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pauly187
06-27-2010, 4:47 PM
well ill make this short
my fire eel is in a 6ft long by 2feet high and 19inch depth tank about 135 gallons give or tank haha
everyone says im not over stocked with my current stock list which is as followed
1 fire eel
1 oscar
1 comman pleco
but will the fire eel need a bigger tank
and if so doesnt this mean im over stocked?
i no the comman pleco may need a bigger tank down the road
idk im a little commfussed hoping you guys can help out
oh ps:
filtration is
1 AC110
1 FX5
soon to be 2 fx5 in the next month or so
so i should be running two fx5's and dumping the 110

pauly187
06-27-2010, 4:49 PM
http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m138/rigopee/GetAttachment-2.jpg

dbcb314
06-27-2010, 6:50 PM
That tank looks empty.. if your filtration is holding up your are not overstocked.

Now in the future the tank my be too small for both the oscar and eel (2 foot wide is what I see for minimum) but right now it seems fine

Big Dog
06-27-2010, 7:08 PM
You need more fish.

Loves severums
06-27-2010, 8:15 PM
get a ray. :D

pauly187
06-27-2010, 8:30 PM
ya i should
but its for the best cause im planning for when the fish are full grown then it wont look so empty
a 12inch oscar
a 3ft fire eel
and a 19inch pleco
will the tank up pretty quick i think

tbonewarrior
06-29-2010, 11:56 AM
This is exactly the setup I have been looking to switch to down the road, but idk if the fire eel could stay in my 135 when it is bigger. All the sites say 180 or bigger, but I have been looking at peoples' setups on here, and no one seems to have them in tanks that big for the most part... Any more input for paulie and myself?

Loves severums
06-29-2010, 1:49 PM
ya i should
but its for the best cause im planning for when the fish are full grown then it wont look so empty
a 12inch oscar
a 3ft fire eel
and a 19inch pleco
will the tank up pretty quick i think
or u could do 2 bichir.

devder1
06-29-2010, 1:52 PM
fire eel will need an upgrade soon

pauly187
06-29-2010, 9:09 PM
when you say soon
HOW soon?
to mean hes fine for the next year
i wasnt thinking of upgrading for at least another year
hes not a fast grower
like an oscar fish would be
i can maintain water quality so far with ease
just wondering?
also
why is it that ppl say a 180 for a fire eel?
is this for bio resons and being able to maintain water quality
if this is the case then you would need a larger tank than 180 if you want tank mates right?

Just Toby
06-30-2010, 3:16 PM
If you do not add more fish then both fish could live out their lives perfectly in that tank. A 3 ft fire eel would be happy in that tank as long as the water quality is good enough.

Just keep up the water changes.

I would much rather a marginal tank on size and good filtration and water quality than anything else.:D

jclyde13
06-30-2010, 8:25 PM
ya i should
but its for the best cause im planning for when the fish are full grown then it wont look so empty
a 12inch oscar
a 3ft fire eel
and a 19inch pleco
will the tank up pretty quick i think
I agree, you shouldn't add too many more fish to your tank. I'm not sure about that tank size for the eel though, with only a 19" height, that tank may be too shallow for the eel once it is 30"+. I'd say for the height of a tank for a fire eel, you shouldn't go any less that 24".

pauly187
06-30-2010, 8:34 PM
the hight of the tank is 24"
the depth is 19"
and legth is 6ft
:grinno:
im thinking im good for another year
the fire eel is getting more fat than anything right now
he is slow on growing in length

jclyde13
06-30-2010, 8:45 PM
the hight of the tank is 24"
the depth is 19"
and legth is 6ft
:grinno:
im thinking im good for another year
the fire eel is getting more fat than anything right now
he is slow on growing in length
Oh, well tbh that's even worse, you definitely don't have a year before you'll need to upgrade, at most, you have about 4 more months. I wouldn't put any fire eel past 24" in any less than a 24" width.

devder1
06-30-2010, 8:53 PM
Oh, well tbh that's even worse, you definitely don't have a year before you'll need to upgrade, at most, you have about 4 more months. I wouldn't put any fire eel past 24" in any less than a 24" width.
lol took the words out of my mouth

dvega
06-30-2010, 8:54 PM
i will buy that fire eel from you

pauly187
06-30-2010, 9:09 PM
you wana bye my fire eel?
lol
cant be serious right
alright guys i guese ill start looking now rather than later!!!!
cause i no its gunna take me a while to find me a good deal and i dont wana go out and bye the first thing i see

pauly187
06-30-2010, 9:11 PM
and when you guys are saying he needs a 180 gallons
is it for bio load or just room that he needs?
no one ever seemed to answer this for me

devder1
06-30-2010, 9:12 PM
you wana bye my fire eel?
lol
cant be serious right
alright guys i guese ill start looking now rather than later!!!!
cause i no its gunna take me a while to find me a good deal and i dont wana go out and bye the first thing i see
or you could rehome the eel and get another fish that can live comfortably in the current tank you have now

Loves severums
06-30-2010, 9:17 PM
and when you guys are saying he needs a 180 gallons
is it for bio load or just room that he needs?
no one ever seemed to answer this for me
yes a fire eel will need a 180 or 200gal they get up to 40"

pauly187
06-30-2010, 9:27 PM
ok so a 180 for a fire eel alone then if you want tank mates your looking at a 200 plus gallon tank!!!
cant rehome the fire eel
its my baby
thing cost me an arm and leg to get at 17inchs = 90 bucks
yes i no alot but to me so worth it

jclyde13
07-01-2010, 9:33 PM
and when you guys are saying he needs a 180 gallons
is it for bio load or just room that he needs?
no one ever seemed to answer this for me
Both, really. A large eel would have trouble moving around in a tank with > a 24" width, and the larger volume of water would also help you handle the bio load.

jclyde13
07-01-2010, 9:38 PM
ok so a 180 for a fire eel alone then if you want tank mates your looking at a 200 plus gallon tank!!!

Well imo, you could get away with just a 180 gallon for your current stock as long as you are able to keep up with maintenance and can keep your water parameters stable, but like I said before, larger would be better.