Freshwater Black Spotted Eel Help

  1. Neji Member Member

    Hello,

    I just bought a freshwater black spotted eel a few days ago, and I also bought in with them live ghost shrimp.

    Currently it hasn't been bothering my tetras or angels or my fire mouth cichlid (they've been ignoring each other) and anyways... I don't know if the black spotted eels are fast enough to catch live shrimp? I hear that they like to eat worms like freeze dried or frozen worms. My angels aren't big enough to eat the shrimp. I have a different tank that is a hospital tank for any sick or injured fish. Currently it's a 10 gallon tank occupied by my severum, his scales have been ripped a bit and are slowly repairing itself nicely, and now has the strength to chase and eat some of my ghost shrimp :) so he's going to be in the tank for another month or so.

    I also need to find out how big the black spotted eels grow up to. I hope they are pure freshwater fish species. I heard that the freshwater moray eel is a true freshwater fish specie, which I hope it is since it can stay with freshwater fishes :)

    Please help!

    Thanks!
     
  2. Toddnbecka Member Member

    Never heard of a blackspotted eel before. Is it a spiney eel (pointy snout like peacock, tiretrack, and fire eels)? If so, it's a FW fish, and will probably grow fairly large.
    If it looks like a moray eel then it will need brackish water, possibly even full SW when it grows larger.
     

  3. iloveengl Well Known Member Member

    Freshwater moray eels are not fw; they're brackish: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/predatory/freshwatermoray.php

    The black spotted eel, which is not the same as the fw moray eel, does appear to be fw: http://animal-world.com/encyclo/fresh/Eels/BlackSpottedEel.php and it looks like it will grow a couple feet long, needs live/thawed meaty foods, and soft substrate.

    Hope that helps. :happy0034:

    Edit: Is your severum in a 10g long term? According to what I've read, these fish grow large quite rapidly and need lots of room to swim (at least 55g). I'd be worried the severum would become stressed and pick on the eel. :( How did the eel get injured to start?
     

  4. Neji Member Member

    Thanks :) I have live shrimp, I hope he will eat it. He's only 5" long right now still small :) in fact he was the smallest one in the store :) so I bought him.

    And the eel didn't get injured from the start, it was the severum. I had a large angelfish in with my other fishes before and he was a bit aggressive so I put in a severum (pet store people said they have a good temperment with each other) so then the angel wounded the severum and then I ended up having to put him in the 10 gallon hospital tank treating the wounds. Then my old heater went crazy and heated the water up to 40ºC so then nearly all of my fishes died.
     

  5. Ryno Member Member

    If it gets to be very long before your eel eats I would recommend picking up some small feeder fish. I would hate to see your eel starve to death.