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Snowflake eel care

Discussion in 'Fish' started by BrianH, Sep 8, 2017.

  1. BrianH

    BrianH Prawn Staff Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C Club Member

    After considering an eel in my reef for the last couple of years, I finally bought one. It is 10-12 inches long and 1/2 -5/8" in diameter. I have been giving him a 1/2 of a silverside fish each evening, which is pretty entertaining! How much /often should I be feeding this guy? Also are there other foods for eels? BTW, I do have a tightly sealed top.
     
  2. scchase

    scchase Marlin M.A.S.C Club Member

    They eat crustaceans in the wild, so shrimp, crabs, etc
     
  3. SynDen

    SynDen Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C Club Member

    ya snails, shrimp or crabs for these guys. They have somewhat flattened teeth meant for breaking shells instead of sharp pointy teeth like most other morays.
     
  4. MuralReef

    MuralReef Marlin Staff Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C Club Member

    I'd close up the top as eels tend to try to escape.
     
  5. jda123

    jda123 Barracuda M.A.S.C Club Member

    Find a asian food market. Cuttlefish, apple snail and whole shrimp are good meals - there are many others. They can do just Ok on the tails and meat, but the whole specimen will get them more nutrition.

    Stay away from just fish or freshwater meals.
     
  6. BrianH

    BrianH Prawn Staff Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C Club Member

    Thanks for all the responses! I do have the top sealed and weighted. When I visited the Monterrey Bay Aquarium last, I was amazed to see that they had scarlet cleaner shrimp in their mixed eel tank with the shrimp picking the eels clean and the eels not seeming to pay any attention.. I have two scarlet cleaners in my tank which have now set up shop outside of the eels den. Tonight they were fighting with the eel over the silverside I accidentally dropped. The eel obviously won and the shrimp let him have it. His eyesight seems to be pretty terrible and I wouldn't be surprised if one of those shrimp end up in his mouth one of these days.

    Have any of you tried or currently have, an eel in your reef?
     
  7. BrianH

    BrianH Prawn Staff Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C Club Member

    I like the idea of teaching him small fish are not dinner by feeding him other things.
     
  8. scchase

    scchase Marlin M.A.S.C Club Member

    Walmart sells a frozen seafood medley that is pretty good, clams, octopus, shrimp, and scallops
     
  9. jda123

    jda123 Barracuda M.A.S.C Club Member

    When I used to use the seafood medley, it was cooked. Some of my fish would eat it and some would not. That is a good place to start. If it is raw still, then that is a jackpot. Stay away from imitation crab.

    A lot of people misunderstand the pebble-toothed eels. They are really not all that aggressive unless you are a bottom dwelling crustacean or they have been starved.
    http://reefkeeping.com/issues/2002-12/fm/index.php
     
  10. BrianH

    BrianH Prawn Staff Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C Club Member

    I went to the Pacific Ocean Market place in Broomfield and bought an assortment of raw foods to make my own medley . Most of the packs were around a pound and ranged from $2.99 to 4.99.
    Apple snails: he attacked and chewed on one for a while but eventually left it for the fish. They were really rubbery, I would have spit it out too. The package was in a language I dont know and they might not have been raw.
    Shrimp: He ate them with no issue
    Squid tentacles: A total hit with the eel, He loves those too.
    Cuttlefish: On tomorrows menu
    Baby softshell crabs: on the menu later in the week

    A funnyish story... My wife fed him last weekend when I was gone. She dropped the piece of food from the long tweezers before the eel had grabbed it and of course all of the fish in the tank then went for it. The eel, not being very good at seeing, chomped out at the swarm of fish. He ended up grabbing my maze angelfish (that I won in a MACNA raffle) across the back and held him horizontal for a short time before letting him go. My wife an mother-in-law were apparently screaming and yelling frantically ( I am laughing as I am typing this.) as this was happening. They were both happy that the eel listened to them yelling and that they saved the fish. jda123, thanks for posting that article, in the last week we have confirmed everything in it is true. lol
     
  11. scchase

    scchase Marlin M.A.S.C Club Member

    How is that maze looking these days?
     
  12. BrianH

    BrianH Prawn Staff Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C Club Member

    He's doing really well, despite the eel scare. The eel left no marks. The best I can guess from looking at pictures online, he has 1/2 way transitioned into adult coloration. He still plays nice with all of the other fish and corals, no issues at all.
     
  13. jda123

    jda123 Barracuda M.A.S.C Club Member

    I don't know if Dr. Marini mentioned this in his great article, but these can sometimes "hibernate" for a few weeks where they don't come out and won't eat. DO NOT sweat this and DO NOT try and sir them up. I noticed it more with Zebras than the others, but it is very normal. Also, don't be worried if they do not eat every day.
     
  14. jda123

    jda123 Barracuda M.A.S.C Club Member

    BTW - I would nearly always have a pebble toothed eel in my tanks, but I do not have tight enough of a lid/screen. They are really cool and oft misunderstood.
     
  15. MuralReef

    MuralReef Marlin Staff Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C Club Member

    Thanks for that Doug! My zebra eats like a horse for a while and then just stops coming out not matter how long a wiggle the food near his den. He also lives close to a large coral banded shrimp that continues to molt and has antennae spanning over 12". I have screens but they are not tight if he wanted to he could push them off or just go into the overflow and exit that way.
     

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