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« on: June 12, 2008, 03:57:37 PM »

anyone know how much electricity an electric eel produces. im thinking of getting a load and putting them in a tank in my lounge to power my lights etc.How do you get the wires stuck to the slimy tails.

yes, i know im crazy......or am i?
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« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2008, 04:00:13 PM »

probably work better than a Swindlesave.......... chocolateteapot
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« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2008, 08:25:05 PM »

500 Volts at 1 Amp but only for 2 milliseconds at a time and the charge will dissipate through the water. You'll need a lot of eels and a big tank.

I'm also not sure if the eels would give off a charge when they know that other eels are close by.

Perhaps keeping them out of a water tank, maybe strapped to a plywood board, and just spraying them with a fine water mist might work - they breathe air anyway.

How are you going to feed them?
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« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2008, 09:21:00 PM »

Guy's having just been resuscitated, I can assure you electric eels are not easy to handle...  Also they are not compatible with bio fuels.  After the severe shock, causing involuntary release of said eel into our ethanol tank, we will be clearing the crater where our bio ethanol plant used to be...  Thank goodness the blast threw me well clear of the ensuing inferno  flyingpig  The cooked eel was delicious however.


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« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2008, 11:41:46 AM »

i thought i would feed them on minced Gordon Brown, probably too much hot air in it though

hot air.....now theres a thought
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« Reply #5 on: June 14, 2008, 01:35:48 PM »

Would you not feed them on currents!!!!
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« Reply #6 on: June 14, 2008, 02:48:09 PM »

saw a programme about glow worms the other day    started to get excited until they said they only glow in the mating season    perhaps a bit of disecting is needed to find out why      whats the answer Ted
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« Reply #7 on: June 14, 2008, 03:47:30 PM »

Females glow in order to attract mates and I would guess this is triggered by hormones and seasonal climate.

I think the best approach would be to get several million glow-worms, extract the relevant active chemicals (or maybe even find an alternate source) and produce the light quite separate from the insects.

A google on bioluminescence should turn up a few pointers. There are lots of other possibilities apart from glow-worms even bacteria.
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