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Lonewolfblue 08-11-2007 08:20 PM

My 2 new Fire Eels....
Here's some pics......
One is 3", the other is 4.5"...

Eating freeze-dried bloodworms...

chancehall 08-11-2007 08:23 PM

those are so cool, ive been wanting to get one but my lfs doesnt get them in very often and when they do they die, but Congratz and good luck

Lonewolfblue 08-11-2007 08:46 PM

Where would they die? At the lfs?

I've always had great success with fire eels. They seem very hardy. My only problem with the 2 16" fire eels I had was they apparently opened the glass top enough to get out. One morning, I woke up and one was by the sliding glass door. About 2 months later, I came home from work and the other one was on the floor in the middle of the room. It was a really sad moment. That's why I'll be making an escape-proof canopy for my tank.

Also, you have to remember that they get to 42"+. So if you aren't prepared to get a large enough tank, then it's one fish I wouldn't get. Mine grew from 3" to 16" in less than 2 years, and were still growing at a fast pace, eating 4-5 cubes of frozen bloodworms a day between the 2 of them.

chancehall 08-11-2007 08:49 PM

yea they died at the lfs, my little brother had a dragon fish that jumped out of the tank we thought he had dig and went into the gravel, the next day we found him behind the tank wedged between the wall and the stand

Lonewolfblue 08-11-2007 08:53 PM

If they die at the lfs, then they have poor tank conditions. Either that, or the tanks have parasites or something else in the tanks. Fire eels usually don't die that easily.

Lupin 08-11-2007 09:33 PM

The fire eels are stunning!8)

bf2king 08-11-2007 10:06 PM

i tried them once and it died in a weak but it wouldnt eat

Lonewolfblue 08-11-2007 10:17 PM


Originally Posted by bf2king
i tried them once and it died in a weak but it wouldnt eat

What did you feed it?

All I feed mine is a mixture. Here's some of my mixtures....

frozen bloodworms and frozen brine shrimp
frozen bloodworms and frozen beefheart
frozen bloodworms and frozen krill chopped in small pieces
frozen bloodworms and shrimp chopped in small pieces
frozen beefheart and frozen brine shrimp
frozen feefheart and frozen krill chopped up

And any over combos of the above. If you are just feeding pellets or flake, they will starve to death.

bf2king 08-11-2007 10:21 PM

shrimp pellets (16 inches when i got it)
night crawlers ( my clown ended up eating those)
brine shrimp
and live ghost shrimp

Lonewolfblue 08-11-2007 10:28 PM

When I had 2 16" fire eels, all they would eat was bloodworms or beefheart. I'd have to mix other stuff with it for them to eat other stuff. Also, I had to spot feed them. I placed a 1.5" clear tube in the tank, and they knew what that meant. FOOD, lol. I would pour the unfrozen food down the tube, and they would eat down at the bottom of the tube. And sometimes would go up the tube. I did this so the food wouldn't scatter through the tank due to the current.

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