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post #1 of 20 Old 12-12-2007, 02:08 PM Thread Starter
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I need an ID please

I bought this for under $2 at WM a week ago. No one knew what it was. I figure it's a species of Spiny Eels, maybe a tire track or zig zag but it doesn't have as much of a pointy snout as they do. It's enlongated but doesn't have a sharp spiny looking thing on the tip. Maybe it broke off?? I haven't seen it eat anything yet but I bought tubiflex worms, blood worms, freeze dried baby shrimp and shrimp pellets for it. Maybe it eats at night. It's in a 10 gal tank for now with 2 red tetras, 2 lemon tetras & 1 pleco. Here's 2 photos. They are blurry because he wouldn't pose for the camera.

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post #2 of 20 Old 12-12-2007, 07:24 PM
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Hi i'm not sure but i think it might be a kind of loach. I have a Kuhli Loach and it's kind of similar but i'm not sure.

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post #3 of 20 Old 12-12-2007, 07:33 PM Thread Starter
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I too thought that at first but I dont know. It doesn't have a dorsal fin but does have 2 side fins by the head. It's body is almost flat and the mouth has no wiskers. It does poke around the roots of my plants alot and hides under a small piece of drift wood. Thank you for your reply!

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post #4 of 20 Old 12-12-2007, 07:43 PM
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I think i'm fresh out of ideas. but here what it could be. it could be a needle nosed fish. i'v heard of it and seen it but i don't think thats whats it's called. I'm happy to help.

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3 Black Skirt Tetras
4 Angelfish (3 Marble, 1 Gold)
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post #5 of 20 Old 12-12-2007, 07:47 PM Thread Starter
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Hi again...
I'm sorry but that's not it. We catch needle nose when we go fishing at the coast so I know what those look like.
Thanks again!!

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post #6 of 20 Old 12-12-2007, 07:51 PM
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well it could almost be anything small and skinny and needlenosed. but i'm not that sure. Do you know where you bought it and what name it was under?

55 Gallon Aquarium
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3 Black Skirt Tetras
4 Angelfish (3 Marble, 1 Gold)
1 Glass Fish
2 Blue Sunset Gourami
3 African Dwarf Frog
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post #7 of 20 Old 12-12-2007, 08:06 PM Thread Starter
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I actually bought it at Walmart!! I went there with the intentions of buying platys or tetras, something simple & colorful. Then I saw this little fellow. There was no tag or price for it so the girl working the dept at that time gave it to me for $1.94. There were rubber eels and dragon fish but I know this is something different from that. I knew if it left it there it would probably be dead by now since every single tank but this tank had lots of fish belly up!! I figured I could do a little bit better than they were. I just need to know what it eats since I have never seen it eating anything as of yet. I am trying tubiflex worms, freeze dried bloodworms & baby shirmp and sinking shrimp pellets. I am also putting flakes in there (since that's what they do at walmart) but so far nothing. Oh well...I just hope I can figure it out & save it before it starves to death.

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post #8 of 20 Old 12-12-2007, 08:25 PM
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When did you get it. Almost all kind of fish can survive over a few days without food. Have you seen any improvements since you bought it? It may be stressed from change of tanks and water OR it just needs to get a bit better before it eats something.

55 Gallon Aquarium
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3 Black Skirt Tetras
4 Angelfish (3 Marble, 1 Gold)
1 Glass Fish
2 Blue Sunset Gourami
3 African Dwarf Frog
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post #9 of 20 Old 12-12-2007, 08:29 PM Thread Starter
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it's been a little over a week since I bought it. It's active, mostly at night. Seems healthy with no signs of distress. Cross your fingers for me!!
Thanks!

10 gal with 4 tetras, 1 pleco & 1 unknown eel like fish.
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post #10 of 20 Old 12-12-2007, 08:33 PM
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It could be nocturnal and a algea eater or it eats the food that had been left lieing around at night. My loach never comes out during the day so i never see it eat. It could have the same kind of behavior as a loach. If somebody other than me posts maybe youll get more results. I don't know. I'm glad to help.

55 Gallon Aquarium
1 Black Kuhli Loach
3 Black Skirt Tetras
4 Angelfish (3 Marble, 1 Gold)
1 Glass Fish
2 Blue Sunset Gourami
3 African Dwarf Frog
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