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Fire Eel

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Fire Eel (Mastacembelus erythrotaenia)

Care level: Easy
Max Size: 100cm
Diet: Omnivore
Temp: 24-28°C
PH: 6.0-7.5
Purchase size: 20-25cm

The Fire Eel is a nocturnal species of omnivorous fish. In the wild they inhabit sluggish waters of floodplains and slow rivers. Due to their astonishing size, they need to be kept in a large aquarium. Bod Wood and plants would be a welcome addition as they will allow the eels to find nooks and crannies to hide in. Smooth Rocks and caves will offer further enrichment and lighting should be dim or diffused with floating plants.

These fish will spend a significant portion of their time digging and burying themselves during the day, so we recommend a soft sand substrate and epiphyte plants like anubias and java ferns that can be attached to rocks and bog wood.-

Rather surprisingly for their size, they can be kept in community aquariums, but small fish should be avoided as they will be seen as food. Large gouramies, congo tetras, large barbs and cichlids such as Geophagus and Severums all make great tank mates.

Food must be fresh or frozen as these fish are carnivorous for the most part and require large amounts of protein in their diet.