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can i add an eel or catfish?
Old 06-18-2013, 12:32 AM   #11
 
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I do large algae wafers that sink and feed at night. That's how I feed my pleco.
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Eels do not eat algae wafers. They are shy eaters and it is very likely you will have quite the difficulty making sure it is fed with your current stock. It would be different if you could rear the eel from young, in a separate tank and train it to eat from your hand. Unless you have a tank and the patience to do this and then place the eel in the main tank, I strongly maintain you do not do not get an eel.
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Old 06-18-2013, 12:34 AM   #12
 
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I could keep it in my 20 for a while.
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Old 06-18-2013, 12:28 PM   #13
 
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Would that work?
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Old 06-18-2013, 04:29 PM   #14
 
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Or would the knife work?
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Old 06-18-2013, 05:09 PM   #15
 
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You;ll have the same issue with the BGK. You will have to do one of two things with either the eel or the BGK. Either convert it to pellet food so that it can eat with the other fish, or you will have to train it to be hand fed, that way you can target feed it. Making sure that the fish can eat well is of the utmost importance before you go adding it to a tank full of fish.
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Old 06-18-2013, 05:28 PM   #16
 
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So could I teach it to hand feed in the 20 and then add it to the 120? Would either work space and bioload wise?
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Old 06-18-2013, 05:29 PM   #17
 
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So could I teach it to hand feed in the 20 and then add it to the 120? Would either work space and bioload wise?
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Old 06-18-2013, 05:46 PM   #18
 
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I think I would try the eel before a BGK, if I were to try one at all. Yes, you can try to teach it to be hand fed in the 20. I would try to convert it to pellets first though - hand feeding would be a last resort for me.

I think what you are asking is not something that many people have all that much experience with. I'm certainly no expert on either eels or BGK, or some of the cichlids you have, so I really don't know if it's likely to turn out.
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Old 06-18-2013, 05:56 PM   #19
 
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I'm very confident I'd be able to get food to them. The main thing I need was to see which would be OK bioload and size wise. I have the time and patience to pellet or hand train the fish if needed. I would rather have the bgk so I'll try to find some more info on them before diving in.
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Old 06-19-2013, 10:26 PM   #20
 
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So I think the bgk would be fine with the size of the tank and the tank mates. There plenty of room for him since the cichlids hang out in the middle. Nobody harrasses the pleco so I don't think anything would harrass him. And I do have 2 canisters and some plants so I think I'm gonna go for the bgk. I'll pellet train him in the 20 and maybe hand train him in the 20.
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