View Full Version : Fire eel

05-28-2004, 06:25 PM
i have a 55 with a jack dempsey and a GT and also a Salvini. All about one inch.(they are so cute). There is also 3 clown loaches and a striped rapheal cat. What i was wondering is could i toss in a fire eel? There are plenty of places to hide so im thinkin it would be ok.

05-28-2004, 07:00 PM
hi seered
How big of a fire eel are you thinking? I have my fire eel in my 90 w/ a gt, jd, sevs..etc...the eel's about 8 inches long now (only about 4.5 when i got him last spring) He hides in his big hollow log & rarely comes out...it works for me...not sure if it's something i'm comfortable 'recommending' to anyone, but like I said, it does work here...
(keep in mind just how big fire eels get....I've read to 39"!!!)
Also-mine will not eat anything but live black worms...i've tried everything else...even 'fasting' him then trying new foods-no luck...he even disappeaed for 3 months ( I thought he had died or made the leap...) but lo and behold, he reappeared,..he was under the gravel..don't ask me what he ate for 3 months...????

05-28-2004, 07:46 PM
Yea im thinkin about a 5 or 6 inch to start and i also have a 90 to move him into a comunity tank. There is a large driftwood piece for him to hide in. Im just worried about nippin on him.

05-28-2004, 08:43 PM
mine don't seem to even know he's there (he really does hide A LOT)...give the eel a spot to hide from everyone..one that's only big enough for him

05-29-2004, 02:07 AM
Gotcha ok well thanks a lot for the info not a lot of people keep fire eels and i havent got much info on them. Are they hard to get in other places my LFS always has them so im guessing no?

05-29-2004, 08:35 AM
there's one LFS around here that does carry them (where I got "Templeton" last year)..but I haven't seen them anywhere else....I don't know anyone else who has one either :)

05-29-2004, 05:32 PM
That does seem kinda wierd because this LFS always has them and they stock them at about 5". the cost is 12.99$ im not too sure if this is a good deal or not but havent seen them any where else. Well thanks again jenny.

05-29-2004, 07:08 PM
lol..hey seered...are you in Pittsburgh too or what!? LOL...sounds like the same LFS....

05-30-2004, 02:54 PM
Nope try the other side of the US lol. I'm over here in sunny california :)! I just found a new LFS in my area!! always great to have a new LFS to go and browse! this one is huge though and they specialize in cichlids! I dont know how i lived without them for so long. Also you have a severum. What color a green or gold or even red? I saw the red severum online and fell in love but have only found them on aquabid and have never tried them. Are these fish rare?ok im done blabbing

05-30-2004, 08:30 PM
My sevs are 'turquoise', but i'd have to say they look al whole lot like a reg ol' green sev to me...

I've not seen the reds...nice?

05-30-2004, 08:53 PM
Yeah they are grey in the body with dark vertical stripes and a red patch under the throat almost like a firemouth or meeki. i really like them i'll try to find a pic for you.

05-30-2004, 08:58 PM
here it is!

05-30-2004, 09:49 PM
wow-nice looking fish!!! (I SURE do wish I had more room....)

05-31-2004, 05:57 AM
We all say that about our fish LoL! if only we could all afford large aquariums like a zoo or aquarium like 1000+ gallons but hey not all of us have won the lottery! Anyways does anybody have any info on this fish? are they hard to come by?different care than any other severum?

06-04-2004, 10:49 PM
I GOT HIM!!!! he is sooo cute and he hides really well!LoL but the SA's arent trippin and he ate frozen bloodworsm !!!!!

06-04-2004, 11:07 PM
I sure do wish mine would eat frozen ANYTHING...lol!!
Congrats & enjoy him!

06-04-2004, 11:42 PM
Oh if i can see him I will LoL! he hides all the time but thats what they do. I will try to get a good pic of him but im not promising anything. yea he was hesatant about eating frozen but he gave in in the end!

06-05-2004, 06:48 AM
my eel hides 98% of the time...except for sticking his head out...can't stand to miss what's going on....or a meal...
when he does make a full body appearance, i'm always shocked at how long he's gotten

06-08-2004, 08:23 PM
yea his feeding is going ok but im worried because he only pics up like 3-5 worms but he searches for more but my cichlids vacuam them up faster than he can. Does your have problems with competing for food?

06-17-2004, 04:33 PM
ok my eel goes nuts over ghost shrimp. He will snag like 3 at a time it's great. Im thinking of starting a hatchery anybody ever do this?

06-18-2004, 07:44 AM
hey seered-(sorry for the delayed response)
Yes, my eel definately has some competetion for food-so what I do is get a turkey baster & squirt some worms directly in his log...no other fish can go in there...he thrilled not to have to come out!...mine would like ghost shrimp too, im sure...if he'd ever get a chance to get one!..i only fed them to my fish once and the JD ate them all!

06-18-2004, 06:37 PM
lmao yeah i turned her to the darkside on ghost shrimp ....lol

06-19-2004, 04:10 AM
man they are expensive compaired to coctail shrimp lol. Hey jenny can i get a pic of your fire eel (templeton)?

06-19-2004, 07:47 AM
hey seered-
Yah, those ghost shrimp are pricy! I bought 6 more yesterday in the hopes of 1 making it to the eel....fat chance...the sevs sucked them up before they knew what hit them...
i'll see what i can do about a photo-taking his pic is easier said than done!! ..i have to do water changes today/tomorrow...i'll see if i can catch a pic...
you have a pic of yours?

06-19-2004, 05:58 PM
I might have to do a police type stake out of my tank for that one lol.