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Tire Track Eel

posted: 05/15/12
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Tire Track Eel
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The Tire Track Eel, also known as the Spiny Eel, is a nocturnal predator and a member of the Mastacembelidae family. Members of this family, also referred to as the Spiny Eel family, are not true eels. They are elongated, tropical, freshwater fish that have numerous spines preceding the dorsal fin.

A larger aquarium with a soft substrate is necessary for this fish. The Tire Track Eel will dig in the substrate and bury itself; this may uproot plants and rearrange decorations. Two teaspoons of salt may be added per 2.5 gallons of water. This fish should be kept with other large fish that the eel will not consider as food.

Unfortunately, the breeding habits of the Tire Track Eel have not been documented.

A carnivore, the Tire Track Eel should be fed live foods such as earthworms and black worms, as well as frozen bloodworms. Prepared tablet foods as well as krill and ocean plankton may eventually be accepted.

Ideal tank mates include: Similar sized, miscellaneous fish with similar care level and aggression.

Fish Facts

Name: Tire Track Eel (Mastacembelus armatus)

Family: Mastacembelidae

Range: Southeast Asia

Size: Up to 30 inches

Diet: Carnivore

Tank Set-up: Freshwater: Plants, rocks, driftwood

Tank Conditions: 72-82°F; pH 6.8-7.2; dH 10-16

Minimum Tank Capacity: 50 gallons

Light: Medium

Temperament: Peaceful

Swimming Level: Bottom

Care Level: Moderate

Reproduction: Egg Layer

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