Animal Stories - Zig Zag Eel

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The Zig Zag Eel is a long time aquarium favorite, and it has been known for over 200 years!
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steph - 2012-04-04
I have a zig zag eel. in a 20 gal tank. I specifically asked for fish for a 20 gal tank and the guy said the eel would be fine - and uhm yeah. He never told me anything about it. So I thought ok. Treat it like any other fish. Well. Now since I've been looking it up should I take it back?.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-04-05
    If you do not like what it takes to keep them and don't plan on upgrading tanks. By all means, take it back and speak with a manager about retraining staff.
  • tiffany - 2012-06-13
    You could also exchange it, eels can grow up to 2 1/2 feet and a 20 gallon tank is really small! Look for angel fish, pictus catfish, or my fav. the red tail sharks. They are all beautiful fish but good luck in finding another fish :)
Russ - 2009-03-16
At first I was a bit freaked out about my spiny eel. But after a few weeks he grew on me. He is in a 49 gallon tank with Jelly Bean cichlids. He is very peaceful. I just love when he buries himself in the gravel and sticks only his head out. I've had him for about 2 years and he is about 8 inches long. Blood worms are his favorite food.

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.

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.
Meg - 2010-03-01
My eel is an escape artist! I have found it in the filter twice and once on the floor under the fish tank (mind you thats some drop..poor thing). He has eaten every baby fish since its arrival but it keeps to itself most of the time. Its about 6-7 inches now. Had it about a year!

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  • wilson - 2010-10-02
    Are all eels escape artists ....I just got something I have no clue what it is it's about 2 inches long and has a round mouth with like barbs looks like a eel but I'm clueless I don't want him to get out.
teslaq - 2009-03-06
I have 1 zigzag, 9 tiger barbs, and 2 jack dempseys. My zig zag eel is so chilled out. I feed it on blood worms and earthworm. Had it now for about 6 months and I love it. It's in a 30 gallon tank. It's about 6inchs long.

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  • risigan - 2010-09-17
    your tank is WAYYY too small for all those fish
alex - 2010-07-02
My friend has a zig zag eel and he/she seems to got what looks like little bites on half way down its body now it appears to be lying either on its side or upside down can anyone tell me whether it will be fatal or what we can do we have grown attached to it and would hate to lose it it has been fine for near a year please help ;

ZK - 2010-05-15
My Mom and I have a ZigZag Eel it is thriving, but sometimes we get worried, we need and like websites like this because it tells us how to care for our eel.

james - 2010-03-23
How long dose it take for eels to hit their max size ?
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Anonymous - 2009-06-29
I have a zig zag eel along with a White Tip shark (a kind of catfish), a pleco, and some mollies. The Zig Zag eel is a really good community fish and does not hurt my fish. The White tip shark is best friends with the eel (I think the shark thinks it is one of its own because it is a school fish, did not know that at the time) and hangs out with the eel. It is an easy pet, eats bloodworms, and looks plain cool. Its name is Ziggy.