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Tank Buddies for a Tire track eel
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Danielle Guevara
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PostPosted: 2007.01.08(Mon)11:30    Post subject: Tank Buddies for a Tire track eel Reply with quote

What type of fish go best with tire track eels?
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PostPosted: 2007.01.08(Mon)14:00    Post subject: Reply with quote

You definatly don't want to go with something small like neon tetras since these things can grow to 90cm and will eat anything that fits in its mouth. Maybe larger goramis like the three spot or angelfish. How big is your tank?
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PostPosted: 2007.01.08(Mon)17:28    Post subject: Reply with quote

Right now it's a ten gallon tank because that's all I can fit in a dorm room with two other people living in it^^; I'm going to upgrade to a much larger one within a year or two. Right now the eel is only about four inches.
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PostPosted: 2007.01.08(Mon)17:45    Post subject: Reply with quote

hmmm, I don't think it wuold be a good idea to get a tire track eel as first, they can get large but have never seen one at 90 cm, second, they will grow out of a 10 gallon tank in a year with ease and thrid, no tank mate that can live with them can really live in a 10 gallon tank. some mollies can live with them for a short period but will disapper one night. if feed will they may stay away from small tank mates for a little longer but it will not be a cozy relationship. my advice is wait until you can get at least a 55 gallon or don't get one at all. if you are so intent on getting an eel then get a peacock eel, they still cannot live in a ten gallon tank for long but will last longer. trust me, once you get one of these awsome creatures you will not want anything to hurt them, they are full of charcter and bring lots of fun to a fish tank.
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PostPosted: 2007.01.08(Mon)19:20    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't' know why, but my old tiretrack lived for 3 years and never got longer then 10 inches.
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PostPosted: 2007.01.08(Mon)19:44    Post subject: Reply with quote

mine stayed qutie short as well but yours may have been a peacock, they stay smaller. when I say they can get big I am talking about the main gorup of them as they get to about 50 to 70 cm, I have nver heard of any getting 90 cm other than in the gallery.
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PostPosted: 2007.01.08(Mon)23:02    Post subject: Reply with quote

with most spiny eels the males are much smaller than the females. it is possible that you both had males and thats why they stayed small.
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PostPosted: 2007.01.08(Mon)23:50    Post subject: Reply with quote

stickman147 wrote:
I have nver heard of any getting 90 cm other than in the gallery.

http://fishbase.org/Summary/speciesSummary.php?ID=10140&genusname=Mastacembelus&speciesname=armatus

The issue with eels is similar to that with plecos...most people don't know what species they have, and depending on the species they can grow to any size from only a little more than 10 cm, up to almost a meter in length...
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