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    Quote Originally Posted by amiidae View Post
    huh ? are those eyes or just some black pigmentation ?
    both sides have the same red spots at the suppose eye location.
    So I reckon they are eyes.

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    Some interesting images & info I've received fm Glaser.



    One expects blind species of fish from cave systems or the deep sea. But in the rapids of the lower Congo river not less than 5 different species of blind fish exist (among them the only blind species of cichlid of the World, Lamprologus lethops) - and nobody can explain why these fish are blind. One of them is Caecomastacembelus brichardi, which we were able to import once more after many years.



    The scientific paper, in which the Blind Spiny Eel is described, is accompanied by a biotope photo. Here one can see large rocks, sometimes protruding from the water, and it is in crevices among these that the Blind Spiny Eel prefers to live.

    The species grows to about 15 cm in length (the largest specimen in the type series was 11 cm long); its colour varies from snow-white to a whitish grey, and it prefers a diet of worms and frozen foods. It is important that the food has a strong aroma.



    Against conspecifics the fish is completely peaceful. In general, spiny eels are peaceful fish that ignore other species as long as they don´t serve as food.
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    As what we've discussed, they do get bulbous around the eye area with age... The larger specimen is really attractive.

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    ya, more clean as they grew and the bulging part looks like those mature Gymnallabes typus.
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    Update of my eel.



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    Bro amiidae, judging by how many exotics pop into your collection...you must have like a million tanks at home by now! hahaha.
    Very intriguing eel you have there too!

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    Thanks. I just happened to have a few small tanks. LOL !!

    Glad you like them. I am very tempted to get an albino Kuhli Loach to comm them.
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    Re-start again... pre-ordered 3 fm JZX...

    Did this set up with the water level abt 2 inches lower than the rainbar outlet creating some current in the water.


    just released in tank... each still picking their spot...




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    They all started taking frozen BW & mysis shrimps this morning.
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    Found an interesting article fm the net.

    Molecular phylogenetics reveals convergent evolution in lower Congo River spiny eels



    Source & see the full paper --> http://academicworks.cuny.edu/cgi/vi...ontext=yc_pubs
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