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Hello there,

I recently made the grievous mistake of browsing fish profiles....and I came upon the very beautiful Peacock Eel. I was hoping some of the members here might have some concise information about them (there are so many conflicting "facts" on the internet, I have no idea what's right
). To be more specific, I was wondering:

Are Striped Peacock Eels the same as regular peacock eels? They have different scientific names (Macrognathus aral and macrognathus siamensis, respectively), but everything I've read online makes me think it's all one eel. Can anyone confirm/deny this and if so, what are their differences?

Also, would fish that range from 2-3" be safe with this type of eel? IE: Are they too large to fit in it's mouth? Ideally, I'd like to keep praecox rainbowfish, black ruby barbs, and possibly harlequin rasboras (would these be too small?) in the same tank.

Lastly, I've read that they can be quite variable in size, anywhere from 6" to 16". Would one be able to live happily in a 55g?

Any advice is greatly appreciated :D
 

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I have a peacock eel in my 50g discus tank and it hasn't taken any Interest in my tetras neons or any of the small stuff

Seems pretty calm and tends to hide under a big root I have

Shy when feeding and I have read this is common so it's worth aiming some
Of the food it's way or burying blood worm for it

As far as size goes I'm not too sure as I was given it by someone getting rid of their tank but I would say its about 6" at the moment

Seems happy enough in the size tank and it doesn't bother or get bothered really
 

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Thank you for the input! I'm glad to hear they don't seem to go for smaller fish, I wouldn't want one of the rasboras to be snack for the eel.

And you are correct mistergreen, they are two separate species. I did a little more digging last night and it seems the "One Stripe" Spiny Eel (Macrognathus aral) grows larger than Peacock eels. The only thing I can't seem to find is how much larger they get in home aquariums.

I've read it can get up to 24" in the wild. Does anyone happen to know the average length/growth rate of Macrognathus aral in captivity?
 

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Ah, so a fed eel is a peaceful eel, eh? I know the larger eels eat earthworms, but what should I feed them when they're small (around 3 inches)?
 

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I had an eel that was sold to me as a porthole peacock eel. Real neat fish, but mine ate everything. I put some large platies in the tank as breeders figuring the eel would go after the smaller fry. One by one, the platies disappeared along with all the otos.
Here's my thread from a few years ago.
 
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