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Fire Eel (Mastacembelus erthrotaenia)

The Fire Eel or Mastacembelus erthrotaenia is a freshwater fish that is found in places like Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Thailand, Viet Nam. It is also a fairly popular aquarium eel. The Fire Eel is considered to be quite intelligent and has the ability to distinguish its owner from other people. It can also be taught to eat right out of your hand! Fire eels are carnivorous and should be fed tubifex, fish, brine shrimp, mosquito larvae, bloodworms, or mussels. You can check out the Fire Eel feeding from its owners hand in the video below...

These fish will often bury themselves in the sand in the wild so be sure to take this into consideration before purchasing this eel. They have a tendency to dig up plants and rearrange your tank a bit so be aware. They also require a larger aquarium as they can grow to about 2' in length. The Fire Eel should be in a water temperature of 75-82° F, and a PH level of 6.8-7.2. One last thing to note is that you should make sure you have a tight lid on your aquarium, this fish will try and escape!

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