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Indian Tulip Eel (Monopterus cuchia)

Indian Tulip Eel (Monopterus cuchia)

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Freshwater mud eels (Monopterus cuchia), sometimes referred to as “Indian tulip eels” in the aquarium hobby, are a large species of eel-like fish belonging to the family Synbranchidae. They have a widespread range throughout eastern Asia and have invasive populations in several other countries. Also referred to as “ricefield eels” or “ricepaddy eels”, they are often confused with the much more common Asian swamp eel (Monopterus albus), especially at oriental food markets where they are often sold with no distinction to the species. These unique fish breathe atmospheric air and lack a swim bladder.

Currently available specimens are wild-caught imports. Please keep in mind that mud eels are highly variable in color and pattern, and yours may not look exactly like the animals pictured. 

Care Level: Intermediate.

Diet: Primarily carnivorous feeding on various worms, crustaceans, insects, snails, and small fish. 

Adult Size: Up to 40” is possible.

pH: 6.0-8.0

Water Temps: 75-82F

Other Care Preferences: Freshwater mud eels are very hardy and do well in a variety of water parameters, provided that extremes are avoided. While there is very little comprehensive captive care information available for this species their requirements should be almost identical to those of the Asian swamp eel (Monopterus albus). An escape-proof aquarium is a must as they are escape artists. Generally they do best when kept alone or with other similarly sized mud eels although some hobbyists report Monopterus albus doing well with larger, peaceful fish. 

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