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  1. #1

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    Unhappy Peacock Eel Help!

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    Here's my stats:

    29 gal. long planted tank, well established
    6 female bettas
    5 mystery snails
    Water conditions: Ammonia:0, Nitrates:0, Nitrite:0, PH: about 8.0

    On Friday I picked out a peacock eel from Petsmart. There were 5 hiding under a rock and one swimming around the tank, I decide I like the one with personality and take him home. From the second he left the bag, he started swimming around the tank again, frantically, as if looking for something. I have three large hiding caves for him, half the tank is sand for him to bury himself in (hasn't even glanced at that) and its well planted. The bettas don't seem to even realize he's there.

    I can't get him to eat, he won't stay still long enough for it. I've tried frozen bloodworms, live earthworms, frozen brine shrimp.

    He hasn't tried to jump out of the tank, despite his vigorous swimming. I don't know what would make him happy and it's driving me crazy! Did I just pick a neurotic peacock eel?

    I'd hate to take him back to that bare aquarium they had at petsmart, I might see if my local store (which is much better about fish) would take him. It kills me to watch beat himself against the glass.

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    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    walbridge ohio

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    couldn't find snow and ice gifts - Lady Hobbs   burrrrrrr - Lady Hobbs   please post pics of your 10 hejuta. not many people on the forum are keeping nice predators like those. - Crispy   So sorry about your critters! :( - Rue   you are severely low on penguins :P - genocidex   


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    Maybe it needs a friend,as far as I know only tiretrack and fire eels tend to be loners.The eels live in weed choked backwaters,(lower light levels)so some floating plants might work and the bettas will enjoy them to.I have had and still have a tire track and they are very personable and will eat out of your hand eventually.PH seems a little to high.

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