Fire Eel

Information on the Fire Eel

The fire eel may be an interesting creature that you have considered placing in your fish tank.  Before you go and purchase this nocturnal creature you should probably learn about them.  This is going to help you determine if they are right for you or if you can care for them appropriately.  Once you have the answers to these questions you can decide if you would like to purchase one or not.

First of all you need to have a tank that will hold at least 50 gallons of water before you decide to get a fire eel.  You also need to consider the other types of fish that you have in the tank currently.  You do not what to place the eel into the aquarium with any other fish that are going to be aggressive or cause it harm.  If you do have other fish that are aggressive, you may want to consider getting another tank to place the fire eel into.  This is going to be the best solution so that all of your water animals are happy.

You will need to have some soft substrate at the bottom of the tank.  The fire eel often likes to hide underneath all of this when it is finished swimming at the bottom of the tank.  You do need to remember that a lid to the top of your tank is very important no matter where your fish likes to swim.  It is not uncommon for these types of fish to attempt to get out of the tank.  Therefore, you are going to want to keep the lid closed at all times other than when you are feeding this fish.

You will want to feed the fire eel live foods.  The eel is actually a carnivore so you are going to want to purchase some things like earthworms that you can simply place into the tank for the eel’s satisfaction.  You are going to find that they really enjoy this type of food the best.  However, you may eventually be able to feed them tablets or krill and they will accept it.  This may be difficult when your fish is new in the tank so do not introduce these things right off of the bat.

When the fire eel produces babies they are going to lay eggs.  This is important to know in advance so that if your eel does lay eggs you can be prepared for what to do with them.  You do not want to leave them in the tank if there are other fish in there that are going to eat them.  Be sure that you fully understand the behaviors of your other fish if you think that your eel is going to produce eggs.  Talk to someone at the fish store and they can tell you what you should do with the eggs if you are concerned about them.

Having an aquarium can be a lot of fun.  It can be exciting and relaxing at the same time as you watch the fire eel swim and express itself in the water.  You do need to remember the importance of knowing each fish’s characteristics and behaviors so that you can ensure each fish is going to be healthy and happy within their environment.  If you are going to have a fish tank you need to think about those types of things and you also need to understand the care that is needed for the tank.  Be sure that you are cleaning it and taking care of it properly so that your fish will be happy.