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bobo 10-04-2007 04:39 AM

HALP again!!
 
AS mentioned before i had problems with feeding my eel something else apart from live food! After getting some suggestions about different diets i could put my eel on i started cutting down to its live food to every 2 days and started feeding it shrimp and prawns. I do not know however if he actually eats the food or if the other fish nibble on it to non existance!

This morning i woke up to find my eel laying on the floor! i dont even know how it got out since i`m quite sure all the exxits were blocked. Out of pure instinct, seeing that it was still alive i quickly put it back in the tank! I do not know however if this was smart but i was in simple shock and it looked to be dying. I have now moved the eel to a smaller tank as it actually looks bruised around the face - probably from the one metre fall.

Any idea why the eel would do this? the water is clean regularly! It was actually cleaned yesterday. I have now moved the ell to my 55 gallon tank and blocked off all its exits with a large pane of glass.

My main concern is why the eel would do so? is it the diet change? should i go back to feeding him feeders daily?

Lupin 10-04-2007 04:45 AM

I don't think it's the water conditions that are an issue if you are maintaining your tank very well. A lot of eels are excellent escape artists no doubt, even managing to squeeze themselves over smallest gaps. Always return them immediately to the tank even when they were found on your floor. There's still a chance most fish can actually survive their "vacation".

There is nothing more to be concern about other than the bruised face which can be treated with Melafix and doing plenty of water changes.:) Recheck all the possible gaps nevertheless.

Anyone interested to know what eel it is..look on his previous posts or one of his pictures here.;) This is an American eel as Gump had told me so I'm wrong about the "lungfish" label.:)
http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w...x/DSC00092.jpg

bobo 10-04-2007 08:03 AM

i just came back home and for second he looked dead
now though
hes swimming around
should i attempt to ahdn feed him however-he seems vry weak and its worrying me. tthe red bruise has a sort of white patching around it, much like a healing human bruise. is this normal?

Lupin 10-04-2007 09:55 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bobo
i just came back home and for second he looked dead
now though
hes swimming around
should i attempt to ahdn feed him however-he seems vry weak and its worrying me. tthe red bruise has a sort of white patching around it, much like a healing human bruise. is this normal?

Yes but you must treat him immediately before secondary infections such as fungus develop which are more annoying to treat for. Treat with Melafix and do plenty of water changes.

bobo 10-04-2007 12:59 PM

okay i`ll try
tanks alot

bobo 10-04-2007 02:31 PM

my eel didnt make it afterall, i didnt even have time to attempt to heal it. It generally was totally bruised and was extremely weak, could no longer swim or eat. I was planning to get a second one before today and have the money and the eel ready but i was wondering if i should risk it again. the precautions i took to make my tank unescapable are many but i stilll fear.

GregV 10-04-2007 04:12 PM

ropefish, and eel like fish, are amazing at escaping, one at my LFS escaped and was never seen again, not even a body found (they can get a long way because most can actually breath atmospheric air)

sorry for your loss though, eels are cool :).


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