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Mastacembelus favus - Tire Track EelMagyarul / Hungarian
Mastacembelus favus - Tire Track EelMastacembelus favus - Tire Track Eel
  • Scientific name: Mastacembelus favus
  • Common name: Tire Track Eel
  • Group: Other fishes
  • Habitat: Southeast Asia; China, Pakistan, India, Thailand
  • Size: 70-90 cm
  • Biotope: Inhabits in moving water with a soft riverbed.
  • Social behavior: They are generally peaceful and shy. They can get territorial and aggressive with their own kind.
  • Diet: Carnivorous; all type of live foods: Tubifex, Daphnia, Cyclops, brine shrimp, mosquito larvae.
  • Breeding: Tire Track Eel has not been bred in captivity.
  • Tank: Minimum 550 litres
  • Population: 1-2 fishes for 550 litres
  • Decoration: Use sand or fine garvel substare in their aquarium, so they can burrow into it. Make sure they have plenty of hiding places.
  • Temperature: 22-27°C
  • pH: 6,5-7,5
  • Hardness: 1-15 NK°
  • Lifespan: 8-10 years

Description: The body of the Tire Track Eel is elongated with a long snout. Both the dorsal and anal fins are extended and joined to the caudal fin. Its base color is a tan to light brown. Along the entire length of its body, reaching vertically from its back to its belly, it is patterned with a series of irregular dark markings. These markings have a 'tire track' or 'zig zag' appearance which has been used as a common name. They often bury themselves during the day in the substrate, coming out at night to feed.

Sexual differences are unknown and it is almost impossible to identify the sexes, though a mature female may be more full bodied.

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