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Zebra spiny eel Mastacembelus zebrinus Macrognathus zebrinus

Category: Eels

Size: 11-13cm

Price: £19.95 each

Discount: No discounts available

Stock: 6 in stock



Beautiful species of eel, quite rare these days.


Further details:

Further information can be found below:

Fish type: tropical
Male or Female Cannot be sexed
Water conditions: These fish are currently kept in water Ph 7.5 and Hard
Breeding: TBC
Volume Discount: No discounts available
Size: 11-13cm

Macrognathus zebrinus (Zebra spiny eel, Mastacembelus zebrinus)

A very attractive spiny eel distinguished with a pale grey-brown body marked with widely spaced vertical stripes. As with other spiny eels, the body is long and very eel-like.


Fish information (behaviour and breeding):

As with other Macrognathus, this species is relatively sociable, this species will do best if kept in a small group. Solitary specimens tend to be very shy.

Spiny eels present certain problems to aquarists that need to be taken care of, but they are intelligent and rewarding pets nonetheless. Spiny eels like to dig, and generally do best in tanks with a sandy substrate. Smaller species especially are prone to skin infections if they damage themselves trying to burrow into gravel, and these infections usually prove fatal. Spiny eels are notorious escape artists, and the aquarium must be securely covered. Finally, spiny eels are tricky to feed and will not eat dried foods or flake. Frozen bloodworms are enjoyed as a staple, but live foods such as earthworms and tubifex are very good for conditioning newly imported specimens. Spiny eels can be predatory, and should not be kept with substantially smaller tankmates. Despite reports to the contrary in older aquarium books, spiny eels are only rarely found in brackish water, and the addition of salt to the aquarium water is not essential.

Spiny eels are occasionally bred in home aquaria, but no consistently effective method has been devised. These fish are egg scatterers, with eggs deposited on the substrate or among floating plants. The parents do not guard the eggs. The fry, once free swimming, eat tiny live foods.


Fish Details:

Further fish details are shown below:

Distribution Asia, Burma and Indonesia
Temperature 23-26 C
Size 46 cm
Water Parameters Adaptable, but avoid extremes
Water PH 6.0-7.5