Above: In this picture is a nice premium quality Freshwater Zebra Spiny Eel, swimming in one of our aquariums when one of our crew members took this picture.
Comments: These are Eels that we rarely see in the live fish stores or in the online stores that we visit.
Premium Eels like these are more hardy and more colorful than Eels from other sources.
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Origin: This Eel lived in Asia, where it was caught by skillful collectors and shipped to us. Now this Eel lives in aquariums all over the world.
Maximum Size: In aquariums, this Eel often grows to be about 18" long, but they live many years and continue to grow slowly for their entire lives.
Behaviors: They stay at the bottom of the tank, or hidden in caves or rocks. You'll mostly see them move around at night, when they search for food.
Compatibility: Some recommended tank mates include any community fish, or even cichlids, if they aren't too aggressive toward the Eel. Small fish may be eaten by the Eel, so be careful when selecting tankmates.
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Temperature: This Eel can live pretty well from about 70 to 80 degrees F., but they're probably most comfortable from about 75 to 78 degrees F.
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Feeding: Premium Fish Food Pellets. Click here to learn more about and shop online for premium fish foods.
Water Conditions: This Eel can tolerate a wide range of water conditions. Probably a pH of about 7 with moderate hardness is best.
Most water in the US seems to be OK, so it's probably best NOT to adjust the pH or the hardness of the water.
Here in our facilities the water is hard and the pH is usually about 7.8. We ship them in this water.
Aquarium Size: These guys can do well living in a 30-gallon aquarium, when they are young and small, but of course bigger is better.
Eventually they'll need to live in a much bigger aquarium.
Decor: These Eels do not need gravel, and a layer of gravel more than 1/4" thick will usually fill with bits of uneaten food that will contaminate the water.
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Live Plants are beautiful, improve the water quality. Click here for more about aquarium plants.
Aquarium Filter: Bio-Wheel Filters are highly recommended. A Penguin 200B Filter in an aquarium with 30-gallons is OK, when they're young.
Eventually this Eel species will need to live in a much bigger aquarium with as many Penguin 350B Filters as will fit across the back of the aquarium.
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The addition of Lava Rocks will keep nitrates in the ideal range. Click here to learn more about using Lava Rocks in aquariums.
Life Span: This Eel can live for a several years, maybe many years with excellent care, including excellent water and premium fish foods.
Gender: It is very hard to tell males from females. Presumably the females become plumper as they mature.
Breeding: There are no known successful attempts at breeding.
Popularity: These freshwater Eels are rather popular.
Names: This species name is Macrognathus zebrinus.
Variations: We do not know of any variations of this species.
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