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MegK 10-14-2007 06:57 PM

im thinking..
i forgot to look at the price while at the store, and that might change my mind completely, but here it goes.

ive been thinking peacock spiny eel. my tank is long enough. some websites said stuff like10-20 gallons for one is fine, and that seemed ridiculous, but another said minimum of 36'' and i was like, that makes more sense!

so i did some reading and some reading online, and it says it will eat smaller fish, and another website said fish like corys were fine! so im a little confused there. what would u say?

well yea, thats all ive been thinking about... and a website... ill try to find it.. hold on.. there. it gives these communities and some with small fish... so idk if thats right or not?

then is says "similar sized" fish. KAY WELL A CORY IS NEVER GOING TO BE 12'' !!!

could someone sort this out for me? and also tell me the average price of one where u are :) *even tho it might be totally different where i am*

herefishy 10-14-2007 11:18 PM

I have had these eels on a few occasions. Mine were fed feeder guppies as weel as other baby livebearers. You must keep you tank TIGHTLY covered and provide hiding places for them. Caves, flower pots, and stacked rock will do nicely. I have also been able to feed them shrimp pellets at times.

MegK 10-15-2007 05:26 AM

but... would it eat my corys?

Lupin 10-15-2007 05:50 AM


Originally Posted by MegK
but... would it eat my corys?

I don't think larger ones are easily eaten but they will still be easily outcompeted by the spiny eel for live and frozen foods. I have a tire track eel and he prefers live and frozen stuffs. This is assuming your eel is quite accustomed to showing up very often. Several spiny eels are nocturnal and will not appear until dark. They will not appear quite often if not provided with sufficient hiding places.

MegK 10-15-2007 02:08 PM

so am i risking alot getting this eel?(alot meaning my adorable corys)

Lupin 10-15-2007 05:37 PM


Originally Posted by MegK
so am i risking alot getting this eel?(alot meaning my adorable corys)

In my opinion, yes. Not to mention the cories may have them rather intimidating at large size. I don't think it is worth the risk mixing them. There is too many disadvantages to allow both to coexist. Bronchis at 4 inches probably might but corydoras and aspidoras at 2 inches and below may not be able to.

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