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Desolas

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is it a green wolf eel?

Yes it is. Best Eel I've ever had (or seen) it's always out, anytime there is movement near the tank it comes out to find out what's going on.
 

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very cool. eels creep me out but that one seems less intimidating being out and about. there's just something about that face and the gaping mouth peeking out of a crevice in the rocks that makes me freak.
 

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Yeah it's kind of creepy whenever I put something in the tank, it immediately rushes out and strikes it. When I was adding the feather dusters to the tank it came out of nowhere and ripped part of the crown off one. It's also randomly been attacking the Xenia.

When I clean the tank I've got to do it fast and keep my hand moving otherwise it will try to size up my fingers and get a good angle. It can't do any damage, but it's kind of disconcerting when your aquarium animals are sizing up the best way to eat you.
 

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Desolas said:
but it's kind of disconcerting when your aquarium animals are sizing up the best way to eat you.
That's funny!.

is that eel full grown?

Lexi, eels creep you out unless they are out in the open?
That seems opposite of what i would expect.
If they creep you out, wouldn't you want them to stay hidden?
 

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Yea Wolf eels creep me out to, lol I got attacked by a 7 footer while diving, damm thing swallowed my whole face, and scared the living crap out of me. As it gets bigger its head will look more and more like an old man with alot of wrinkles. The reason they strike out so much is that they are almost completely blind.
I have never seen one in an aquarium before, kinda neat. Keep us updated on it.

Mike
 

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The reason they strike out so much is that they are almost completely blind.
This type of eel has pretty good eye sight, I would consider it above average compared to other fish I've kept. It is pretty aggressive though, and since it has associated anything entering the tank as food, and it associates my hand with food, it assumes what I'm holding is edible from the way it reacts. If I leave my hand still in the water it will come around to where the tips of my fingers are and wait for something to drop.

Also the tank is about 3' from our 45g freshwater tank, it can clearly see the fish in the other tank and will often dart towards the tank when the neon cardinals swim by. It also follows the cat toys around the room when I'm playing fetch with my cat.

I moved my Flame Angel into the same tank with it, surprisingly the eel struck at the angel once, but the angel has the eel cowed. It turns sideways towards the eel and flashes towards it, the eel doesn't even look at the angel anymore.

From all of the information I've been able to find about them, they only grow to around 18", so it maybe has another 7-9" to go, pictures of full grown adults of this type appear to look more like stretched out groupers as adults than looking like a eel. It will develope a large forehead and almost hump back, like a freshwater clown knifefish, or panther grouper. Not as pretty as a moray, but fine in it's own right.
 

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