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Old 09-13-2008, 11:41 PM   #1
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Question an appropriate eel?

Is there an eel that would not eat my inverts & live fish?
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not really, or at least none that i know of, what size tank?
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It's a 55g, lots of hiding places. My fish are my buddies, and wouldn't want them to be lunch.
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what fish u got in there?
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A mandrin, a cowfish, and 3 damsels. for cleaning some hermits, 2 snails and a chocolate chip.
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Old 09-14-2008, 01:29 AM   #6
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Your hermits would be a snack for any eel you add to the tank.
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Yea sounds like with what you got hed be eating pretty good!! Lol, Eels are awesome creatures but the fact is I wouldnt recommend getting one for the long haul unless you got at least a hundred gallon tank or more, just because they grow so fast so quick. But it sounds like you got a pretty good setup as you are. That Mandarin would def be donezo as well, cause hes soo close to the ground all the time. He might go in the wrong dark cave to look for food and WHAAAAAP!!
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I think everyone has been thinking of moray eels (Muraenidae), which are predatory. However, there are quite a few smaller eels out there in other families that would be safe with fish and larger inverts. I'm not sure if too many of them show up in the aquarium trade, but I know at least one group does - the garden eels. These are burrowing species that hang out in large groups on sandy bottom with their heads and part of their body poking out of the sand (thus looking like a garden of eels). They feed on plankton, which they snatch from the passing current. Many of the species are quite brightly coloured.

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Garden eels also need a very deep sand bed and can be difficult to get eating. Certainly something I would only suggest to the most advanced hobbiest.
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