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Fire Eel Fish

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The Fire eel is one among the largest eels. Although not a true eel, its features resemble a real eel and it is for this reason that it obtained its name.

Apart from its snake-like appearance usually associated with eels, it has very little or no resemblance to an actual eel. On its profile are the pointed snout on the face and a long lithe body measuring anything from 60cm to 100cm for a mature fish.

This bottom-dwelling fish is mainly encountered in slow muddy rivers and lakes, since one of its favorite activities is to bury itself in the riverbed. Best suited for a larger aquarium, a soft substrate is necessary for this fish.

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the Fire eel is one among the largest eels. Although not a true eel, its features resemble a real eel and it is for this reason that it obtained its name. Apart from its snake-like appearance usually associated with eels, it has very little or no resemblance to an actual eel. On its profile are the pointed snout on the face and a long lithe body measuring anything from 60cm to 100cm for a mature fish.

This bottom-dwelling fish is mainly encountered in slow muddy rivers and lakes, since one of its favorite activities is to bury itself in the riverbed. Best suited for a larger aquarium, a soft substrate is necessary for this fish. The Fire Eel will often dig in the substrate and bury itself; this may uproot plants and rearrange decorations. A tight lid should be used for any long, slender fish, as they will often try to escape from the aquarium. The Fire Eel should be kept with fish of similar size or larger, and will not tolerate its own kind.

Shy and secretive fire eel

The fire eel may bury itself completely beneath the substrate, or lie in rest with only its snout extending from the sediments. If alarmed, it can quickly retreat into the bottoms. All of the mastacembelid eels have some ability to breath air, a valuable adaptation for an animal in a warm, muddy, sometimes hypoxic environment; rather than using the air bladder for this purpose, they instead rely on gas exchange that takes place through a protective slime layer over their simple gills.

Compatibility

As a rule the fish is timid and it ignores its tankmates, if it can?t eat them; they will eat small fishes though. Fire eel shows aggression towards its kind and that?s why it?s not recommended to keep a fish couple in one tank. Moreover, there is no point in it, since it is very difficult to obtain the fish eggs.

Usually such fish is kept together with large cichlid fishes, such as oscar fish, green terror or angelfish.

What to know about feeding aquarium fish

In nature, fish eat whenever they are hungry and the food is available. If food sources are plentiful, they will eat several times a day. On the other hand, if food sources are scarce, they might go for days between meals. For this reason, fish are very opportunistic and will eat whenever they have a chance.

Regardless of one or two feedings, the key is to keep each feeding very small. Do Not overfeed your fish. Whenever in doubt, the best practice is to underfeed your fish. There are a lot of health concerns related to overfeeding your fish.

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