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Aethiomastacembelus shiranus, a spiny eel that grows to a lenght of about 30cm, is endemic to lake Malawi and is normally found in shallow water and close to river mouths where it feeds on insects and other small invertebrates. In contrary to Lake Tanganyika species, this Lake Malawi eel is rarely found in the tanks of hobbyists.


The spiny eel together with a Buccochromis rhoadesi in my 2300L/600G aquarium. 

I guess I'm extremely lucky with this wildcaught Aethiomastacembelus shiranus, as I heard they're not easy to keep alive in captivity, simply because they refuse to eat aquarium food. This eel is active day and night and is a fantastic company. Most of the time he hides in small caves, but nevertheless the eel is not very shy as it cruises through the aquarium from time to time, not bothering his tankmates. When I hold frozen food like Artemia or krill in the water to let it thaw, the eel soon crawls around my fingers to get the desired lunch. 


Unfortunately some fish don't survive. This little one came floating from under the rocks. My Aethiomastacembelus shiranus doesn't hesitate to feed on the remains, a welcome and easy meal. 

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