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On 6/8/2023 at 2:45 PM, xXInkedPhoenixX said:

 WHOA! How friggin cool is that?!

What do they eat?

He eats frozen brine shrimp, blood worms, VibraBites, Bug Bites, and his very favorite, all the neocaradina shrimp in the tank.

On 6/8/2023 at 2:47 PM, Dans-Fish said:

Now that is one fat and sassy eel!

Yes he is. Definitely my most favorite  fish ever. Thank you.

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So it turns out this thing is actually a pig. He never stops wanting to eat, and that fat belly shows it. He has already cleaned out all my shrimp. I do add more from other tanks as I can, because it's his favorite treat. Now all of a sudden he has figured out that those snails are gourmet food. There are almost none of those left either. He has wasted no time growing to full size for this species. He was four inches when I got him, now he is a bit over seven inches. Here's a few pics of a great pet.20230717_144109.jpg.c2d56383611c7d7293ce11c3fb08d02c.jpg20230717_144316.jpg.4f09896e3712b3c264e132583fd0a570.jpg20230717_144322.jpg.9365a678fd5bc5fc87a8db37751c4720.jpg

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On 7/17/2023 at 10:55 PM, Beardedbillygoat1975 said:

Pig or no gorgeous creature. Is this one of the “dwarf” varieties? 

Yes, it's a dwarf variety.  Seven inches is supposed to be as large as they get. As quickly as this guy reached that size though, I wonder. If it gets substantially  larger than this I will report on it here.

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On 9/22/2023 at 9:57 AM, mynameisnobody said:

@DaveO any updates on the dwarf red tail eel? I’ve been eyeing these for months, but haven’t pulled the trigger yet. Has it grown any larger? How is he with tankmates that don’t fit in its mouth? How often does it hide? Hope all is going well with it. 

I don't have any good recent photos to share, but I did get a good measure on him just a few days ago. He is 8" long and nice and plump. As Dan would say "fat and sassy". Jonny said that this is about what they expected for growth. I do believe the eel is done with his growth spurt now as I have not noticed any growth for a while. 

I keep him in a 40 breeder with a dozen orange Bolivian tetras, four zebra otos, five orange Venezuelan corys, four large amano shrimp and lots of neo shrimp and snails. I think that's all.

He is 100% peaceful with all the fishes, but is definitely a death threat to all neo shrimp and snails. He is good with plants, but will occasionally break a stem here and there because he swims in and around them alot. As far as hiding goes, I would say he is in the back where you don't see him alot of the time. He is also right out front where you do see him alot. He definitely is not afraid of people. He will eat out of your hand if you want. This can be good or bad. When your arm is in there he might try to grab it. I think he thinks my arm is a big juicy worm or something. It doesn't hurt at all but is startling at first. Once I was trimming plants and as I started to close the scissors he shoved his nose right in there. Thankfully I didn't snip the scizzor  closed.

If you have the tank for one or many of these eels, I would highly recommend  them. They are super fun.

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