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Old 12-27-2003, 07:42 PM   #1
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Snow flake eel question

Ok I just got back from my local pet store and I just saw the most interesting snow flake eel. After some convincing my mother agreed that it would make a great birthday present for me. I wanted to do some research before I got it. The pet store guy said that it would be fine in a 10 gallon tank. Is that true?

I have never had a salt water tank so I am a newbie to marine tanks. How hearty are these guys (I'm sure I will make some newbie mistakes so I don't want to loose this guy)? Anything else I should be aware of?
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wow was that man ever wrong.. and its not as easy as taking care a saltwater tank as it looks, plus it much more expensive than doing a freshwater tank. First you'll need to cycle the tank which takes at most a month but a minimum of about 2.5-3 weeks. Plus you have to make sure your levels are correct. After that you'll find out that you need a tight lid on the tank because they love to escape at any chance, plus feeding them isn't as easy as just dropping something in. You also will have a very hard time keeping inverts with them (crabs, shrimp) as they will most likekly eat them. As for tanks.. a 10 gallon would NEVER fit a snowflake eel. You'll need a much bigger tank than that. That man must be on commision or be dumber than a two by four... Of course I bet he didn't mention what you would need to take care of something like an eel, which have high bio loads on top of everything else I mentioned... sorry for sounding rough.. but sales people like that should be tarred and feathered
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Old 12-27-2003, 08:03 PM   #4
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Thanks for the warnings. I know the guys at the pet store are dumber than a box of a rocks. These are the same geniuses that told me last year that I could keep 4 cichlids in a mini bow 5 gallon. I understand the cycling and getting the water params up to snuff. I have several freshwater tanks and I am used to cycling to get things started. I have a freshwater peacock eel so I am used to the little escape artists.

Ok that being said..minimum sized tank I can keep one of these in? I live in a dorm so smaller tanks are better but I can swing a bigger tank if needed. Oh and what do I feed? THe pet store guys said tropical flakes but that doesn't seem right either.
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Time to find a new LFS, Electrobes I don't think you were rough enough on a salesman like that. I second the tar and feathering.

screaminbuckeye try and contact Hara she keeps different types of eels and would be a great source of information, sorry I cant help you as I have never kept eels my wife dosen't like anything that looks like a snake
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Old 12-27-2003, 09:26 PM   #6
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Ugg my only other LFS is Petco aka fish death zone. Petco once tried to sell me a yellow lab cichlid for 3x the normal price. My roommate isn't too thrilled at the idea of a "snakey looking thing" but she prefered it to the idea of a firebelly. With all the black lights we have in the dorm the fish would have looked like a swimming pair of teeth at night.
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My past research and questions to other snowflake eel owners here place the minimal tank size at 55 gallon, 75 gallons prefered. They make a lot of waste.
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The eel would never touch flakes...lol!

I'd hand/stick feed him krill, shrimp, scallops, silversides...meaty stuff like that....

I'd also go with a 55 or 75 gallon tank. Smaller tanks are okay until he gets larger but they do cause alot of bioburden and will require frequent water changes on smaller tanks.
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Yikes! - this whole post reeks of standard LFS rehtoric founded in a 'Move-My- Stock' mentality. What in the world were they thinking, a 10gallon marine - and to house a snowflake. Next thing they'll be selling you a 240 gallon to house a half dozen guppies! And then they'll tell you to feed them 1 inch cubes of beef.


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Old 12-31-2004, 02:06 AM   #10
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screaminbuckeye, it is not that the people at that store are dummies, it is just they are looking to sell their live stock for new arrivals or before they die on them
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