Animal Stories - Peacock Eel

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The Peacock Spiny Eel with its six attractive 'eyespots' is a very handsome freshwater eel!
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KR - 2010-03-11
Got a new peacock eel recently. Typical behavior hides during the day and comes out at night. Very heatly and plump. However I found out recently that I have to go out of town for two weeks meaning she will be by herself for two weeks potentially. The employee at the pet store who is quite a spiny eel fan said she would be okay as long as I put about 1/2 Oz of live blood worms in the tank. Which was her current diet when I bought her. I am wondering if I would be wrong to take his advice and leave her for two weeks. What do you think?

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  • Dave B - 2010-03-15
    The eel should be okay for that amount of time. You can also buy one of the pyramid vacation feeders that can reduce the amount of time he goes without food. As you can see from other comments, they often go for a week or two without feeding
zack - 2010-03-08
I got a female eel yesterday. Two neon tetras dissappeared the same night. Is this possible? She is 5 inches or so... ANY HELP WOULD BE DEEPLY APPRECIATED!

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  • Tom - 2010-03-22
    A 5 inch eel could easily eat a neon tetra. That is what is happening.
Taelor - 2009-05-11
My boyfriend and I just recently got a 55 gallon tank for our tiger oscars, and silver-tipped sharks, and our pleco. We went to petsmart to possibly get a catfish that would be compatible with our oscars, and that's when we found the Peacock Eel. So far we really enjoy him. We did just get him today so we haven't fed him yet. But I am a little worried about the space behind our tank. We have a lid on it, but I have read several stories about them getting out. Does anyone have any ideas to reassure us he won't get out? But so far so good. =]

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  • Anonymous - 2010-02-20
    I rolled up gallon size freezer baggies and placed them under the air and heater tubes/wiring to cover the openings in the back of the tank top. The tubing holds the plastic in place as it stretches from end to end of the openings. I have not lost my frog or peacock eel.
  • Ally - 2010-05-14
    What I did was go to the local shop and buy a sponge and cut it into the shape of the gap and shove it in it works for me.
zack - 2009-03-25
I had a peacock eel before that was doing okay until one day I noticed that he/she was missing! So about a mounth later I finally got my mom to check around the tank. We found him in a hole under a rock! I WAS SO HAPPY! The next morning he was gone again. We checked the tank one more time, no eel. I gave up and asked my mom if I could get another. She said yes. I got a 7in. striped peacock eel. He is doing very well in our 75 gallon tank. He loves to hide in a plant that I bought just for him. It has been about 17 days or so since we fist checked the tank and found him. I still have not seen my first eel. but I'm happy with my new eel. He is very active at night. p.s. if your eel is hiding under the rocks and if he/she has not been in your tank for that long, put a good plant in there if you want to see him more often.

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  • Austin - 2010-02-17
    "he might have jumped out of the tank, eels of all kinds like to explore and jump. even pushing up lids(if they are light enough) to get out. so i suggest covering any holes, even around the filter, to prevent this one from escaping.
Scott - 2009-10-06
I have had my peacock for 3-4 months now and though they are peaceful in general, do be careful of tankmates. They are a predator and mine ate 10 neons in one night! It also killed a fancy guppy and a cardinal. Mine eats ghost shrimp, small feeders, black worms and angle worms. It doesn't hide ever and I have it in fine sand for substrate. I have mollies, neons, cardinals, dwarf gouramis, fancy guppies, german rams, and a gold nugget pleco for tankmates.

theodore - 2009-07-15
Yes, I have had my eel now for about three months. At first I couldn't get him to eat till one day I went outside after a rain found a common worm and put it in the tank, so now that is all it wants is earth warms. If it is what it will eat I won't argue. When he is hungry he comes out and swims around till I see him. Being my computer is by the tank it doesn't take long. I drop a worm in, it eats, then about an hour later he wants another. Then I feed once more till night. He is happy and loves to chase my angelefish and sharks. He runs the tank, it is so cool.

Emmy - 2009-04-17
I have a 29 gal tank that is home to my peacock eel, 5 tiger barbs, and three rainbow sharks, all of which are fairly agressive fish. My Tiger barbs knocked off one of their runty buddies and so now I only have 4 tigers. I feed the tigers and sharks before I feed the eel, but no matter how much u feed them they're still hungry. So when I go to feed my eel they usually steal his food because he generally sleeps under the rocks or in his tube or castle. They also like to bully him while he is sleeping and pick at him or push him out from under the rocks to pick on him. I have had him for about 6 mo. and he's about 12 in. long and very beautiful but seeing as the other fish have been bullying him idk how much longer he'll last. I have had the other 7 fish for about 3 months now and it's not getting better...

i think the only reason hes still holdin on is cuz i bought 3 otocincli to help with the tank cleaning and they have magicly disappeared. Haha stupid move on my part.

Did i pick out fish that are too agressive to be with my poor peacock eel? and if i did what would be some fish that would do well with my peacock.
i am also aquiring a 75 gal. later this month so any size fish suggestions would be much abliged.

Thank you,

Troy - 2009-03-24
Great pet, I had my first escape through a tiny gap within 2 days so I bought 2 more. After sealing my lid they are now both happy and extremely active. They absolutely love pvc pipe, I put 2 in there but they share one most of the time. I have been feeding them live blackworms and frozen bloodworms but I will try brine shrimp very soon. Their tankmates are 2 peacock cichlids and a snail(vacuum cleaner), great combination as my eels are not shy and all play together...

Tina H. - 2008-12-21
I have had good luck with feeding brine shrimp while the light is off. In fact, I never use a light in his tank. I also have a dragon eel, and two knife fish in the same tank. They are doing well this way.
I had these before but they died because I was feeding them all wrong. Good luck!

nick - 2008-12-09
For some odd reason my peacock eel named stripes just does not eat. If you have any suggestions please let me know.