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The Peacock Spiny Eel with its six attractive 'eyespots' is a very handsome freshwater eel!
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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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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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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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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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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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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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