shows two Electric Eels that seem
to be rubbing on each other and
enjoying each others company.
has a long fin along
the underside of its body, and the
undulating movement of this fin
propels the Eel forward and backward.
method of swimming is quite different
from most other fish.
Click on the images
naturally live in dark murky water with low
levels of oxygen. The aquarium in the video
shown above has dim lighting to simulate the
Electric Eel's natural environment.
Scientific Name: Electrophorus electricus
Electric Eels can see quite well with their
eyes, but adults see very little or perhaps
nothing at all. As Electric Eels grow larger,
they are able to generate stronger electric
fields in the water surrounding their bodies.
They use these electric field to gather information
about their environment, to defend themselves,
and to kill small fish. Their electric organs
can generate up to 600 volts and a current of
up to 1 amp.
An Electric Eel must take a fresh gulp of air
into its mouth from the surface of the water
every few minutes. Inside the Eel's mouth are
special tissues that can absorb oxygen.
Incidentally, we have sold very few Electric
Eels, and we generally do not recommend them
except to large public aquariums.
large aquarium with at least 100 gallons of
exterior power filter with a BIO-Wheel,
and a maximum of 1/4 inch of
gravel. The water temperature should be
between 75 and 80 degrees F. Click
here for more information about warm water
Electric Eels eat smaller fish. Click
here for general information about feeding
Eels are not compatible with other species of
fish. Adult Electric Eels are rather tolerant
of each other, but young Electric Eels often
fight among themselves. Click
here to read more about several other groups
of compatible fish.
Size and Lifespan
Electric Eels grow to a maximum size of about
8-feet long. Their lifespan is not known to
us, but it is probably many years.
Links to other
here to go to another web page with more
information about Electric Eels. Click
here to see an interesting picture from
that web site.
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