Originally Posted by StripesTheEel
Water changes were last performed 3 days ago and 10 days prior to that. They are done approx twice a month and approximately 40-50%. my two zebras are in what i believe are a 40-45 gallon with a 10cm trigger.
I would suggest that you get this upgraded very soon. Although the eels (might) seem small, they are still large waste producers and will quickly increase at that. They grow quite quickly in their first 1-1Â½ year. I would also suggest changing you water change routine. You'll have better success with smaller changes but increased frequency. 20-25% weekly would be a better option. It helps prevent the build up of DOC
before they become a concern and less stress on the animals chemistry wise.
and whitebaits. usually twice or three times a week depending on the size of the food.
This is more than likely where your "blockage" came from. Eels should not be fed fish regularly, it does exactly what you've just experience, stop up the plumbing. Stick to crustaceans, bivlaves and other natural prey items. Their digestive system is not developed enough to cope with highly fatty fish flesh on a regular basis. I wouldn't even recommend it as a treat.
I would do a few more 20%ish water changes over the next week or two with well aged/aerated SW
. As long you are able to keep the water quality high and the swim bladder issue (if that is the cause) was only marginal, you should see an improvement soon.
Is the zebra still showing no interest in feeding?