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Peacock Eel

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  • Diet: Flake, Frozen, Freeze-dried
  • Maximum size: 14"
  • Water temperature: 72-82° F
  • Swimming level: Bottom
  • Experience level: Intermediate
  • Tank Setup: 40+ gallons, lightly planted, plus rocks and/or driftwood
Freshwater eels can share their aquarium with other fish that are the same size or larger, but do not get along with other eels. Due to their size, eels require a long or large aquarium. Minimum aquarium size should be 29 gallons, but preferably 55 gallons or more. A good rule of thumb is one gallon of water for every one inch of full-grown fish. These fish prefer fine gravel or sand substrate on the bottom of the aquarium, as eels often burrow into the sand. They are predominantly secretive rock dwellers in nature so be sure your aquarium has plenty of hiding places such as large stones and rockwork. Since eels love to dig, use potted live plants to prevent uprooting.

Learn about the Striped Peacock Eel

Common Name
Striped Peacock Eel

Scientific Name
Macrognathus siamensis


Feeding Habits
Prefers small live foods such as crustaceans, earthworms, fish, crickets, mealworms, blood worms, glass worms, brine shrimp and tubifex worms. Frozen blood worms, brine shrimp, beef heart, plankton and glass worms are also accepted.

Peaceful with the same sized fish, but will eat smaller fish.

Thailand: Decorate heavily with rocks, driftwood and live plants.

Additional Comments
Do to their adult length these are the best eels for a community aquarium. Small lobsters, crayfish, shrimp and crabs are not recommended for tankmates as they will be eaten by the eel.


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Peacock Eel
12.49 New Out Of Stock
Peacock Eel is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 35.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enjoyable Buy it! You won't be sorry. Very fast and easy to care for. Mine LOVED walfers! Cute and funny,... Pretty much anything you want in a fish. But they do like to hide a lot! Give ' em some hiding places! Overall great fish! I would recommend them. :O)
Date published: 2012-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the eel Bought about a month ago and love it, at first was shy but now he’s active
Date published: 2017-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eels are Easy & Unique My 8 year old fell in love with eels and wanted one for his birthday 2 and half years ago. We ended up buying 2 tanks and 2 eels. The two week, the baby eels lived together as the second tank wasn't ready. When second tank got ready, we separated them. The eel that got separated from first tank started to seem strange, my son kept saying he is unhappy without his friend. The books we had read, said don't have the eels live together. It looked like he was dying, so we took him out and put him back in first tank with his friend. Wa-laa! He perked up and the two of them have been together ever since. No problems. They are both over 12 inches and we do not have a large tank. We have sand bottom for them and feed them blood worms. They are super easy and great fun to watch in the dark at night when they come out to play and eat.
Date published: 2014-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Fish Striped Peacock Eels are not actual eels, but spiny fish, but that's probably the only thing that is not cool about this fish. Very intelligent, (Mr. Bigglesworth) allows me to hand-feed him earthworms, and plays tricks on me! Make sure the water level in the tank is not level with the filter output, leave a minimum of 1" or else they will escape into the filter; mine gets in the filter when I leave the room and comes back out when I come to see where he is! Eats pretty much only earthworms (red wrigglers), not aggressive at all, mine won't even eat ghost shrimp! Enjoys sand over rocky-substrate, needs big rock cave or log to hide in! Overall, great fish!
Date published: 2011-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from he's great! got him home and he was very active then after a wile he began to get active/slow which meant he was getting used to the tank! for the first month i fed him fish-flakes.he ate them OK but i had nothing else to feed him (at the moment),then we went out and bought him the blood worms and he loves them! overall great pet for any tank,just do your research on animals! :)
Date published: 2014-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Choice First of all I have to say, if you want one , you have to have a BIG tank!!! We bought our eel about two month ago. The first two weeks he was hiding , almost didn't eat anything ( we fed him frozen blood worms). We then bought ghost shrimp (12 of them) and after 1 week they were almost all gone!!! We now hand feed him earth worms in combination with the ghost shrimp that he hunts and he loves it!! He is very active during the day and is now about 6 inches long. Very INTELLIGENT and ACTIVE animal! Nice to watch!!!
Date published: 2013-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great eel I had bought an eel about 1 year ago. Loved to watch it swim. It was about 6 inches when it was bought and almost 12 inches when, my cichlids killed it. I sold the cichilds time to get another eel. My grandson called him a snaked and would set in front of the thank for hours and watch it.
Date published: 2013-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I want another! Now that I have a 46 gallon tank I want another one... My first one we had lived past two year's and one move. The Fish was really neat to wake up to and search to find out where it had hid it's self that night. My then 4 year old loved it. She cried when it pasted. I was always creep-ed out by it if I had to place my hand in their but I found it really cool. That and their ant that many fish like this. We also found it really neat seeing it burrows under the stones. So make sure you have lot's of rock's or sand on the bottom. We also never saw it feed.. It got along with all are fish and never seemed to get bullied or bullied.
Date published: 2010-08-12
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The eel will basically eat anything smaller than itself from what I understand. However is it possible to have 2 within the same tank at 40 gallons or is a larger tank required to avoid them fighting?

Asked by: Bob Doe
A 55 gallon is minimum for one of them
Answered by: Balistik928
Date published: 2018-11-07

is this animal good for a 20 gallon tank

Asked by: la la boi
Not at all
Answered by: Balistik928
Date published: 2018-11-07

Can I raise it in my pond.

Asked by: Hudsongatch
provided the fish in the pond are about the same size
Answered by: Breaking
Date published: 2018-07-27

What are good tank mates? Eels are bigger, would oscars or chiclids be ok? If not, how about swordtails and danios? 

Asked by: KC87
I just added a six inch eel to my tank with 7 giant danios that are about 2.5 inches long. I would not put regular danios in there because they are much smaller and will be eaten
Answered by: DanielRIce
Date published: 2018-06-06

I've got two Koi - one is massive - 12-13" and just a big fish, the other, about 6-7" and again, big. Can I safely have one of these eels? I love the looks of them!!! Thanks!

Asked by: Im4Frogs
as long as the fish is larger than the eel it should be ok BUT keeping a close eye on the fish for awhile should be done to make sure he isn't attempting to attack your other fish.
Answered by: Fallenkings
Date published: 2018-05-08

Can I order freshwater eels online to be picked up in store in Lafayette Louisiana 

Asked by: Helene 71
I suggest you going to your local pet store ask them if you can buy the peacock eel online and have it shipped to them so you can pick it up from their store also another way for you also you can have find certain websites that will ship peacock eels to your house but just make sure they guarantee it gets there alive
Answered by: Katieandsierra
Date published: 2018-04-21

It says they need a 40 gallon aquarium but would 20 work?

Asked by: Kaylak711
The minimum size for a peacock eel is 40 gallons you cannot go any smaller than a 40 gallon tank or they will feel like they're crammed into a small tank and feel like they need to protect themself and will attack the other fish
Answered by: Katieandsierra
Date published: 2018-07-31

Can I keep one with Cory Cats?

Asked by: FishBoy23
Yes, however, they may be too small, and a peacock eel may try to eat it. You might need to keep a close eye out for a little bit.
Answered by: Mama Strange
Date published: 2018-07-31
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