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Old 12-07-2015, 02:37 PM   #31
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The groups I saw were pretty much in the clear as grass would obstruct the flow they seemed to be feeding from. But that might change between regions.


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They do catch zooplankton floating by, but most species feed mostly on pods in the grass. It's an interesting cycle where they live in grass beds 30-40m down, and every time the tide shifts the pods are blasted off, into the hungry garden eels' mouths
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If you meant 40m (+120 foot) of depth, I never saw them that deep. They hung out in sand patches, sometimes with grass at about 10m or less. The grass doesn't grow much deeper than that. I may have misinterpreted your comment.


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Sorry, haha meant 40-50 feet. Some species (gorgasia preclara is an example) do live at 120-150ft though.

Also, where geographically did you see them? Curious what species you saw.
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I found them throughout the Caribbean.


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This is a stock photo but it represents what I saw, see the sparseness of grass? You literally had to hold your breath for a long time to get a shot like this one.Click image for larger version

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Old 12-08-2015, 06:19 PM   #36
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This is a stock photo but it represents what I saw, see the sparseness of grass? You literally had to hold your breath for a long time to get a shot like this one.Attachment 281753


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Nice. Yeah some species live in grass some don't, interesting how it affects their feeding patterns. Heard similar stories, of how the eels are very hard to photograph lol.
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You might need some one way glass. They spook at the slightest movement, I wonder if that would work out in a home aquarium where there is always something moving outside the tank.


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You might need some one way glass. They spook at the slightest movement, I wonder if that would work out in a home aquarium where there is always something moving outside the tank.


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Interesting idea, but what could I use? I'm getting some office furniture from ikea, to work in there, so that should help acclimate them to movement too. Daily maintenance should also help.
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I would turn your sump into a 40 gallon. I would probably do a DIY out of a 40 breeder.


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