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Old 04-03-2003, 11:36 PM   #1
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Eel not eating

I know that some fish have a period where they do not eat after you change environments. My new snowflake eel is not eating. Tomorrow will be a week. I would think he is too big to go too long without eating anything. Nothing in the tank seems to be missing. He was eating raw table shrimp for the store that had him for the last couple years. I have tried silversides, scallops, shrimp and shrimp soaked in garlic. He is not the least interested.

I will tear the tank down and take him back before I let him starve to death. Any ideas on something else I could try, or am I worrying for nothing?
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How about live feeders or shrimp...
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There are live shrimp all over the tank..no interest
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Old 04-04-2003, 09:55 AM   #4
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Large carnivores like lions and eels can go for WEEKS without eating in the wild.. and have been known to go on occasional feeding strikes in the home aqaurium. Check the eel for any visible damge to the mouth, eyes or ventral surface.. if nothing appears to the naked eye, and your water parameters are fine.. everything should be ok. Tearing down the tank and removing the eel would cause more stress to the fish than just waiting it out.
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Did the LFS hand fed it or just dropped the food in the tank?

I used to hand feed two morays that I had with krill.
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The LFS guy would skewer the shrimp and feed him..that is what we are doing, it can even bop him in the nose and he ignores it. LFS guy said DO NOT leave any food loose in the tank as he most likely would not eat it that way and it would just destroy water quality.
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