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Eels for a community?
Old 02-23-2013, 12:18 AM   #21
 
I would recommend finding a good cave. Something with no bottom would be best, so eels can dig into substrate while in the cave.
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Old 02-23-2013, 02:52 AM   #22
 
I have just redone my tank, it looks great, theres a giant bogwood cave and some other crevices, and surely enough, a neon got stuck to the filter, i got him when it happened, but it was too late. From 10 to 5 in about a day. If it happens to the rest, im done with neons.
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Old 02-23-2013, 03:31 AM   #23
 
oh you're losing neons.. for some reason I was thinking you were losing eels. Ok they probably have Neon disease.. theres not really alot of information out there about it but it leaves them very weak and the first.. often only notice a fish has it is they get sucked to the filter. Dont think theres a cure at all either.
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Old 02-23-2013, 03:35 AM   #24
 
That makes 3 now. What would be a good, bigger alternate to neons?
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Old 02-23-2013, 08:59 AM   #25
 
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Cardinal Tetra are often recommended as a larger, hardier alternative to Neons.
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Old 02-23-2013, 01:29 PM   #26
 
Ive thought about cardinals but im afraid the same thing would happen to them.
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Old 02-23-2013, 01:43 PM   #27
 
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Well if you wanted to set up your tank for an eel you could go with something larger. There are some very hardy tetras. I personally like moenkhausia sanctaefilomenae. They are tough and robust and a bit larger. There are other choices too of course. This could make eel ownership possible.
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Old 02-23-2013, 01:44 PM   #28
 
Well, how would Harlequin Rasboras do? Would they be ok size wise?
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Old 02-23-2013, 01:57 PM   #29
 
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I have personally never kept Rasboras so I don't have first hand experience with their behaviors. Hopefully someone else has more input :)

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Old 02-23-2013, 02:01 PM   #30
 
At full size they will be fine, if very young there is a risk of being eaten.
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