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Old 05-16-2003, 09:33 AM   #1
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Ready, set and go...

Hello everyone.
Recap: My 1st attampt started well and went bad. Bateria bloom. I took the tank down and started over. Thanks for all the words of support on restarting. The cycle went very well. Test, wait, test wait and wait some more. Everything was good to go. I even took water samples to lfs for second set of numbres. all zeros or less then 1 ppm, ph 8.2, Sol. 1.022. So...time for fish! YEAH. I came home with a snowflake eel and a spotted grooper. 50 gallon tank (moving up to +125 in 2 or 3 months). Took 1 hour to introduce fish. Left lights off, in tank and in room. They did great. Eel found his little spot. Grooper swimming well checking things out. At 10 pm, both were active and eating! Stayed up late, keeping a "dark eye" on my new little friends.
This morning... Aleins must have come down during the night and took the eel??? He is no where to be found. No sump. Cover is tight. Moved all furniture in room and nothing. Gently looked aroud in tank. No Live rock. Not many places to hide?
So how far can a snowfalke move out of water? Can they dig themselves down in a 3 inch sand base?
I am not completely in panic stage yet, but, by tonight???
Thanks for letting me share and vent.
I will be thinking positvely and hope all is well this afternoon.
Have a wonderfilled day!
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Old 05-16-2003, 09:59 AM   #2
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I would bring the sg up to 1.024-1.026 IMHO. but if you do this do it slowly over a period of about a week, say, one point per day or so.

I don't have any advise on the eel, other than I have heard they are escape artists. You sure he's not carpet surfing? any animals to scoop him up when he hit's the floor? I've heard it doesn't take too much of a space for them to get out.
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Old 05-16-2003, 10:11 AM   #3
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I took all the furniture out of the room, nothing. The look on bosses face.."Sorry I am late, I can not find my eel."
The LFS had no cover on the tank and he was not getting out. No critters in the house to take him away???
and the grooper is not talking, LOL. He looks guilty.
I was planning on bring up the sol. The LFS here keeps it real low. I was trying to get closer to their number, then bring it up, slowly.
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Old 05-16-2003, 10:14 AM   #4
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I did have some sort of grouper long ago (don't know what kind), but he was the soul inhabitant of a 75 G. weather we wanted it that way or not.
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Every experience i've had with eels results in this conversation "Think he's dead" "eh, probably." Then about a week later his ugly mug is pressed up against the glass under the substrate. So the converstaion continues "Look, he's a live, lets poke him to make sure." Russle up the substrate a little and off he goes. You don't get eels to look at them, you just get them to say you have one because you'll never see him.

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Old 05-16-2003, 11:46 AM   #6
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Eels are escape artists, check the floor and your sump.
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Could the problem be no LR? Do you have any structre at all? Not giving the eel a good place to hide could be the problem.
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Yes, I have dead coral and decorations. He found his spot last night, under tiered rock (not live).
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Magic Eel Update...
I returned home again. There he was! His little head out and scanning the area. I know everyone said this is what eels do, but, I swear he was not in the tank???
Thanks to all!!!
"Elvis had re-entered the building".
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