shy in general. Hopefully the guppy tank will be more to his liking. (the guppies could become food?)
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Victoria - 2012-09-14
Our new black spotted eel is breathing very quickly. It looks like s/he is panting. Is that a sign of too little oxygen, too much food, anxiety, or something else?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-09-15
    Check your water levels. Increased amonia can cause that.
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mercedes - 2012-08-08
I'm in love with these .... now my only question legal in HI?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-09
    You would have to ask what is your Animal Control or Fish and Game
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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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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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Amy Lark-Rakow - 2011-08-30
These fish definately get larger then 12 inches. I have 2... the smaller one is just under 12 inches while the other is nearing 16 inches and both are less then 1yr old... Very similar care/personalities to M. Armatus ( Tire track )

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Todd Monaghan - 2011-07-08
How fast do the black spotted eel, and how big are they as babies or when ready to sell?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-09
    I am not real sure I understand the question. They are very small when they are babies - but I don't think that is what you meant. It is said they have not bred in captivity. When they are imported, they are about 20 inches.
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Greg - 2010-04-07
I own a black spotted eel that is over 18 1/2 inches long. He doesn't feed on live bait. He likes freeze dried shrimp and only one brand. He lives in a castle and that is where he stays. I have a picture of him at about 17 inches long. I would love to show everybody what he looks like. He is a beautiful creature.

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  • alicia - 2010-11-24
    What size tank should a spotted eel live in? I am new to having pet eels we are buying it for our sister and know nothing about what they need and how to set up their aquarium.
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spector - 2010-07-06
This eel is amazing. Nice temperment and very communal as long as he is properly fed. I feed mine a combo of frozen brine shrimp and blood worms. I currently have him in with a painted turtle an emperor shark, Mayan catfish, and a common pleco and everyone seems to get along. Just keep the eel with big fish, bigger than his mouth and make sure they are somewhat aggressive

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