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Dtld9 02-05-2008 12:33 PM

Electric eel
 
How hard and what does it take to own an electric eel. My lfs has one and I really want it

The-Wolf 02-05-2008 12:48 PM

this is one fish that you should not even consider unless you have many many years experience in fish keeping in general and a few years oddball experience.
take my advise and leave it where it is

okiemavis 02-05-2008 01:07 PM

I don't know that much about keeping electric eels, but I really wouldn't get one without LOADS of planning. Mostly because an electric eel can deliver a 500 volt shock. I'd want to know exactly how I was going to handle it, and how I was going to clean the tank out, not to mention what would happen if it needed medical attention.

Dtld9 02-05-2008 11:29 PM

OK thanks man I really want one too :(

bf2king 02-08-2008 12:10 AM

i wouldnt even worry about their shock as much as their bite and growing 8 feet long it wouldnt be an easy fish to house.. ive seen them for sale once online and it was for $800 USD

Dtld9 02-08-2008 12:46 PM

wow the one around here is only $200 usd

jeaninel 02-08-2008 02:15 PM

One of my LFS has one in a huge tank (forget how many gallons). His name is SMUD named after the utility company here.

Gump 02-09-2008 10:38 AM

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Originally Posted by jeaninel
One of my LFS has one in a huge tank (forget how many gallons). His name is SMUD named after the utility company here.

That tank is about 1/8 the size of a proper size tank for that fish.

bf2king 02-10-2008 07:09 AM

it probably is due to the fact that i saw a special on scientist studying them in the amazon and they had them put in a 300 gallon but they would only put them in that for 1 da7y do to how cramped they were.. so theyhad to go catch another specimen by hand (thank the lord for rubber)

jeaninel 02-10-2008 08:47 PM

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That tank is about 1/8 the size of a proper size tank for that fish.
You're right. I was confusing that tank with their other big one with the arowana in it. The eel tank he can barely turn around in.


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