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Zig Zag Yellow Tail Eel

posted: 05/15/12
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Zig Zag Yellow Tail Eel
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The Zig Zag Yellow Tail Eel is a nocturnal predator and part 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.

Best suited for a larger species aquarium, a soft substrate is necessary for this fish. The Zig Zag Yellow Tail Eel likes to dig in the substrate and bury itself; this may uproot plants and rearrange decorations. A tight lid should be used for any long, slender fish, as they will often try and jump out of the aquarium.

Unfortunately, the breeding habits of the Zig Zag Yellow Tail Eel have not been documented.

A carnivore, live foods such as earthworms and black worms, as well as frozen bloodworms will work well for this species. Prepared tablet foods as well as krill and ocean plankton may eventually be accepted.

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

Fish Facts

Name: Zig Zag Yellow Tail Eel (Mastacembelus pancalus)

Family: Mastacembelidae

Range: Southeast Asia

Size: Up to 18 inches

Diet: Carnivore

Tank Set-up: Freshwater: Plants, driftwood, sand substrate

Tank Conditions: 75-82°F; pH 6.8-7.2; dH 10-15

Minimum Tank Capacity: 50 gallons

Light: Medium

Temperament: Semi-aggressive

Swimming Level: Bottom

Care Level: Moderate

Reproduction: Egg Layer

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