Tire Track Eel

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Hi! Some of you may be looking for a cool fish to act as a centerpiece for your large aquarium. I would like to introduce the tire track eel: in this thread I will be going over the care of the tiretrack eel (as well as a few photos of the one I own). Understand this is based off of personal experience and what I have read on multiple websites

Tank size- tire track eels get big, sometimes reaching over three feet long. I personally would say minimum is a 100 gallon aquarium, preferably bigger like maybe a 125+
Eel size- tire track eels can grow over three feet long however it is more common for them to only reach about 2 and a half feet in length
Diet- tire track eels can be fed a variety of things from live to frozen however they can be picky at times. I have found my tire track to like freeze dried krill. Freeze dried krill is high on protein and allows to fish to grow quickly. My eel eats 1-3 prices of jumbo freeze dried krill daily
Tank Mates- As some may have guessed this eels is not community friendly. This eels gets large enough as to where it will eat your community fish. There tank mates should be fairly large and be able to hold there own if the eels decided to be mean. Generally though eels won’t bother big fish. I once had a large 10” tire track eel in QT. He later died due to jumping (which I will talk about later) however let me tell you this. He was in with some platys and stuff that were also in QT, he was offered food every day and even though he didn’t always eat, he got enough. One day however he ate all of the platys (there were 10 of them) in the span of 1 hour. I left, came back an hour later and all the platys were gone. Needless to say they will eventually get them.
Other things- I will start off talking about the thing that is most challenging with them, there habit to jump. Like I said before I had a 10” tire track eel jump out on me despite the screen lid that covered all exits being held down with 4 pieces of wood. Eels also like to bury in the substrate sometimes for days at a time so don’t panic if you can’t find him. Tire track eels can also be picky eaters so once you find what they like, stick with it. If you have any questions about them let me know!

I hope you all find this helpful and if you do let me know. I now have a new (smaller) tire track eel that is happily living in my 30G african cichlid growing out to eventually move to my 40G breeder with my flowerhorn, and then finally be moved to my 130 gallon. These eels are super fun to keep if done right and can be a real conversation starter. Here is my eels and I hope this helps
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Hi! So I have a tire track eel with a plan laid out so he will move to a bigger tank the bigger he gets. His first stop is my african cichlid (30G) tanks, then to my flowerhorn tank (40B), then finally to my 130 gallon. My biocube and flowerhorn tanks have pretty secure lids, my 130 not so much and had small holes everywhere so I want him to be big enough as to where he can’t get through those holes before he goes in. He is currently in the african cichlid tank and has been living happily for a while now in there. He is active and eats well however he is probably 5-7” at this point and I am starting to think of when I should move him. He was out of his cave all day today however I noticed he is breathing heavy which causes concern to me. He is one of my favorite fish and I don’t want to lose him. I am currently thinking he is probably having a reaction to water quality as I missed my water change yesterday on the tank (I wasn't home until like 7:30-8:00), so ima do a big water change tomorrow. When do you think I should move him. I might be moving in like a month or two so I was gonna wait for that but what do you think? Thanks
 

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Good write up I wouldn't put the eel with the flowerhorn at all cichlids can shred these smooth skin eels in no time. Also I have lots of big spiny eels ranging in size from 9 -20 inches and they never jump if provided with proper cover and tankmates. When my eels are startled the run to the rockwork never to the top. Half of my eels tank doesn't even have a lid for well over a year.

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this side of the tank stays open 24-7 never been covered

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but they must have the proper rockwork or woodwork to make them comfortable.
 

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Okay. CaptainAquatics, I have some experience in dealing with eels so I will tell you what I think.

I think that you should move the eel to the 130 gallon, and this is because they can get aggressive and attack other fishes from time to time, and if you are seeing heavy breathing and him not staying in his cave, I think he may be getting bullied by the cichlids (which are already extremely aggressive) and I would NOT recommend putting anything with the flowerhorn, considering its only in a 40G tank. I say that you should move the eel, do a water change and see what happens. Hope all goes well.

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Zniaz said:
Okay. CaptainAquatics, I have some experience in dealing with eels so I will tell you what I think.

I think that you should move the eel to the 130 gallon, and this is because they can get aggressive and attack other fishes from time to time, and if you are seeing heavy breathing and him not staying in his cave, I think he may be getting bullied by the cichlids (which are already extremely aggressive) and I would NOT recommend putting anything with the flowerhorn, considering its only in a 40G tank. I say that you should move the eel, do a water change and see what happens. Hope all goes well.

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Should I move him today though? I am leaving for the weekend so I won't be able to monitor but I don't want to leave him in if he is being stressed. I noticed today that he does have some marks on his face. In my 130 I already have a lot of fish however I am hoping to move soon and ima make some changes when that happens. My plan to was to put the pictus that are in the 130 in with my flowerhorn when I move the eel in to make room. I will not put him with my flowerhorn if you think that will be a bad idea. The other fish in the 130 would be many times larger than him (8+" fish) however they are pretty peacful (for large cichlids) I have got two oscars, three large feather fin catfish, a large blood parrot, and three small south american cichldids (firemouth cichlids and a jewel cichlid). The three cichlids were all from the biocube moved there because they we being bullied. After that last firemouth got moved is when the eel started acting off, the larger bully firemouth took his territory (which also is where the eels cave is). I think the eel would be fine compatibility wise but would it be to much stress? There is also the issue of him possibly jumping, what should I do there? Thanks
 

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