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02-28-2012, 04:11 AM #1
Anybody feed their Eels out of a water bottle?
Ive been trying every avenue I can find on here and online to feed my Tire Track Eel, he has settled for frozen bloodworms at the moment but my biggest gripe is trying to get him to leave his cave to eat. I tried "aiming" the blood worms his way but they get picked up in the current and just completely litter my tank which bites my chaps.
So the other day while doing a water change and vacuum, I feel this little nudge on the back of my hand, in pure amazement I see my eel rubbing against my hand. So of course I try to hand feed him, but gripping a bloodworm which is probably a milimeter in width between your fingers is nearly impossible.
So I took a water bottle which is cleaned and sterilized and fill it completely up with water from the tank, then I drop a cube of bloodworms in it, let it defrost and stick the opening of the bottle to the opening of his cave. Here comes his little nose out to investigate and eventually half his body, within five minutes he has demolished half the cube of worms. So today while holding the bottle by him, I started to shake a few worms out of it and man he went to town. Now anytime Im near the tank he comes out to greet me. It is a blessing to interact with him and the best part, what ever he doesnt eat stays in the bottle and I just pull it out and feed it to my sons JD, instead of watching it pollute my tank.
So does anyone else feed their eel this way? Please excuse my long story as Im very happy to finally accomplish this feat. LOL...
Coach55 Gallon FW- Tire Track Eel, Leopard Sailfin Pleco, Albino BN Pleco
45 Gallon FW- Cycling at the moment, future home for Albino BN Pleco, Angel Fish
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02-28-2012, 04:54 AM #2
My spiny eels don't need a bottle for bloodworms, but they only get those every few days. Occasionally mysis or brine shrimp too, along with the rest of the fish in the tank. I wish they'd eat NLS pellets too, would make feeding easier and less expensive. Your tiretrack will eventually grow to around 2', and the black pattern will fade to an overall muddy brown color. I had one many years ago, when it outgrew frozen bloodworms I fed it earthworms.
02-28-2012, 11:23 AM #3
yes, I have target fed my eel and other fish bloodworms using a water bottle. you might want to turn your filters off during feeding time if you don't want a bloodworm snowglobe in your tank.
02-29-2012, 03:04 PM #4
If you don't want to get your hands wet you can aslo use a tube that is long enough. Fill it with water drop food in and aim at the eel's cave or wherever you want."It's not a Nemo fish, it's a CLOWN FISH!!!"