Fire Eel (Mastacembelus erythrotaenia)
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284 Litres (75 US G.)
95-100 cm (37.4-39.4")
6.0 - 8.0
24 -28 °C (75.2-82.4°F)
- Fire Eel
Additional scientific names
- Macrognathus erythrotaenia
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Location where this animal is found in the wild.
- Mature females are plumper than males, quite difficult to sex however.
- Fire Eels are best kept with larger fish, that are not overly aggressive and likely to nip at the eel. They are nocturnal hunters, so smaller fish may be eaten.
- This fish is primarily carnivorous and will willingly accept meaty foods including earthworms, bloodworms and other meaty treats.
- Once acclimatised will come out to eat once or twice a week, primarily nocturnal though.
- These fish must be provided with hiding places such as tubing and planting as well as a soft substrate.
- These fish are generally peaceful in nature, however they are nocturnal predators and may take smaller fish.
- A distinctive eel-like elongated fish with a long snout. The body is dark brown in colour with a paler underbelly, then with several red-orange lateral bands along the head and down part of the body. This pattern can vary between fish. Often the anal, pectoral, and dorsal fins have a red edging.
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