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Old 08-13-2012, 07:05 PM   #1
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Snowflake eel

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I just added a juvenile snowflake eel to my tank. I have plenty of rock and caves in my tank. As soon as I added him he buried in the sand and now I can't find him. I know they are good escape artist but the lid is on tight. Is this normal behavior??
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Old 08-13-2012, 09:26 PM   #2
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Yes it is normal for eels to barry them selves. My eel is all ways hiding and only comes put to eat. You should try to find him to make sure he is still in your tank, I have lost three eels from getting out. They are hard to feed when introduced to a new tank so you might want to find him to feed him.
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Old 08-13-2012, 09:44 PM   #4
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Mine has a cave he stays in till feeding timr
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Old 08-13-2012, 09:47 PM   #5
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I just bought him this morning and as soon as I put him in he went straight under a rock and buried himself in the sand. I figured it was normal but not sure since its a new environment.
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Old 08-13-2012, 10:12 PM   #6
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Don't worry it is perfectly normal every eel I have owned has done that,it will take him a while to get used to the new environment.
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Old 08-13-2012, 10:21 PM   #7
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I just got myself a snowflake today! Cool critters. But what was stated above is correct. They stay buried. Mine has himself a nice spot in some rubble. Just make sure your tank has a well secured lid. I was laughing pretty hard when I bought it. They couldn't catch it. Kept jumping from tank to tank to avoid them.
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How big is the tank? If it's in the 70 gallon range some dither fish might encourage the eel to come out.
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Keep in mind he will eat any and everything he can get in his mouth.
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It's a 40 gallon. I he came out last night when the lights turned off but has been buried all morning
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They love raw oysters and fish
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Old 08-14-2012, 01:44 PM   #12
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Mine eats frozen shrimp scallops and fish. I have never had a problem with eels eating any tank mates including fish snails or crabs knock on wood. As long as you feed your eel so isn't so hungry he goes hunting for food he should leave his tank mates alone.
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I got a coral banded shrimp wit mine he don't bother
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Old 08-15-2012, 10:03 AM   #14
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He has finally popped out a little, I think he looks pretty neat. Hopefully he doesn't mess with any other fish but they are all bigger than he is.
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Hey, I have a 12" snowflake and it is quite active. Every other day when I feed the fish it goes nuts, it's hungry. Everything I read says to feed it every 3 days or twice a week. Should I feed it when it is obviously hungry? So far it hasn't tried to eat any tankmates but it looks tempted!!
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They will eat until they pop. Every other day should be fine. He will always be hungry.
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I feed mine every other day salmon and scallops he loves it but he hides a lot also.
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I would yes.
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