I am new to the site and apologize for not posting in the correct place and providing all of the proper info...thx for pointing me in the right direction!! My fire eel Fred of 5years that is about 17in long has lost function of his last 6in of his body. Background: Fred has always a very active healthy eater and has always thrashed about when feeding..about a month ago it looked as if he scraped his head on some coral and it almost seemed bloody/raw. Recently he has been lethargic and not in his usual feeding frenzy when being fed in fact he hasn't ate in a few weeks. I was readying a new larger tank for him...no tank mates in the newer tank or the smaller one he was in...when I moved him it almost seemed as if he was having a seizure head shaking and all and once in the newer tank, after observing him closer he doesn't seem to be using his back half..he is moving all over the new place finding hiding places and all but not using is back half...he even greets me as usual when I have my hands in the tank but he still won't eat...all I find on the web about broken backs is in regards to gar and how to put them in a bucket with clove oil then vodka to put them down....I need help...has anyone had 'broken back'problems befor...my 'pet store fish guy' even mentioned a stroke or heart attack and suggest to put him down to put him in the freezer...ugh....I know it's strange to have such an attachment to something I had for sushi last week....but he's my baby...hes been from tx to tn to sc and now to In with me and I just can't bear the thought of putting him down any help will be much appreciated!