PD: An elongated, snake-like fish.
The snout is long, fleshy, and pointed snout.
pelvic fins are present, and the anal and dorsal fins are highly elongated.
The caudal fin is very small.
back and body area yellow-brown, as are the fins.
The body is marked with many irregular, brown transverse bands.
SIZE: To 16" (41 cm) in the wild, not usually more than 6" (15 cm) in captivity
HAB: Vegetation choked rivers in Southeast Asia; Burma, Thailand, Sumatra.
TANK: A tank measuring 20” (51 cm) with a capacity of 10 gallons (38 L) is only sufficient
for fish to 3" (7.5 cm) in length.
Larger fish should be moved to a tank measuring 36” (91 cm) with a
volume of 35 gallons (132 L).
The tank should have densely planted thickets with a cover of floating plants to diffuse
Provide hiding places with pipes, wood, roots, and rocks.
Have a tight-fitting cover, this fish
Use fine gravel or preferably, sand, because the Zig Zag Eel has a tendency to burrow.
WATER: pH 6-8 (7.0), 6-25 dH (10), 75-81°F (24-27°C), some salt can be added if
SB: A good community fish if kept with fish over 2" in length.
This fish will burrow and may uproot
SC: Large Gouramis, Knifefish, Giant Danios, large Loaches, Loricarids, Eartheaters, Acaras,
Cichlasomines, Asian Catfish
Tubifex, fish fry, Brine Shrimp, mosquito larvae, bloodworms,
SEX: Only distinguishable when mature; females are plumper.
B: Unsuccessful in captivity.
Breeding has not been accomplished in aquaria.
R: Will burrow in substrate and disappear for days, even weeks. Nocturnal.
A hardy species that requires a diet of live foods.
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