Animal Stories - Tiretrack Eel

Animal-World Information about: Tiretrack Eel

One look at the Tire Track Eel and it's easy to see how they received their common name!
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JT - 2010-04-19
A 55 gallon would not be suitable housing for this fish. A standard 180 gallon is the absolute minimum, though some argue that a 300+ gallon tank is required. Also, why is there a picture of a zigzag eel (of the genus Macrognathus) in this article that is supposed to be about tire track eels (of the genus Mastacembelus)?

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  • Drafina - 2010-10-02
    Doesen't depend on the Tire Track eel, I mean some don't get to be huge.
  • JT - 2010-11-14
    Drafina: No, it doesn't. Every specimen will reach about 30" in length if given proper care. If it stops growing before it gets to 30", that is a sign that it is likely unhealthy, which is usually due to the presence of high nitrate levels in the water (which is a side effect of not providing an adequate volume of water).
Samuel - 2011-07-08
I own a 120 Gallon freshwater tank, full of about 10 cichilds (3 South American, around 5-7 South African), two Balla Sharks, a Green Terror, a Black Ghost Knife Fish, and my tank has allot of small crevices for a Eels to live in. I was wondering what type of Eel can I put in my fish tank and which one would be best and safe?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-09
    Rule of thumb is your tank should have one gallon of water for each inch your fish are going to be when they are adults. You also have to subtract gallons for gravel, plants, decorations, filter etc. An example is the Black Ghost can go up to 20". So allowing for gravel, decorations, etc, I would recommend a 25 gallon tank. Your circhlids can go up to 6 - 8 inches so there is another 80 gallons. Then you have the tire track and they can go two feet. That doesn't even include your eels, green terror and sharks. I wouldn't add any more and I would recommend, to be on the safe side, you get another tank and split these fellas up a little. Sorry about that. Good news is you can justify another tank. Bad news is you should do some re-arranging.
  • Alex Burleson - 2012-01-01
    Depending on how aggressive your cichlids are, the best species for your aquarium would be:

    Black Spotted Eel

    With these species, you'd need to purchase more larger, adult specimens, with the risk of your cichlids attacking them, if they were much smaller.

  • Joe - 2012-01-01
    One inch of fish per one gallon is not true and should never be used to calculate how many fish to put in your tank. Dont want to a argue. Just putting a Correction out there.

    Example: A 24" black pacu cant go in a 24 gallon tank. or a fifty. or barely wedge into a hundred. You have to account for Girth, temperament, skittishness, and a ton of other factors.
jack - 2011-06-17
I have a 12 inch tire track, a small rope, and a good amount of gouramis and bottom feeders. There is some hiding spots, but today I noticed something absolutely insane. A new 6 inch Tire track wrapped around the heater. How is that possible? I could understand seeing some small fry if I purchased my Tire preggers, but a 6 inch without me noticing is completely impossible right?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-18
    Obviously it is possible, it happened. Could have come from the store and just didn't notice and it hid.
ziad - 2011-01-07
I just got my track eel, but would it be ok if I feed it fishfood?
Are frozen bloodworms ok too?

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  • Anonymous - 2011-01-13
    I've had my fella for about 4 months now and he will only eat frozen bloodworm, so I guess it's ok as he is in good health.
alle - 2010-12-01
I have a tire track eel 16' long very friendly, hand fed, I gave him some raw fresh salmon and now he won't come out of his cave.. worried.. did I make him sick?

dragoon0630 - 2010-01-31
I just got my tire track eel today and petsmart said they will grow 12inches. That means u need a 20 gallon tank when it gets too big. So u can start with a 10 gallon tank!

ben - 2009-11-27
I've had a tire track eel, he's 14 inches long, and he's my best fish. I recommend getting one.

eric - 2008-08-01
My tire track is 7in. and is my most social and is my favorite fish. He ate blood worms from my hand the second day I had him. I have him in a 55 gal., when he gets too big I'll sell him for big bucks at my local fish store.

Kim Espinosa - 2007-08-21
I've only had a tire track eel for 1 week, and it already eats frozen bloodworms and is hand fed, and it comes out to see you and beg for food! It seems very peaceful and leaves all the other fish, including neons, completely alone. So far, it's a good pick for some interest in the tank!

Lilma - 2006-12-07
Squirmy is a 7 year old tiretrack eel and the only reason i have a fishtank. He is very friendly and will lie in my hand to eat. He fins at you when you come to the tank and when not fed fast enough (a little bit spoilt) will chase his own tail to get attention. These are great fish - they "tame" easily and can provide hours of entertainment. They are easy to look after and fairly disease resistant. I recommend them to all fish lovers