Experiences with New Zealand eels?

Mister-Blister

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The longfin eel (Anguilla dieffenbachii) to be more precise. Has anyone here kept them, or knows anyone who does? I am interested in experiences with them.
 

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A little lemon and butter, wrap in tinfoil and place in the embers of a bonfire for few hours....

Being a NZer that's my main experience with our eels! They can get incredibly tame even in the wild, there's one on a mtb trail I've ridden that's been there for well over ten years and always comes up to beg for some food when you stop. It's at least a metre long and as thick as your arm. I imagine in a suitable tank (big, well filtered, cool water) they could make good pets but IMO they're probably best left in the wild.

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Mister-Blister

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A little lemon and butter, wrap in tinfoil and place in the embers of a bonfire for few hours....

Being a NZer that's my main experience with our eels! They can get incredibly tame even in the wild, there's one on a mtb trail I've ridden that's been there for well over ten years and always comes up to beg for some food when you stop. It's at least a metre long and as thick as your arm. I imagine in a suitable tank (big, well filtered, cool water) they could make good pets but IMO they're probably best left in the wild.

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They are pretty resilient. I had the chance of seeing australian longfins up close, very bold and with scary feeding response
 
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