Zebra Spiny Eel (Macrognathus zebrinus)


A medium-growing and intricately patterned freshwater eel, the Zebra Spiny Eel is found in a variety of habitats throughout Myanmar, Thailand, and other parts of Southeast Asia. Hardy and more outgoing than many of their relatives, these fish make a unique addition to medium to large aquariums and will generally do well with any fish too large to become a meal. Like most spiny eels, they can be a bit slow to feed at first, so care should be taken to ensure they are getting enough food. Frozen bloodworms are usually accepted readily.


Zebra Spiny Eel (Macrognathus zebrinus)

Origin: Wild Thailand, Myanmar
Diet: Predator, feeds on insects, fish, and crustaceans in the wild. Will accept frozen foods but can be finicky at first.
Adult Size: 14″
Recommended Tank Size: 75 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 outcompete them for food.

Preferred Water Parameters
pH:                          6.8  – 7.8
Temp:                     76-82F
Ammonia:              0ppm
Nitrite:                    0ppm
Nitrate:                  <30ppm