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New to 55 gal. Need imput on eels, PLEASE!
Old 01-23-2008, 03:51 PM   #1
 
New to 55 gal. Need imput on eels, PLEASE!

I have had smaller tanks in the past. 2 weeks ago I got a gently used 55 gal. tank. It came with a stand, 200 watt heater, and a EHEIM 2213 canister filter. I have made up my mind that I would build the tank around the three things that I have always wanted to have in a tank. First was that I have always wanted to have a spiny eel, the second was sand in the tank and the third where things like snails and an upside down cat. I have visited several forums, scientific info sites, and I am a little overwelmed because I seem have lots of info but none of the answers I am really looking for (this could be because I haven't figured out the right questions yet.) So thus I turn to you ... I would like to hear your opinions, hear what you have observed, and just talk to people that have acturaly owned eels.

Question 1

Which eel(s) would be most appropriate for a 55 gal. tank?

Question 2

What type of plants are best to be added to the tank (what plants make the eels most comfortable, do eels do best around, and do well around eels?)

Question 3

What type of decor and ordimentation is best (for providing hiding spots and would be appropriate?)

Question 4

Tankmates: What fish go well with eels? I have read that they might eat smaller slower fish and understand that what Im more interested in are what are good tankmates that can co-exist without pestering the eel(s)? {Having read about fin nippers and eel pesterers and not having them defined.}
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Old 01-23-2008, 10:23 PM   #2
 
Eels, of all sorts, are relatively secretive and most are escape artists. The smaller eels, peacock eel, spiny nosed eel, would be fine. Tire track eels can get up to 3' long and can find its way out of a tank through the smallest of openings. Fire eels can reach lengths up to 2'. Neither are real good options.

Most smaller eels will feed on shrimp pellets, tubifex worms, krill, ect. While the larger eels are ambush predators and will eat anything that will fit into their mouths. Don't get me wrong the smaller eels will, too. So, any fish larger than the eel's mouth should be safe. Nor are they fast swimmers in open water.

When I had my tire track, the tank was planted with Giant Val, Amazon Swords, and assorted crypts. These fish are basically nocturnal. Low light is best, so you will have to plan your plants accordingly.
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Old 01-27-2008, 03:44 AM   #3
 
My tank is coming together slowly and I would like to thank everyone for chiming in. I have given some thought as to what I want to do. Where as Im still a little wishy-washy as to what Im gonna add to the tank ... I have desided that Im gonna add a pair of peacock eels. I found an interesting artical that about peacock eels stating that if they are kept in a tank with white sand they bleach out. I have been giving some thought to adding some night lighting to the tank so I can view the tank for an hour or two after the tank lights go out. If anyone has any info or sites that talk about whether this is a good or bad idea, please shoot it my way. I have had a crazy little thought for a "hidie-hole" (I live in a small college town where i cant find drift wood and nice hiding place rich decorations ... so) while talking with a friend in toys r us I spotted a lego cargo plane with two cargo doors. I figure it might be fun half buried in the black sand with plants growing up around it. Any comments?
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Old 01-27-2008, 01:41 PM   #4
 
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Legos sound awesome! I'm actually going to plan on doing something like that in my tank now. Also, I found a link on this forum the other day to an ebay seller who sells caves, driftwood etc. for tanks. I haven't ordered from them yet, so I don't know if they're any good, but they had some really cool looking stuff that I was considering for my ropefish tank I'm planning. Here's the link: http://myworld.ebay.com/rockartsource

Also, here's some peaceful but interesting, cool looking fish that won't fit into your eel's mouths. Again, some fish I was considering to go with my rope fish. Have fun!

brown chichlids
fenestratus
many-banded leporinus
silver prochilodus
snakeskin gourami
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Old 01-27-2008, 03:23 PM   #5
 
thanks for the dealer link, gonna have to sort thought his stuff
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Old 01-30-2008, 12:32 AM   #6
 
Broken clay flower pots work well as hiding places too.
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Old 01-30-2008, 10:50 PM   #7
 
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PVC piping softened in the oven, lightly deformed, spread with 100% silicon caulk and coated with sand and pebbles makes a great cave.

On another forum there is a fellow who swears up one side and down the other that his three peacock eels almost never hide in the sand, but rather hang out in the stem plants about halfway up the stems. I would definitely put a wisteria thicket in the tank, as that seems to have the kind of robust stem that an eel could coil around (and the root system to keep it more or less steady). I'd also consider adding a breeding team of swordtails or variatus to the tank to provide a tasty treat of fry to the eels from time to time.
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Old 01-31-2008, 12:18 PM   #8
 
when i had my peacock eel he never hid in the sand but then i got rid of it
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Old 02-04-2008, 12:26 AM   #9
 
So last question before I buy fish. I have been going to the lfs for a couple weeks now and looking at the fish while waiting for the tank to cycle and what i have observed is that the peacock eels in there tank are anywhere from a half inch to about 6". The way it appers to me is that the 6" is the one that the have had the longest and then the ones that are about 3" are the second to last shipment and the smallest are the ones they got in a couple days ago. All seem to have no health conserns. So my question is which ones should I choose and what should I be looking for (besides the obvious health problems.)
*I'm gonna get a pair*
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Old 02-04-2008, 10:18 AM   #10
 
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So last question before I buy fish. I have been going to the lfs for a couple weeks now and looking at the fish while waiting for the tank to cycle and what i have observed is that the peacock eels in there tank are anywhere from a half inch to about 6". The way it appers to me is that the 6" is the one that the have had the longest and then the ones that are about 3" are the second to last shipment and the smallest are the ones they got in a couple days ago. All seem to have no health conserns. So my question is which ones should I choose and what should I be looking for (besides the obvious health problems.)
*I'm gonna get a pair*
I would get the 3in. ones. This way they can get used to your tank, without being too small for some sort of damage to be done upon them.
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