Well, I have a bit of a sad story to tell first. I had a wonderful tire track eel for a little bit over a month and I can definitely say he was the most interesting fish I had ever owned.
Unfortunately he came down with what I think might have been Velvet, but what may very well have been a bacterial infection. Nonetheless, I caught it too late and he passed away last night.
I would like to figure out what it was that killed him and what i can do to prevent it in the future.
These videos showed very bizarre behavior that concerned me greatly. Take a look at let me know if you have any information about what might have done this to him.
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This eel was an impulse buy while shopping at PetCo but I would love to replace him with another.
Doing some research on eels to make sure I do it right this time, I came across a large number of testimonials saying how fun and "interactive" fire eels are. I've seen videos of the fire eels wrapping themselves around their owner's wrists and generally just having a good time.
While my tire track eel did eat out of my hand, he had not shown any signs of playfulness, he was still very skittish. Is this a trait of tire track eels?
Will a tire track eel be just as interactive as the fire eels I mentioned?
In addition to this, I would like to know what type of environment I should be keeping these eels in. I know I will need to upgrade to a 150gallon tank within a year or so of owning one, but I figure that keeping him in a 46 gallon while he is a juvenile should be fine. I have sand, but I'm not sure if it's soft enough for an eel. I'll come back later with the specific product I'm using.
Help me out guys, I'm relatively new to this but eager to learn. I just want the best for my fish.