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Old 03-13-2011, 02:00 PM   #1
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Garden eels?

I have a newish 45 gallon tank. If I were to put in around 5 inches of sand, could I keep these guys? Also what else would I have to do for them? And how many could I keep? I know they're tough, but for the future!
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Old 03-13-2011, 02:26 PM   #2
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Saltwater Aquarium Fish for Marine Aquariums: Garden Eel

I don't have any experience with eels, but just looking at this site you really need a much larger tank for them to survive.
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But it seemed to me that (a they aren't usually that big and (b it's mostly the depth of the sand and tankmates that matter. And feeding. Plus, there are bigger eels than that that can live in smaller tanks. I really really want one, but the only thing I can't change is the tank size. 
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Does anyone have any experience with garden eels, and who can provide some more detailed info?
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I have not had one but I have had an eel before. Two things, 1) You`ve already been told that they need a bigger tank. At least a 100 gallon tank. Just because someone else had one does not make it OK. Someone could have one in a ten gallon tank but then a month later it`s dead and would be in a smaller tank. Find someone who has had one for years in a small tank. You wont find one. 2) This eel is rated for expert only. There are not too many experts on this site including myself. It needs to have an owner that is very familiar with that type eel. No disrespect but if you are asking questions about it then that rules you out of the expert classification. Most sites if it`s expert only will not refund your purchase if it dies even in the Guarantee period.
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Oh ok, it just seemed to me that all of the information was based upon a single site, so it might not be entirely accurate.
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For instance, bluezooaquatics says 50 gallons, 16 inches, and intermediate
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All my stock is in LA and experience I`ve had with other`s tanks. To be honest I`ve never known one to live more than 3 months. Maybe someone else has a favorable experience. IME thay dont have a great track record.
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I don't mean to be rude at all, I just want to be accurate, because fishbase.com says 15.7 inches, smaller than dreamaquatics and liveaquaria, which both say 100 gal
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No problem. I`m just stating my experience and opinion. I`m sure there are many others out there with eel experience and I hope they respond. Have a great day.
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