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minireef8 03-15-2009 10:55 PM

"fresh" water Moray eel salt help!
I just obtained a "freshwater" moray eel to quickly find out that the fish store had NO idea what they were talking about! I know there is no such thing as a freshwater moray eel and that they are either brackish or full marine. Its gold and extremely stunning, they said he was eating but I know with out salt that wouldn't have lasted too long. Luckily I am not a beginner and I know how to care for him. BUT I have yet to come across what type of salt to use! I don't know whether I should use marine salt or the "freshwater" salt they sell for freshwater tanks. Hes in my 20g freshwater tank for now until I get another one set up for him. Truly a unique species! Do have saltwater tanks but im sure he would eat my smaller fish :-( anyone have any tips, hints on keeping these guys? Havnt seen any like him, only grows about 2ft or less. Pet store sold him as 100% freshwater, bad people!

Lupin 03-15-2009 11:05 PM

Use marine salt. This one has buffering properties required to replicate the marine conditions. Upgrade your tank and see if Craiglist has bargains for that. Do you have a refractometer already? Make sure your test kits are designed for brackish to saltwater tanks.

minireef8 03-15-2009 11:08 PM

Alright thanks! Have everything already since I have a couple saltwater tanks so testing it will be no problem. I will use marine salt.

onefish2fish 03-15-2009 11:15 PM

slowly increase salinity over a week if not alittle longer. if this thing has been sitting in freshwater for a few days just jumping to 1.020-1.025 will prob. kill it.

its also best to research ANYTHING before buying it, regardless of what the store employees claim.

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