Eel's pro vs. con

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  1. Evo R

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    Hey guys

    Im seriosly considering getting a snowflake/dwarf eel.
    But first i would like to know the pro's vs. the con's of keeping them.

    Eg. What size tank?
    What filtration?
    How many can i keep together?
    Feeding?

    If i do get it/they will be in there own tank.

    Any advise or personal experience will help alot.
    I did do some reading on the web but got alot of mixed feelings about them.
    Some say they are good to have, others say they are nightmares!
     
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  3. Tremayn

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    I don't think you need a very big tank as they mostly hide in the rocks. They are predators I believe so you will have all the usual predator considerations to bare in mind
     
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    They can get pretty big length wise...so thats always a factor. Tight lids are a must, they will eat your inverts for sure like shrimps and hermits, small fish may also fall prey to them. They can also be very difficult to get to start taking prepared foods...I think the snowflake eel would be your best bet here while the ribbon eels although beautiful are particularly difficult to get onto prepared foods I have been told.

    If you are going the Eel route and can feed and accommodate them how about going for some garden eels...they are definately something I would set up a speciality tank for.
     
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    Definately have to go specialist tank as they have very bad table manners .... You will have very high nutrient levels and you need more than a decent skimmer as they produce alot of waste ..... The tank also needs too be pretty much sealed as they put harry houdini to shame when it comes to escaping ..... Above advice also pretty much sums it up... Get yourself a leopard moray eel .... he will only get to about 20 feet:lol:
     
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    LOL

    Yeah have seen some HUGE eels while diving, awesome crittes, but dont think I will ever keep them in a tank :p
     
  8. richardmatlock

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    Also eels (esp. Gymnothorax and Echidna familys) are VERY social. Since you'll do all the work to "baby-proof" a system, it's normally worth while to keep 2 or 3 eels. Apart from the Houdini thing, they are indestructible and long-lived (14 years was my record before he was donated to the local public aquarium. A good skimmer is a must and either have massive crustaceans (I have a couple of hockey-ball sized hermits as CUC in with the eels) or none at all. Here are my current 2 -
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    The Snowflake is 5 years old (1m or so )and the geometric I caught last month (35cm - sorry about the kak pic)
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    As far as peaceful goes, they share a tank with a picasso trigger, pyroferous surgeon, large damsel, squirrelfish and a couple of large urchins. Wrasse are never an option with eels.
     
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    dude
    if you are interested i have a honeycomb eel, its super beautiful and tamed, eats off my hand, let me know if you interested and you can have it at a good price
     
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    i have a snowflake eel in my DT with all my other fish... IMO they are harmless and the only other fish that has troubles with him is my LM Blennie, because they always try to share the same caves....

    The snowflake has shocking eye sight... I reckon... and uses smell to find his chow in the tank, so that is why he doesn't both my other fish...

    Due to his blindness he does get bluksumed by my Cerianthus on occasions which causes him to swim around like mad, he has leant now though and doesn't get stung too much anymore.

    He has an awesome character and is beautiful to watch and does indeed attract attention of friends viewing the tank.
     
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    My cleaner wrasse loves my eel, they never have beef with each other.. my cleaner spends most his time on the eel... i suppose it is like a mile long buffet for him...
     
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    So if i do go with a eel only tank,what size is min?
    How often do you guys feed your eel's and what "live" food do you guys feed?
     
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    Depends on your morals, buddy of mine (deceased now) had a 2m long moray in a 1.2mx0.4mx0.4m. Monty was his name (the snowflake not the buddy) and he seemed "happy" for the 16 years that he spent in the tank.

    Live-food - I feed live prawns (sand and mud), glass shrimps (un-eaten = CUC) and swimming prawns (paenid shrimps - the ones you eat in a restaurant). I've kept occies and cuttlefish and am too soft to feed them live to the eels. Best to check on which species you want to keep as they have different diets, my two eat primarily crustaceans in the wild but honeycombs are specifically fond of cephalopods and other nastier ones that I've kept like only fish.

    Most eels are VERY easy to feed dead food to (depending on your time and the tankmates).
     
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    i feed mine cocktail prawns, calamari and mussels... he chows spaaaaans
     
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    Sorry about the low res...

    A guy i spoke to a couple days ago told me he heard you can't keep a cleaner shrimp and an eel to gether...

    well suffice to say i found my cleaner shrimp this morning in my eels mouth... doing he job! (he wasn't becoming prey)

    unfortunately he was out by the time i got the camera there

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    sms'd you
     
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    I dont know if this is as remarkeble as your cleaner shrimp episode, but a while back i was at the two oceans aquarium in cape town. There i saw in a predator tank with huge moray eels and very agro triggers, and two little cleaner wrasses REALLY living up to their name!

    My gf freaking out as she saw this tiny little fishy(cleaner wrasse) swimming into the mouth of this huge eel(i recon my fist will fit in his mouth). Then coming out of its gil and then returning to peck at more stuff in its mouth. This went on for say 20 min or so, then to my surprise the huge eel makes a duck and next its this (bad a$$) trigger who was bullying all the other triggers around, coming in for a cleaning! I saw how this little wrasse cleaned in and around the mouth,gills and even around the eyes of this big trigger all while the trigger just stood there waiting for the wrasse to finish.

    Sometimes its trully amazing to see how nature works!!
     
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    Obviously cleaners (wrasse and shrimp) are fine. I've also caught both sheltering on big morays in the past...
     
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