01-18-2012, 11:06 PM #1
Work tank re-invented!!! Freshwater snowflake eel!!!
Last night after dinner I grabbed my box of instant ocean and headed back to work. The tank was already cycled prior to raising the specific gravity, so I'm not sure if I need to wait before stocking... Haven't kept brackish in a long time! I have a "freshwater" moray eel that was in freshwater at the store and is now temporarily in my freshwater qt at home. All my previous research points at a sp of 1.010 for optimum care of this species so that is what he will be acclimated to. Does anyone have experience w/ this awesome creature and does anyone know if live rock will make it in this low salinity? They say this species can go to full salt so I figure live rock may make it a more suitable "natural" environment. I would love to have more info on this but my findings have been limited.
01-18-2012, 11:36 PM #2
You would be better off to put the fish in your work tank...and leave it FW. You will then need to slowly bring up the salinity to your desired level, the fish has been kept in FW so slowly bringing up the salinity will be the best thing for it. When you do your weekly waterchanges mix the new water to 1.010 and add to the tank. In a month or so the tank will be at the level you desire.
They can go into full marine conditions, but like most "brackish fish" they are very tollerant of salinity and changes in it...surviving periods of time in both full marine and freswater. However with that said as an adult the best salinity for them is between 1.010-1.020.150G SA Cichlids|100G Planted Community|50G Reef|20G Tanganyikan|10G Divided Bettas|10G Nano Fish
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01-18-2012, 11:42 PM #3
I have kept them for a long time. They can be kept in freshwater provided they get a very stress free environment and perfect water. They are however much hardier if kept in brackish.
The most important thing is to give them enough hidning spaces. You can read about my experinces on http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/pred...watermoray.phpDo as I say. Not as I do.
01-19-2012, 03:06 AM #4
Thank you both for your speedy responses... William- thanks again for your read, it helps out a lot.
MCHRKiller-You would be better off to put the fish in your work tank...and leave it FW. You will then need to slowly bring up the salinity to your desired level, the fish has been kept in FW so slowly bringing up the salinity will be the best thing for it.
01-19-2012, 03:15 AM #5
Slow is best IME...a 75-80% change would be what I would do and then drip acclimate.150G SA Cichlids|100G Planted Community|50G Reef|20G Tanganyikan|10G Divided Bettas|10G Nano Fish
Common decency...imagine the nerve!
01-19-2012, 03:30 AM #6
Always good to proceed w/ caution MCHRKiller... I will take your advise and I will keep you posted. Thanks!
01-23-2012, 05:35 AM #7
Just an update... the fme was happily hiding in is new home at work thursday afternoon and did not come out of hiding all day friday, probably because the tank light was on. Friday afternoon I sank a freeze dried krill to him and went home. Showed up for work saturday mourning and krill was gone. There are a dozen little feeder guppies in w/ him also (food/friends whatever) and I thought they possibly ate it, but much to my surprise, when I returned to the shop later, he was out swimming and chasing the guppies! I even think a couple may be missing! I very happy to see him acting as he should... Thanks again!
01-23-2012, 05:51 AM #8
They are easy to to train to raise their body up out of the tank and take shrimp (thawed) from you fingers. They can usually raise about 3 third of themselves straight above the water. (some more). You should however get expect to get bitten every now and again as they have poor eyesight.Do as I say. Not as I do.
01-23-2012, 05:51 AM #9
Thought it might be a good trick at work to get people more interested in fish.Do as I say. Not as I do.
01-23-2012, 05:54 AM #10
I look foward to it! do they get used to the light? This has all been while lights out.