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Zig Zag Yellow Tail Eel
(Macrognathus pancalus)
Zig Zag Yellow Tail Eel
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Quick Stats

Care Level Moderate
Temperament Semi-aggressive
Color Form Tan
Diet Carnivore
Water Conditions 75-82° F, KH 10-15, pH 6.8-7.2
Max. Size 7"
Origin Southeast Asia
Family Mastacembelidae
Minimum Tank Size 50 gallons
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The Zig Zag Yellow Tail Eel is a nocturnal predator and part 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.

Best suited for a larger species aquarium, a soft substrate is necessary for this fish. The Zig Zag Yellow Tail Eel likes to dig in the substrate and bury itself; this may uproot plants and rearrange decorations. A tight lid should be used for any long slender fish, as they will often try and jump out of the aquarium.

Unfortunately, the breeding habits of the Zig Zag Yellow Tail Eel have not been documented.

A carnivore, live foods such as earthworms and black worms, as well as frozen bloodworms will work well for this species. Prepared tablet foods as well as krill and ocean plankton may eventually be accepted.

Approximate Purchase Size: 4" to 6"

Customer Testimonials

Mitsy Krzywicki Redding , CA
This is a personable, fun fish. Mine came to recognize me and would 'pop' up out of the substrate when I would come near. He did have the bad habit of swimming down the U/G filter tubes and cruising underneath the filter until he finally grew too big to get into the tubes. They seem to be intelligent and moderately easy to care for, but they do need frozen or live food to thrive.
Stephen Richmond Phoenix , AZ
The Zig Zag Yellow Tail Eel is a great specimen for your tank and it goes great with Cichlids. They are also at a great price for their size.
Dustin Sledge Ocala , FL
mine absolutely loves to rest/hide in hollow bamboo and prefersit over sand (which we have 6 inches of because that was the required depth for a different fish that likes to dig
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