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Tire Track Eel
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Mastacembelus armatus

Tire Track Eel

Quick Stats:   Tire Track Eel

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 gallon
Light: Medium
Temperament: Peaceful
Swimming Level: Bottom
Care Level: Moderate
Reproduction: Egg Layer

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 2½ 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 fish (miscellaneous fish) with similar care level and aggression.

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