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Spiny Eels for Sale Online
  This video shows a small Zig Zag Eel about 4" long. This small Eel was very curious and kept swimming forward to look at me.



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Peacock Eels

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Zig Zag Eel for sale  
Zig Zag Eels

Pictures: taken by TBK. Click on the  picture to see a bigger picture.


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Spiny Eel

Pictures: Click on each picture to see a bigger picture. Click here to see several more pictures.
Scientific name: this is a member of the Macrognathus genus, but the exact  species is unknown to us now.


Tiretrack Eel for sale
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Tiretrack Eel

Pictures: taken here in one of our aquariums. Click on each picture to see a bigger picture.
Scientific name: Macrognathus armatus


Zebra Spiny Eel for sale  

Spiny Eel

Pictures: a nice young Zebra Spiny Eel exploring one of our aquariums, when we took this picture.
Scientific name: Macrognathus zebrinus
5373 Fire Eel for sale
Fire Eel for sale
Fire Eel

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 conditions.
Scientific name:
Mastacembelus erythrotaenia



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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 here 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 for food.

Click here to read an interesting brief article about Spiny Eels from Encyclopaedia Britannica.

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The picture above shows a 6" Fire Eel, and even at this small size it already shows some of the deep read markings. Click here for the current price of this Eel.

Common Name

Scientific Name

Max. Size

Peacock Eel
Macrognathus aculeatus 15"
Striped Peacock Eel
Macrognathus atrilimes 12"
Zig Zag Eel
Tire Track Eel
Mastacembelus armatus 36"
Fire Eel
Mastacembelus erythrotaenia 40"
Zebra Spiny Eel
Mastacembelus zebrinus 18"

Common Name

Scientific Name

Max. Size


Appropriate Home
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.

Cichlid Stones - Ceramic Aquarium Caves - Click on this image to buy Cichlid Stones.
Most Eels, Sharks, and Loaches love Cichlid Stones, which are natural looking ceramic aquarium caves . Click here for more about Cichlid Stones.
picture of a Zig Zag Spiny Eel at Click on the picture to see a bigger picture.   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 image.

Recommended Diet
Spiny Eels must be fed live Black Worms and perhaps other worms for variety. They will also eat Ghost Shrimp and small fish about the size of Guppies and Neon Tetras, so Spiny Eels are not good tank mates for small fish. Click here for 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 Red Tail 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 Pictures
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. 
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