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post #1 of 48 Old 07-27-2010, 11:32 PM Thread Starter
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Fire Eel

Is it possible for a fire eel to survive out of water?

I've personally never heard of it..however my fire eel..when I first purchased him managed to find a fake log figure(goes straight up and twists..the inside of it is hallow...not ment for fish to swim in..the holes are facing the bottom of the tank) in the starter aquarium i had him in(55 gallons) and dug in the sand and up into it..i kept having to lift it up and tap it a little to get him out....I finally got sick of him going up there and purchased him alternative hiding places and took the fake log stau out.

I thought he wasn't in there..however...hes VERY friendly and always comes out for feeding time. However...the next few days I noticed I couldnt find him..I gave it a week and I decided to take everything out of the aquarium...and comb threw the sand and try and locate him. I even went back into the bucket I placed the fake log statu in and put a flashlight to the holes and couldn't find him,even gave the log a lil shake..(Mind you..this statu is curvy and windy all the way up)

Much to my attempt..I COULDNT find him anywhere..so I assumed..because people always say eels have a tendancy to find any opening in a lid and jump out..I thought maybe he did..and while I was away at work the dogs ate him while he squirmed around on the floor..
I FELT AWFUL.

However...a week later I decided to put the log statu back in when I did my weekly water change(2 and a half weeks had gone by) and long and behold...2 days later..mr.eel comes out.

HOW HAPPY WAS I!!

Just wondered if anyone else had this experience?
He has since began to grow and will soon be placed in my 180 gallon while I wait for my 400 gallon to be made.
He's my first eel...haha and I intend to keep it that way..for now. to much worrying! and sorry for my rant.

Thanks,
Kat
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post #2 of 48 Old 07-30-2010, 08:10 PM
hibernation??? jk i dont think it could survive that long without water

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post #3 of 48 Old 07-30-2010, 08:58 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah..I don't know..iv NEVER heard of it happening..but it honestly did..trust me..I LOVE my eel...and i checked everywhere..i even called my ex-boyfriend and asked him if he came in my house n sotle it while i was at work lol..i know..he laughed at me..but seriously..it happened..and not only did he survive..hes happier and healthier than ever.
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post #4 of 48 Old 07-30-2010, 09:08 PM
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I've got a Tetra EX30 (I think, 20-30 gallon Tetra hang on filter). One of the features is that the return sends water in a rolling motion to promote gas exchange. This creates a low pressure zone near the lip of the return that food gets caught in.

My female fire eel was added to the tank two months after the male, my first. He's pretty territorial and nips at her a lot. I thought that he had killed her when I couldn't see her for a week.

Turns out she learned that she can get away from the male by getting sucked into the low pressure zone of my filter mentioned above, and can jump out of the water and into the hang-on portion of the filter. I panicked the first time I saw this happen and dug her out right away. Of course, she went right back in. I've noticed that the two of them come and go as they please now in and out of the filter.

Do you have a hang on filter?
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post #5 of 48 Old 07-30-2010, 09:10 PM
2 weeks without water?? i think you bf might have slipped another ell in ( not that i don't believe you).just think about it.i leave you in the lake or pool for 2 weeks without food and no air. do you think you could survive? unless a miracle happened i don't think so lol

5x2x2 aro,highfin bat,fei feng,ST,albino tinfoil,c.perch
4x1.5x1.5 planted tetras,harlequins,
otto,WMM,2 types of celebes rainbows,rcs,amano, bamboo,red ramhorns,MTS
3.5x2.5x2 flowerhorn,pleco
3x1.5x1.5 russel's lion,blue cleaner,sixline and leopard wrasse,maroon clown pair,green chromis,scorpion,tiger cowrie,turbo,lyretail anthias,jewel,anemone,star polyp,marbled and giant green mushi,zoa
2x1x1 nano sw shrimps
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post #6 of 48 Old 08-03-2010, 01:44 PM Thread Starter
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2 weeks without water?? i think you bf might have slipped another ell in ( not that i don't believe you).just think about it.i leave you in the lake or pool for 2 weeks without food and no air. do you think you could survive? unless a miracle happened i don't think so lol


trust me..i know he didnt..as he's not my boyfriend lol...also I don't care if it actually happened or not...hes alive,and thats all i REALLY care about..I was just wondering if anyone had this experience ..thats all. Because I'm very OCD and I honestly checked everywhere..but...here he is today..and that's really all that counts:)
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post #7 of 48 Old 08-04-2010, 01:01 AM
0.0 a miracle =) your one lucky owner

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4x1.5x1.5 planted tetras,harlequins,
otto,WMM,2 types of celebes rainbows,rcs,amano, bamboo,red ramhorns,MTS
3.5x2.5x2 flowerhorn,pleco
3x1.5x1.5 russel's lion,blue cleaner,sixline and leopard wrasse,maroon clown pair,green chromis,scorpion,tiger cowrie,turbo,lyretail anthias,jewel,anemone,star polyp,marbled and giant green mushi,zoa
2x1x1 nano sw shrimps
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post #8 of 48 Old 08-04-2010, 08:58 AM Thread Starter
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0.0 a miracle =) your one lucky owner
Yeah..especially knowing that where I live..LFS don't carry these, or any sort of ungeneric fish species really...I got him when I was living out of town so..REALLY lucky haha
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post #9 of 48 Old 08-04-2010, 09:59 AM
sometimes we don't even get bones lol did you get a lid for him too?

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4x1.5x1.5 planted tetras,harlequins,
otto,WMM,2 types of celebes rainbows,rcs,amano, bamboo,red ramhorns,MTS
3.5x2.5x2 flowerhorn,pleco
3x1.5x1.5 russel's lion,blue cleaner,sixline and leopard wrasse,maroon clown pair,green chromis,scorpion,tiger cowrie,turbo,lyretail anthias,jewel,anemone,star polyp,marbled and giant green mushi,zoa
2x1x1 nano sw shrimps
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post #10 of 48 Old 08-04-2010, 10:09 AM Thread Starter
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sometimes we don't even get bones lol did you get a lid for him too?
a lid..as in a hood covering for the tank?

and no..its a canister filter:)...like i said..he has never even bothered to ttry and jump out..he just swims up this stupid fake log ordiment I had in the tank,which i no longer put in there haha

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