Tanganyikan Spiny Eel (Mastacembelus ellipsifer)

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Tanganyikan Spiny Eel

Tanganyikan Spiny Eel

Mastacembelus ellipsifer

284 Litres (75 US G.)

40-45 cm (15.7-17.7")




8.0 - 9.5

22.8-27.2°C (73 -81 °F)

8-25 °d

1:1 M:F

Live Foods
Other (See article)

8-12 years



Additional names

Tanganyikan Spiny Eel

Additional scientific names

Aethiomastacembelus ellipsifer, Afromastacembelus ellipsifer

Origin[edit | edit source]

Endemic to Lake Tanganyika.

Sexing[edit | edit source]

It's not possible to visually sex this fish.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

Best kept in a Tanganyikan community and with peaceful robust fish too large to be eaten. It can be territorial towards other Spiny Eels, so one to a tank.

Diet[edit | edit source]

Should accept most meaty foods including bloodworm, earthworms, shrimp and mussels.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

Requires hard alkaline conditions with plenty of places to hide in rock work. A sand substrate is preferred and dim lighting. They do not cope well with currents.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

A predatory fish that is territorial towards its own kind. Will be peaceful towards fish too large to be eaten.

Identification[edit | edit source]

Typical Spiny Eel in shape with a long snout, it is pale cream-brown in colour with broad red-orange bands down the body.

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