Pictures: a nice young Zebra
Spiny Eel exploring one of our
aquariums, when we took this
Pictures: a 7" Fire Eel in one
of our aquariums.
Considered by many aquarists
to be the most beautiful of
all freshwater aquarium eels.
They seem to get blacker and
redder, as they get older. Often
seen at 24" long and sometimes
as big as 36" inches in ideal
Names & Comments
Spiny Eels are very interesting looking fish. They are fun to watch poking out of their cave or piece of pipe, and they are peaceful. We sell several species of Spiny
Eels including Peacock Eels, Striped Peacock Eels, Zig Zag Eels, and occasionally Tire Track Eels and Fire Eels.
These Eels like to burrow into the gravel, but they can live in an aquarium with only 1/4" of gravel, as we recommend elsewhere at this site. Click
for more about gravel in aquariums.
Spiny Eels need a piece of pipe or a cave to live in during the day, when they are usually rather inactive. They come out after the lights go out to look
here to read an interesting brief article about Spiny Eels from
The picture above shows a 6" Fire Eel, and even at this small size it already shows some of the deep read markings. Click
for the current price of this Eel.
Spiny Eels are all escape artists so their aquarium must have a cover without escape holes, or they will escape for sure. If your
tank cover has holes, cut pieces of plastic from a plastic milk carton. Be sure the pieces are clean, then tape them over the holes in your cover. Even better get an Eclipse 1, 2, or 3 Aquarium
Hood for your aquarium. The Eclipses leave no holes for your Eels to jump through. Click here for more about aquarium covers.
Eventually these Spiny Eels will need an aquarium with at least 30-gallons of water, an
exterior power filter with a
BIO-Wheel, a maximum of 1/4-inch of gravel, and an
aquarium heater with the
temperature of the water adjusted to between 75 and 82 degrees F. Click here for more about warm water aquariums.
Spiny Eels need a piece of pipe or a cave. Be sure that all the pipes, caves, decorations, ornaments, and everything else you put in your aquarium are aquarium-safe and will
not contaminate the aquarium water. Click here for more about avoiding contamination in your aquarium.
Most Eels, Sharks,
love Cichlid Stones,
which are natural
looking ceramic aquarium
caves . Click
here for more about
This picture shows a beautiful Zig Zag Eel. This picture was taken in our
facility by TBK. Click on the picture to see a bigger
Spiny Eels must be fed live Black Worms and perhaps other worms for variety. They will also eat
Shrimp and small fish about the size of Guppies and Neon Tetras, so Spiny Eels are not good tank mates for small fish. Click
more about feeding fish. Click here for more information about Black Worms.
Spiny Eels like to congregate in the same piece of plastic pipe or cave. So it's probably best to keep a group of Spiny Eels with at
least three eels of the same species and about the same size. Good tank mates for Spiny Eels are all Gouramis, all
Barbs including Tinfoil
Barbs, all Rainbows, a school of Bala Sharks, one
Shark or one Rainbow Shark, and a school of Clown Loaches. As mentioned above in the paragraph titled Recommended Diet, Spiny Eels will eat Ghost Shrimp and small fish, so these are not compatible tank mates. Click
here to read more about several other groups of compatible fish.
Size and Lifespan
Most Spiny Eels live for at least 5 years, probably longer, and possibly much longer. The maximum sizes are given in the table above.
Gallery of Eel
Above, two pictures of a Starlight Eel swimming in one of our
aquariums, when one of us took these pictures. Spiny Eels are very interesting to watch.
here to go to another page in this web site with Customer Comments and our Replies about Spiny Eels.