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Electric Eels
     
  This video shows two Electric Eels that seem to be rubbing on each other and enjoying each others company.  

 

      
Each Electric Eel has a long fin along the underside of its body, and the undulating movement of this fin propels the Eel forward and backward.
     
This method of swimming is quite different from most other fish.
 
 
Electric Eels 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

     

Comments
Young 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.

 

Appropriate Home
A very large aquarium with at least 100-gallons of water, an 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 aquariums.

 

Recommended Diet
Electric Eels eat smaller fish. Click here for general information about feeding fish.

 

Compatibility
Electric 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 Web Sites
Click 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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