FIRE EEL

Practical Fishkeeping (UK) - - SPECIES SHOWCASE -

Sci­en­tific name: Mas­tacem­belus

ery­thro­tae­nia

Pro­nun­ci­a­tion: Mast-ah-sem-bel-us

Erith-roe-tain-ee-ah

Size: 100cm

Ori­gin: Asia: Wide­spread from Myan­mar

to In­done­sia (inc Bor­neo and Su­ma­tra) Habi­tat: Slug­gish wa­ters, flooded fields and slow-mov­ing rivers. En­joy bur­row­ing in muddy sub­strates

Tank size: 150x60x45cm

Wa­ter re­quire­ments: 6.0-7.0 ph,

5-12°H

Tem­per­a­ture: 24-28°C Tem­per­a­ment: Peace­ful, but will con­sume small fish. Pos­si­bly ag­gres­sive to­ward con­specifics Feed­ing: Mainly car­niv­o­rous – sink­ing pel­lets, frozen My­sis, Krill, prawns, mus­sels, Lance fish, earth­worms. Some will ac­cept veg­eta­bles, though it’s rare Avail­abil­ity and cost: Read­ily avail­able; from £10 for small spec­i­mens

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