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post #1 of 18 Old 01-22-2009, 11:24 AM Thread Starter
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Peacock Eel doesnt burrow

I bought a peacock eel about 2 weeks ago. At the Petsmart (yes boo, hiss, whatever, they've got nice tanks at this one) the eels were all burrowed into the gravel. For the two weeks he was in quarantine he stayed in the fake cave, now that he's in my 55 gal he swims all over the place, looks like he's trying to get out of the glass? There are lots of rocks and caves for him to hide in, including the cave from the quarantine tank but he is 60-70% of the time swimming around. I have a sand substrate but Ive never seen him burrow into it. Is he insecure? I will be planting alot soon, just got my lighting up and running, but I would have thought he would be burrowed more often than not. Think he's ok?

Other tank inhabitants:
1 9" pleco
4 2 1/2" blue paradise gouramies
5 zebra danio
2 fancy guppies
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post #2 of 18 Old 01-22-2009, 11:49 AM
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I think he is fine. Mine spend alot of time swimming around. They also like hanging out in their pvc pipe. He will probably burrow when he is done checking everything out and realizes there is no way out. Make sure all the holes are sealed and cover the filter with netting if its still small enough to go inside. They will try to escape. As for planting your tank, it may be a wasted effort with the eel. I only have fake plant in my tank but they are always getting uprooted. Have you got your eel to eat yet? I also bought mine at Petsmart. I read of people feeding them bloodworms and shrimp but mine will nothing but blackworms. They even had to go three weeks without blackworm do to a mix up on my order and still would not eat anything else.

I see you have guppies and danios. The eel may get large enough to eat them. The adult fish may be ok, the fry will be food for sure!

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post #3 of 18 Old 01-22-2009, 12:46 PM
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my eel has spurts of hiding and spurts of hanging out. When we first got him, he stayed out and about ALL the time. Then one day, he was gone, just disappeared for 3 or more months. We knew he was still around cuz all the plants were uprooted. He came out one day, a bit bigger, much to our surprise. He stayed out for a solid month or two, and has been back in hiding for a while.

good luck with your little guy!
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post #4 of 18 Old 01-22-2009, 02:10 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys!
Twistersmom - The danios seem to be slowly dying off anyway, about 1 every 3-4 weeks, not sure why, all tank stats seem great. Im not sure if he's eaten yet or not, there were blood worms on the bottom of the Q tank one night, then gone the next so I assume it was him and that they didnt just vanish but I do worry a bit about his eating habits, he doesnt seem to eat very often. I hope he doesnt uproot everything, I may have to plant them in pots otherwise :S
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post #5 of 18 Old 01-23-2009, 12:40 AM
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My two peacock eels burrowed the moment they got into their tank. For the first month, I'd see their beaks protruding from the substrate. Now, I couldn't find them. They have uprooted virtually all plants in that tank; plants that the tiger barbs loved to hide in.

I fed my eels earthworms and I've seen them gobble up the earthworms. Fun to see them gasp for air with the worms in their mouth (their tank has a lid on). When I ran out of earthworms, I fed them blood worms (don't know if they ever got some of those bloodworms, as the barbs are quick to the draw during feeding time). I can't see them, so I can't hand-feed them their food. Since I haven't seen any dead eel floating in the tank, I am assuming they are still alive there somewhere in the tank.
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post #6 of 18 Old 01-23-2009, 08:46 AM Thread Starter
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I may have to try the earthworms. Did you buy them or "farm" them? Think it matters? I suppose the home grown ones might have pesticides or ferts on them from the yard.
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post #7 of 18 Old 01-23-2009, 09:06 AM
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yeah i got two peacock eels all the do is swim with each other. Sometimes they burrow and then try to find each other. like hide and go seek. they are really good looking Eels, mine are 5" and they havent attacked anything yet.
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post #8 of 18 Old 01-23-2009, 09:24 AM Thread Starter
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*EDIT* nvm
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post #9 of 18 Old 01-23-2009, 09:35 AM
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Petsmart sells some worms they call red wigglers. I am guessing they are baby redworms. I have got my eels to eat them a few times before being spoiled on blackworms.
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post #10 of 18 Old 01-23-2009, 09:33 PM
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Also, peacocks are jumpers. LOL i just found out the hard way. Scared me to death good thing i was literaly right there to pick it up and put it back in the tank.
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