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You never know what might be hidden in someone's house. For one particular home owner, Nick Tobler, his house secretly is the  location of an eel pit. It might seem a little far fetched, however,  Tobler assures you  the pit is real.

He shared captivating videos online showing the eels and other aquatic creatures living in the pit. The vignettes show how much he cares for the eels, crabs, char and snails and how he tends to this unique addition to his home. Fortunately, while this may seem like an unusual and costly endeavor, Tobler didn't have to excavate part of his home to place the eel pit. "This is the underground rainwater cistern that came with the house," he tells another media outlet.

"It was originally built in 1958 and has stood idle since then. It originally provided drinking water for the house before city water appeared in it. Before the cistern became an eel pit, it had been empty for the last 15 or 20 years."

When looking at the house, Tobler saw more opportunities with the cistern than most people would. He immediately knew what he wanted to do. “I've always kept exotic fish and all kinds of exotic animals, so when I moved into the house, I knew right away that I was going to make a fish pond out of it. and I always  wanted to keep eels in the pond."

Tobler started with some minnows, crabs and goldfish and added seven American eels in late spring 2022. He generously shares his knowledge and regularly organises field trips for his social media fans around the world. 

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