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Old 04-20-2011, 11:56 AM   #1
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Eel in a reef?

I was wondering if I could keep a juvenile snowflake eel in a soft Coral 30 gal tank For a little while. I know it will get too big as an adult so I was wondering if i could buy a small one and in 3-6 months give/sell it to a trusty lfs. Is this possible, cruel in some way to the eel, or not doable because of the corals?
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Other than the fact that I think the eel would need more swimming room(and I really think he's be terribly cramped in a 30), I think an eel in a 30 would wreck the tank. My eel knocked everything around in a 200 and he was a little guy at a foot long. I can't imagine that kind of destruction in a 30.
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Oh, I thought that the snowflake species only got to be around 6 inches.
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Nope, I think between one and two feet though I'm probably wrong....but I'm sure they get to be at least one foot, probably more
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not remotely. They'll get around 2 feet, give or take. I've also never seen a juvenile in my lfs smaller than maybe 8"+.
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Yikes!
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Old 04-20-2011, 12:09 PM   #7
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Alright.. I guess no eel for me.
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Well there are some fish that look similar, Midas blennys swim similarly to eels and would work in your tank
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I'll check them out thanks.
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Old 04-20-2011, 07:44 PM   #10
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I had a 7" snowflake in a 10 gallon for a couple months. Eels don't really "swim around" unless its feeding time. The biggest challenge will be keeping the water clean enough for a reef. They are messy. A eel in a 30 gallon will be perfectly fine it takes a while for them to get 2', your talking about 3 months. Advice on this site is starting to get ridiculous
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