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post #1 of 12 Old 02-06-2011, 09:05 AM Thread Starter
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This may be under the wrong section, but I think it's okay because it's mainly about my LFS.

So while I was at my LFS getting my fire eel, I was looking around. They have this huge (200 gallons, minimum) tank in the back that usually has all their oscars in it. I went over to check out the oscars, and only saw goldfish. Confused, I looked around the tank some more and saw bettas acclimating in their bags on the surface, soon to be put in their own containers. The goldfish weren't fancy, just some feeder fish. Then, OH CRAP, a huge 3 foot long black fish moved in the back! At first I thought, "giant BGK?", then, "probably a huge lungfish." But when I asked the fish guy, he said it was an ELECTRIC EEL. Priced at $600, straight from the Amazon. WOW! I have a whole new respect for my LFS. I didn't know where anyone could possibly get one of those things! I've read some about them online, but I would like to see one person walk in and buy this amazing eel. Pretty cool.
Also, the ignorant fish guy has apparently been studying! He was actually helping people when I went in. He helped me too. Nice!

RIP fire eel
why did you think it was a good idea to keep going over the top of the tank
when you realized you couldn't breathe outside water?
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post #2 of 12 Old 02-06-2011, 09:55 AM
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My old LFS when I lived in Iowa had them all the time. They weren't $600 bucks though, more like $120. I'm guessing this one was huge?

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post #3 of 12 Old 02-06-2011, 12:50 PM
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I'd be scared to be in a building with an electric eel lol! My lfs has sold chichillas priced well over $100 (although I think that is common), 7 FT long Pythons (maybe ball python?), Horny Toad (I thought they were illegal to keep in Texas but I guess not), and a Russian Tortose (they live over 100 years and you, yes you could do a piggy back ride on it). Wierd stuff for this part of Texas I guess.

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post #4 of 12 Old 02-06-2011, 04:35 PM
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I'd be scared to be in a building with an electric eel lol! My lfs has sold chichillas priced well over $100 (although I think that is common), 7 FT long Pythons (maybe ball python?), Horny Toad (I thought they were illegal to keep in Texas but I guess not), and a Russian Tortose (they live over 100 years and you, yes you could do a piggy back ride on it). Wierd stuff for this part of Texas I guess.
Everything is bigger in Texas!

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post #5 of 12 Old 02-06-2011, 06:07 PM
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I hope the electric eel doesn't go to someone dumb enough to dare touching it.

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post #6 of 12 Old 02-09-2011, 05:06 PM
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I'd be scared to be in a building with an electric eel lol! My lfs has sold chichillas priced well over $100 (although I think that is common), 7 FT long Pythons (maybe ball python?), Horny Toad (I thought they were illegal to keep in Texas but I guess not), and a Russian Tortose (they live over 100 years and you, yes you could do a piggy back ride on it). Wierd stuff for this part of Texas I guess.
Russian Torts are actually one of the smallest torts available, and stay small. Adult females are 8-10". Males 6-8". And although it is possible for a Russian to live 100 years, in captivity they normally peak around 50. They also only eat veggies, and are very friendly. They cost a pretty penny though, around $80-120 depending on the season. Just FYI :)

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Russian Torts are actually one of the smallest torts available, and stay small. Adult females are 8-10". Males 6-8". And although it is possible for a Russian to live 100 years, in captivity they normally peak around 50. They also only eat veggies, and are very friendly. They cost a pretty penny though, around $80-120 depending on the season. Just FYI :)
Maybe I am thinking of a different turtle. The turtle I am thinking of is big enough to do a piggy-back ride on.

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Zachary the Halfmoon Plakat

CichlidHaven - 55g (under construction!)
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1.0.1 Convict Cichlid
0.1.0 Firemouth Cichlid

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Zephus & Monoculus the Purple Pinchers (Coenobita clypeatus)

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Maybe I am thinking of a different turtle. The turtle I am thinking of is big enough to do a piggy-back ride on.
There are a couple of them...I just know about the Russians because I have wanted one for so long. lol :)

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I hope the electric eel doesn't go to someone dumb enough to dare touching it.
I would touch it

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post #10 of 12 Old 02-09-2011, 05:32 PM
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actually, wait ,no scratch that I just read on answers.com that they can kill you!!!!! check it out.

The shock from an electric eel affects the body by altering physiological functions such as involuntary muscle actions and respiration. Symptoms of being shocked by an electric eel can be respiratory paralysis and cardiac failure. These symptoms may result in death. Eels also have powerful jaws and can bite a finger right off of a diver if they are not careful. This could in theory cause death if medical treatment was not made available soon.

Read more: Answers.com - Can eels kill a human

so nevermind, no im not that stupid



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