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TinaG
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PostPosted: 2004.11.04(Thu)16:28    Post subject: Spiny eels Reply with quote

Hello everyone, this is my first post here. I found the board by searching spiny eels...

Can anyone fill me in on their habits and whether or not it has been a safe addition to a community tank with 25 or so neons? Any help is much appreciated!
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nl27
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PostPosted: 2004.11.04(Thu)18:21    Post subject: Reply with quote

how big is the tank, I don't think that an eel will go well with neons, they might make a tasty snack.
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PostPosted: 2004.11.04(Thu)19:41    Post subject: Reply with quote

It will eat anything it can fit in its mouth. Small fish like neons and guppies are not recommended as tankmates. These guys get to be about 25cm or so and need a decent sized tank. I'd only keep these guys with larger tetras such as congos or diamon tetras.
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TinaG
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PostPosted: 2004.11.04(Thu)21:25    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks for the quick response!

It is a 4 ft tank, fairly deep too. The eel is about 10cm long at the moment and has a fairly small mouth (the neons have grown quite large).

What if the eel is kept well fed?
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Taratron
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PostPosted: 2004.11.04(Thu)23:14    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fish can been seen almost like little kids on the day after Halloween. Yes, they just ate enough candy now that they can't walk straight. BUT....they really like Twix candies. And there's a Twix bar right there. So they munch on that, even though they are full from dinner and dessert and a good pound of candy from their secret stash. And then they find a bite-size chocolate bar, and then their favorite gum, and.....you get the idea.

Even a well-fed fish won't be opposed to a little more food. Ever seen a banjo cat eat? Their bodies will swell up to look like a golf ball, and still they will try and rock themselves forward to grab that last morsel.
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PostPosted: 2004.11.05(Fri)9:23    Post subject: Reply with quote

Big fish eat little fish, unless they are strict herbivores even then you can't be too sure.
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PostPosted: 2004.11.15(Mon)4:58    Post subject: Reply with quote

its best not to keep any eels at all. I would not want to get a zap from them
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Taratron
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PostPosted: 2004.11.15(Mon)12:35    Post subject: Reply with quote

Marto, not all eels are electric. As a matter of fact, the animal commonly referred to as the electric eel is not even an eel, but in a member of its own family.

We have one such animal at the zoo. In all actuality, it is a somewhat boring creature (much like the piranha). Perhaps if it shot out electric bolts as they do in cartoons, they would be a far more interesting animal for the general publich to view, but honestly, ours does not do much. I clean his tank every week, and have never been shocked. Admittedly, I don't try to grab him, handfeed him, or use him as a lasso, so he has no reason to give me a charge!
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Cichlid man.
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PostPosted: 2004.11.15(Mon)15:21    Post subject: Reply with quote

The electric eel is closer to the knifefish family than the eels.
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PostPosted: 2004.11.15(Mon)23:25    Post subject: Reply with quote

Taratron wrote:
Admittedly, I don't try to ... use him as a lasso


If I give you a dollar will you do it?

OK, now back to the post: From my understanding, eels are only really good in a tank dedicated to them, or with fish that are larger than they are. They're pretty voracious, so a communty tank would look more like a buffet than home.
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