An uncommon and intricately patterned freshwater eel from the acidic peat swamps of Borneo, the Tapir Spiny Eel is a well-camouflaged ambush predator in its natural habitat. In the aquarium, they are hardy but can be shy at first – be sure to provide plenty of cover. Although recently imported fish can be finicky eaters, they will usually learn to accept a variety of frozen foods over time. Like most freshwater eels, these fish should be kept in tightly covered aquariums as they will utilize even small openings to escape.
Tapir Spiny Eel (Macrognathus tapirus)
Origin: Wild Kalimantan Borneo, Indonesia
Diet: Predator, feeds on insects, fish, and crustaceans in the wild. Will accept frozen foods but can be finicky at first.
Adult Size: 15″
Recommended Tank Size: 90 gallon
Compatibility: Generally not aggressive towards tankmates too big to be considered a meal. Should not be kept with overly aggressive fish which may nip at their fins or that may out compete them for food.