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I was just wondering if there was any type of freshwater eel, true or not, or any other oddball type fish like that, that will go in a 56 gallon community. Help plz and thanks!
 

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There are some really cool freshwater eels. Peacock eels and tire track eels to name a few. It depends on your other fish or if you have crustaceans. A lot of eels are predatory and small fish and shrimp could be at risk. Also if you have smaller or a more peaceful community tank kuhli loaches are awesome. They are long-bodied like eels yet they are loaches and are very peaceful. I have kuhli loaches and I find them to be very entertaining. With some research I am sure you will find something that will match with your tank :)

Hope this helps!
 

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Peacock Eels are great for a community so long as you don't have the absolute smallest of fish. They have pretty narrow snouts though so they do well with pretty much almost all schoolers. A single Peacock would love to be in a 50 gallon + space! give him the floor to himself and it wouldn't surprise me if he becomes rather active over time.

I have one in my 80 gallon community that has Rasbora, and several different kind of Loaches. The only thing you have to watch out for is shy eaters. So it helps if you can give it foods that other fish can't easy fit in their mouths and feed them at night. On that note it pays to try to get larger ones instead of the babies you sometimes see come into pet-stores.

Not the best quality but you can see mine chilling and ignoring the Rasbora that are darting around the floor
Lights were dimmed during the transition to night phase for the tank.

Someone suggested Tire Track Eels, and I"m going to have to hazard against that. The problem is the term "Tire track eel" is very often misused in the fish keeping industry. It's not uncommon to get in and buy a "tire track" and for it to be a completely different fish than what you expected. That can be a major problem, especially if it ends up getting really big and ends up being predatory.

Plus to be honest I've never heard of Tire Track Eels as being really good community Eels. When they grow up they can become predators eating your smaller schooling fish.

One last note, make sure you are prepared to do a sand substrate because you really shouldn't keep them in anything other than that substrate wise. These are diggers and love to dig into the sand, cover their body and stick their heads out to watch what is going on.
 

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Someone suggested Tire Track Eels, and I"m going to have to hazard against that. The problem is the term "Tire track eel" is very often misused in the fish keeping industry. It's not uncommon to get in and buy a "tire track" and for it to be a completely different fish than what you expected. That can be a major problem, especially if it ends up getting really big and ends up being predatory.

Plus to be honest I've never heard of Tire Track Eels as being really good community Eels. When they grow up they can become predators eating your smaller schooling fish.

One last note, make sure you are prepared to do a sand substrate because you really shouldn't keep them in anything other than that substrate wise. These are diggers and love to dig into the sand, cover their body and stick their heads out to watch what is going on.
I was simply pointing out there are options, it wasn't a suggestion. I also advised research first so the selected eel would coincide with the current fish.

I do agree that there is a problem with common names, many overlap and add confusion. :BIGhappy:

p.s. Thanks for the video !
 

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I was simply pointing out there are options, it wasn't a suggestion. I also advised research first so the selected eel would coincide with the current fish.

I do agree that there is a problem with common names, many overlap and add confusion. :BIGhappy:

p.s. Thanks for the video !
You're right. You brought it up though I wanted to make that mention. I see a lot of people get pulled into buying tire tracks (or something labeled it) due to their cute appearance when small. Of course those ill-educated folk find our really quick that they don't stay tiny for long XD

Still cuties though even when big. Least with a Peacock, they are pretty easy to tell it is what they are when they are young. Also you are welcome. I hope one day to get much better video but mine still seems to prefer to most active at night. Should see when it gets a worm. Mine for some reason shoots up to the top of the tank and then back down to enjoy it. Which reminds me, OP eels can be escapers so you always want to have good secure lids and cover any potential exits.
 

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Very nice eel! And thanks for all the help, it means a lot. The only problem is that I have a school of 10 neon tetras, thats my only concern. And I also have 5 small cory cats and 3 banjo cats. (The banjo cats will soon be moved to a tank with sand, for their happiness) :).
 

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Oh and yes ive considered kuhlii loaches and if all else fails, thats what i will get if everything matches up correctly. ( It is a 56 gallon, 30' by 18' by 30'
 

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Very nice eel! And thanks for all the help, it means a lot. The only problem is that I have a school of 10 neon tetras, thats my only concern. And I also have 5 small cory cats and 3 banjo cats. (The banjo cats will soon be moved to a tank with sand, for their happiness) :).
Yeaah, I can see a neon getting gobbled up by a full grown Peacock. That said Peacocks really don't mind sharing space with other bottom dwellers, but I've noticed they may be a bit more reclusive if they have to share with many fish. Mine shares space with 14 locahes, though not for long. He's going into a new set up where he'll just share with two bichirs.
 

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@ Sanguinefox That would be cool! It would be nice to see bichirs in a well cared for tank. Sometimes I see them in the most pitiful situation and it makes me sad.

What I love with my kuhli loaches is finding them hanging out all over plants in goofy places always with a buddy. I also love seeing a tail sticking out of a rock look to the other side and see their whiskers. They are very friendly and physical fish always hanging out. The more the merrier. Some people don't see them around much, but mine are always about. I think the live plants and my rock caves make a big difference. :)
 

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@ Sanguinefox That would be cool! It would be nice to see bichirs in a well cared for tank. Sometimes I see them in the most pitiful situation and it makes me sad.

What I love with my kuhli loaches is finding them hanging out all over plants in goofy places always with a buddy. I also love seeing a tail sticking out of a rock look to the other side and see their whiskers. They are very friendly and physical fish always hanging out. The more the merrier. Some people don't see them around much, but mine are always about. I think the live plants and my rock caves make a big difference. :)
I've got three of them in a 150 right now. Ornate, a female senegalus, and a juvenile albino sen and he's a bit handicapped (doesn't slow him down though the pig).

The Ornate is becoming really bossy so I want to separate them out. Two sens can share that space in the tank they are going into easy enough, and I'm sure the Ornate will be pleased as all to have the bottom mostly to herself. I do agree though, it's sad how larger fish like Bichirs (and eels) tend to be stuffed into truly pitiful conditions (and often overcrowded too). They (the bichirs and the FW eels) look amazing as centerpiece fish, and a healthy ornate can take your breath away when it comes out for air.

Ever see a big adult Fire Eel in a good home? It's amazing:
This has got to be one of my favorite videos involving a FW eel. I love how with the FW eels you can actually work with them to get them to eat right out of your hand. That's got to be a surreal experience to share that kind of interaction. *Worth nothing that getting any eel to eat right out of your hand takes patience and you do have to start when they are young. And no hat's not my fish, I wish it were, he's so darling.

Haha, Loaches are always so sweet to see goofing around in a tank. Sleep wherever, and always into everyone's faces.
 

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Thanks for the 2nd great vid. That is awesome that his eel is so tame. What an experience!

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~Natalie
 

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For a 56g tank I would stick with peacock eels. Also strongly recommend sand for them or loaches. It really does make an enormous difference.

Edit: Should mention that it's not uncommon for eels to refuse processed or even frozen food so be prepared to feed live. I've never seen any of the eels I've had eat anything other then earthworms, which I have to cut up. Granted I had 4 eels for nearly 6 months and I thought one had jumped out of the tank the night I got them, so went 6 months thinking there was only 3 in there. Which reminds me.. eels jump so make sure tank is completely covered.
 

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Sorry right... I think even a peacock eel would eventually be capable of eating a full grown neon. Especially since neons often just kind of hover presenting an easy target.
 

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Well i just found 3 that got sucked half way into my filter.. Now completely depressed.. Im not sure how to prevent that..
 

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More plants then caves. Theyve been in there for 3 weeks and no problem, im not sure what happened :/
 
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