Scientific Name: Mastacembelus erythrotaenia
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Approximate purchase size : 13 - 15cm
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How easy are they to care for?
We would class these as a medium level of care.
How large can they grow?
They can reach a length up to 100cm, although this is rarely seen in aquariums.
Where in the world are they from?
Fire eels are found throughout Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and Malaysia
What is the ideal number to keep together?
Can be kept in groups as juveniles but adults should be kept alone.
What water conditions do they require?
Soft slow moving water is ideal with a pH of 6.0 - 7.0 and will accept temperatures from 24 - 28 degrees celcius.
What should you feed them?
Juveniles should be fed on a varied diet of sinking frozen foods. Adults may grow to accept sinking pellets, but meaty foods such as cockles will be more readily accepted.
How compatible are they with other fish?
Generally very peaceful with fish that are too large to be seen as food items.
Can they be bred in captivity?
They have been bred in captivity, however this is largely accidental and not a process many people try and achieve.