View Full Version : Fire Eel

04-30-2009, 12:14 AM
Will a Fire Eel attack, annoy or eat:

Angel fish, parrot fish, cory cats?

The cory cats I'm worried about because they are so small.

04-30-2009, 12:51 AM
No, no and no. As long as the fish are in there before he is, he will consider them as tankmates and not food. The angelfish and the parrots will be able to hold their own anyways, so that's not a problem. He will not cause any problems when he is added after the others. So I say go for it! :)

04-30-2009, 12:53 AM
Nice! at first I thought your ''no's'' were saying no dont add! lol Ya the angel, parrots and others will be in long before the fire eel, seeing I'm going to have to order it off live aquaria. Only thing is, I have pebbles =[. Will sand really be needed?

04-30-2009, 04:41 AM
Sand is preferred because they like to bury themselves in the substrate. Not necessary though, particularly if there's plenty of cover available. How big is the tank?

04-30-2009, 10:10 AM
55 gallon long.

04-30-2009, 04:29 PM
That tank is too small for an adult fire eel, they will grow to about 3'. You really need at least a 6' tank for a fire eel. Even a tire track would be cramped in a 55 when fully grown.

04-30-2009, 10:21 PM
Are there any eels that can fit into a 55 gallon? Liveaquaria says they only get to about 2 feet and can fit in a 50 gallon.

04-30-2009, 10:27 PM
Peacock eels would be a good fit for your tank.They get a max size of a foot long and although not as pretty as a fire eel thats kind of a moot point with eels anyway due to the fact that you will seldom see them.I have not seen my peacock [willingly on his part] for over a week.I actually went in looking for his body yesterday but saw his tail go under a log.

04-30-2009, 10:49 PM
your biggest problem will be keeping him in the tank

04-30-2009, 10:57 PM
I have a clear sheet of plexy glass over the tank with my hood sitting on it. No holes or anything and if it was a real concern I could duck tape the top down lol.

04-30-2009, 11:11 PM
i have a fire eel, only about 4" right now, in a 37 gallon.
He is happy playing in the bubbles all day, he was introduced after the angelfish (2 gold, 1 half black) and never have any problems.

04-30-2009, 11:45 PM
your biggest problem will be keeping him in the tank
I looked for mine tonight again,he doesnt bury himself like there said to.Mine cocoons himself in the leaves of my swords,I was worried he wasnt eating but he has a fat ole belly.Good looking critter.

05-01-2009, 03:56 AM
The eel in my avatar, Tanganykian plagiostoma would fit in a 55, but they aren't often available. There's a seller on aquabid who has them listed for $100 each, which is a high selling price, about double what they go for from other sellers when available. They do need hard water, but they don't burrow in the substrate like most species. They max out around 8". My pair has spawned a number of times, but the eggs are eaten by the male shortly after they're finished.

05-01-2009, 04:09 AM
Peacock eels would be a good choice for a 55 long. It would fit in perfectly and behaves a lot like a fire eel. The only main differences is the size and the coloration. I would take a peacock, I think it would fit your setup better.