Blue Ribbon Eel-anyone keeping one?

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  1. 4age

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    hi guys..before I start off I know these fish are one of the more difficult species to keep due t o difficulties with feeding etc..I have been reading up on these n have seen some success stories..any1 keeping one here on the forum?

    I am contemplating buying one..I see the eels are black when younger..will I stand more chance of success if I buy a juvi?

    interestingly. .ppl who had success all seem to have used those feeding tongs in their efforts. .with some even believing that the tongs looked very familiar in shape to an eel with its mouth open..crazy stuff

    any input/advice will be appreciated
     
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    Feeding is not an issue in keeping ribbons. The biggest issue is making the DT ribbon eel safe. You cannot have any flow pumps exposed. The eel simply just get sucked into the tiniest suction point and becomes a few hour job in undoing the mess. This means, and I recommend a closed loop system.

    I have never had one die from a feeding issue. All have been from wound up in pumps, blocked the overflow( slimline or normal), climbed into the T5 Lights or carpet surfed.
     
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    i had kept one for a long time, till it went down a hose that was sifening water out for a big water change. i also found mine on the carpet once but it servived that, don't know how long it was there for. i had gaws over my overflow and modified my canopy .

    the other problem i had was that i came home one day to all my clowns missing and a ribbon with clown fish shapes in his boddy, at that time i was sad for loosing the clowns but glad that he was eating something as mine was a bit more difficult with feeding. after that he would eat calamarie of a sosatie stick. you can also feed it some live mollies as they do servive in the salt water. awsome fish though, when it swims it looks like the ribbon jimnasts use in there floor routines, realy a stunning fish.
     
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    @dv8..wat size was the eel wen u bought it..was it still black or showing blue colours .I also have netting over overflow pipe..have sunsun wave makers which have tiny outlets compared to vortech etc..not sure if eel can get sucked in..
     
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    Sun sun vents way too big.
     
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    @nemosjanitor..any suggestions on how to make sunsuns eel safe? I can try to wrap wavemakers in netting.

    rest if my tank is fairly eel safe..have glass covers on tank
     
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    I have not kept one myself, but i did have a big interest in them a couple years ago when i was still actively diving.
    I always took the dives where they are known to be found...
    The biggest surprise i got about them was that a ribbon eel as thick as my thumb was longer than i was with my flippers on!!! When you see them only sticking their heads out, you would never guess their true lenghts!
    Here is a picture of the one that was so long...
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    Absolutely one of the most beautiful marine fish!
     
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    A diver calling fins flippers. :eek:. Going to cost you....
     
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    Lol, just shows you how long its been since i last had a good diving trip!
     
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    mine was blue already, and i have a closed loop so i can't coment on the sun sun bit
     
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    just came across this old thread of mine..i bought eel and it is doing very well..have it eating lancefish..waiting for it to start changing colour now..i noticed that the yellow on the tip of its mouth has increased in colour so hoping for the best..
     
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    sounds like it is doing good. post some pics before we believe you though:p
     
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    NICE! Can you perhaps explain how you "eel proved" the tank?
    How long have you had it & how did you get it to eat?

    Any pictures?
     
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    @Visser..the eel is in my 2m angelfish tank..so no corals..which means i can keep glass slides on top of tank..i wrapped the flow pumps in netting (Looks very K@K so i have to still redo it) and have mesh over my overflow..im super paranoid about leaving top open after i feed and constantly check it to make sure i have no gaps..i have seen this eel stick its head almost 15cm out of the water while trying to escape from holding tank one day..had it for few months now..here is a link to my thread with pics and clip on how i got eel onto frozen food..

    http://www.marineaquariumsa.com/showthread.php?t=33890&page=5
     
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    Cool, thanks for sharing!
     
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    thanks for the share @4age
     
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    LOL, nice video! Is that a black molly?
    It took him a while to spot the molly... Weird. Would have thought he would catch it straight away!
    How long did it take to learn him to take frozen foods?
     
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    Yep..black molly..these eels are very finicky..if it doesn't wna eat it wont show any interest in food..almost like its blind or just too lazy.lol

    mine took frozen food a week or so after it started live food..i read about a guy whose eels ate after he created a feeding frenzy in his tank with all the other fish..in my case I had a few fish trying to get to the frozen lancefish..and then the eel grabbed it and pulled it into the pipe..i feed it every few days..but had a period of four weeks when it refused to eat and then started again..apparently they known to do that as well
     
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    very awesome vid man. love it where he got to the molly. almost cracked open from laughter as i found it funny
     
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    Go download Sea Of Creepy Monsters if you thought that was funny. Banggai cardinal massacre.
     
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