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Old 05-31-2008, 05:28 PM   #1
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Eel feeding pics

Ok, they aren't so great but figured, what the heck. Here are pics of my babies eating today. Some were more cooperative about than others.
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Old 05-31-2008, 07:16 PM   #2
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wow very cool pictures. I thought you weren't supposed to stick you fingers in around eels like that?
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Old 05-31-2008, 07:43 PM   #3
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I think it depends on the eel. Mine are very familiar with me so they trust me and the feeling is mutual. But then the eels I have are all pretty mellow species. More aggressive eels may not be as friendly.
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Old 05-31-2008, 08:59 PM   #4
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That's awesome!
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Old 06-01-2008, 06:42 PM   #5
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Beautiful eels
And whether they are mellow or really really laid back - I am not brave enough to stick my fingers in there
I've seen eels smile - allot of teeth!
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Old 06-02-2008, 02:47 PM   #6
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Cindy, Isn't that like saying my pitbull is great with my kids?
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Old 06-02-2008, 02:50 PM   #7
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those are great pictures!! pardon my ignorance....but what kind of eel is the striped one? and what kind of tank is he/she in?
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Old 06-02-2008, 03:30 PM   #8
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Thanks everyone. They are wonderful animals and my favorite SW fish. If I could, I'd have a room full of tanks with nothing but eels. lol

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Cindy, Isn't that like saying my pitbull is great with my kids?
I think your question is like comparing apples to oranges. My kids for the record, do not play with the eels. And it's like trying to compare the family labrador to the local junkyard dog. There is no comparison as it is more the individual temperment as well as how they are brought up. I've met way more docile and extremely friendly pittbulls than I have mean ones. My experience with eels, past and present are that they can become trained quite easily with time and patience, just as with any animal.

For the curious, I have been bitten, its more like a pinch than a bite and I've been bitten far worse by my "pet" birds. There are other eels I would have a harder time trusting like perhaps a fimbriated or a large green eel but my eels are very calm and seem to enjoy the interaction. Not sure where the stigma came from that eels are bloodthirsty beast.
It's not for everyone, but then eels aren't for everyone.

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those are great pictures!! pardon my ignorance....but what kind of eel is the striped one? and what kind of tank is he/she in?
Thank you. The striped one is a zebra moray and it is in a fowlr 75g tank.
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Wow, those are some awesome pictures. I've never seen anything like that in my life! Is that some type of liquid food in the 2nd picture? I'm a freshie so pardon me for my ignorance! Again, great pictures!!
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No, actually it's shrimp (it's just blurred). That particular eel is a little skiddish still and very quick so while I can feed him by hand, I normally use a feeding stick to get him started and it was helpful in getting him out enough for a picture.
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