Electric Eel (Electrophorus electricus)


One of the most iconic fish species of the Amazon, the Electric Eel is not a true eel but a knifefish – the only one in its family capable of delivering a powerful electrical shock. In the wild, these fish tend to be found in shallow, slow moving waters with lots of cover in the form of vegetation or fallen branches. Their electrical organ is used as both a defense mechanism against predators and to stun prey items. In the aquarium, electric eels are fairly hardy, but due to their huge adult size and dangerous shock they should only be kept by experienced hobbyists with a dedicated, large aquarium designed around this fish’s special requirements. Larger fish should be treated with extreme caution.

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Electric Eel (Electrophorus electricus)

Origin: Wild Peru
Locale: Rio Amazonas outside Iquitos
Diet: Invertebrates and fish, will take a variety of frozen foods in the aquarium
Adult Size:  40″+
Recommended Tank Size: 300 gallon
Compatibility: Best kept on its own in a species tank. Any tankmates are likely to fall victim to its powerful electrical discharge
Preferred Water Parameters
pH:                          6.2 – 7.2
Temp:                     76-82F
Ammonia:              0ppm
Nitrite:                    0ppm
Nitrate:                  <30ppm

Shipping Note:

Due to their large size and the need for special packaging, Large, Extra Large, and Jumbo Sized Electric Eels are not eligible for flat rate overnight shipping. We strongly recommend shipping very large fish via air cargo whenever possible. Please contact us for a quote or for more information.