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The Peacock Spiny Eel with its six attractive 'eyespots' is a very handsome freshwater eel!
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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.
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.
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.
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...
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!
For some odd reason my peacock eel named stripes just does not eat. If you have any suggestions please let me know.
My peacock eel, for some reason, doesn't understand what sleeping is. He's active all day, swiming around the tank with some african chiclids and another peacock eel, all they do all day is swim! Then I get up during the night, turn the tank light on, guess who's speeding around the tank annoying the hell outta my chiclids? Well, they're really great pets, they hand feed like right off the bat and you can put them in a tank with pretty much anything. Columbian sharks and africian chiclids make good tank mates.
I have two peacock eels. One stays burrowed in the sand/gravel beneath some rocks, but the other swims around alot. "She" is named Derva and her tankmate is Doug. "He" just waits for the bloodworms to settle, then he grabs a bite. I only see him if I do a water exchange, or replant what he dislodges burrowing. He has grown @an inch in the 2mos. here, so he is eating well, despite the fact that he doesn't swim about,and "dance" like his tankmate.
I just got a peacock eel (at least I think). It is either that or a zigzag eel. Everytime I look for it, it is always so hidden in my rocks or plants I couldn't find it. An hour ago I thought it was dead because I couldn't find it. I just decided like five minutes ago that I'm going to hand feed it.
I've had a peacock eel for about 1 week now, no troubles at all. Mr.wiggles hasn't jumped out or hurt himself. He loves when I hand him live black worms and he will take frozen bloodworms ocssionally, also freeze dried tubifex worms. People who want this fish shouldn't keep it with robust tank mates and should have a rather large tank, maybe 20 gallons or more. These eels are very entertaining and will take food from your hand. It only took me 2 days for him to get used to hand feeding. You must have your heater on always, they like warm water. One more important thing, they like to jump so keep your tank covered, but Mr.wiggles has not wanted to jump yet.