06-29-2014, 01:32 PM
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Shopping for an eel- suggestions welcome!
So, I've fallen in love with the rope fish I got with the tank, but it is simply going to get too big for the tank its in. I have a 55 gal, which is supposed to be ok for it but as active as it likes to be I cannot see him being very happy in something that's only 12'' longer than he will be. I love eel/snake-like fish (handful of kuhli's in my 20 gal as well!) and am thinking of getting a freshwater eel or three to replace him.
I'd like smaller eels if possible, the smallest I've seen gets to 6'', but up a foot should be fine if kept singly. I'm still working out tankmates and am willing to base it around the eel, but I would very much like to keep small schooling fish (tetras, for example) and bristlenose plecos. There is a red-tailed shark I'd like to keep as well. I like neons, but if the rope fish sees them as food I'd be surprised if there is an eel that doesn't. Might consider other smallish snake-like fish to share the bottom like dojo loaches at some point, but that will be after the rest of the tank is situated and if I'm still dropping nitrate levels.
Tank is 55 gal and sits at 4 ft long, will be heavily/fully planted with a driftwood type decoration in the center. Temp sits between 72 and 75 most days. pH: 7.4