Black Spotted Eel Question

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I've been shifting around my current stocking (profile not up to date atm), and have begun to play around with the idea of adding an "eel" to my 120 gallon. I really like black spotted eels, and from what I can see they will not outgrow my tank. But I've got a few questions:

What size fish is no longer in danger of being eaten? I plan to leave turquoise rainbow fish and pearl gouramI with it and have seen that as long as the fish is bigger than the eels mouth they are fine, but I have no reference to how big their mouth gets, so will these be fine?

My tank has sand substrate, but is pretty well planted. I mostly have a variety of swords and java ferns. The ferns are sitting on the surface so I don't mind those getting pushed around, but will the eels destroy the root systems of the swords?

Still not sold on adding an eel, I just like the idea of it. Please let me know of any reasons to not do this!
 

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Mastacembelus dayi?
They can grow to 18” or more, and at that size it would probably eat your Rainbows. Plus destroy your planting with its subterranean movements.
 
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Yes that's the one! Good to know, thank you. No black spotted eel for me
 
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I've got kuhlI loaches that I love! They're in a smaller tank and was just looking for something for the bigger tank. Will probably just leave it as is since the eel is out. Thanks though
 

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There are smaller Spiny Eels. Macrognathus siamensis (Peacock Eel) grows to a foot, and M. circumcinctus only grows to about 8”.
 
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Yeah, I looked into spiny eels as a whole and just was really drawn to the black spotted one. I don't NEED an eel, so if I can't get the one I like I don't think I'm at the point of settling for another one.
 

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