what kind of eel
hey guys im new to the whole eel thing. i have a 55 gallon tank that i am just finishing setting up. i am going to go get some fish next week and slowly put more in. i do want to put an eel or two in the tank. just wondering what kinds of eels i can put in. ive seen there are a couple to choose from. any suggestions?
1st is it cycled?
i have a striped peacock eel they are pretty cool they just burrow in the gravel and hide alot at first but when they get used to the tank they will come out more need bloodworms mosquito larva for feeding most fresh water eels have very sensitive skin and need a pretty clean aquarium there is a bichir too and its is more agressive and has a big mouth with some big teeth they are pretty neat too
ill be honest i am not quite sure if i know what you mean by cycled. i have nothing in the tank right now.. filter is running with the red "prime" conditioner. i was told that would be enough. wont be putting any fish in till next week. i am not getting an eel right away. just cuz i want to make sure the right kind of bacteria is in the tank and the water is just right for them. i saw the peacock eel and i like it alot. just worried about the size they can get compared to my 55 gal tank. i dont think an upgrade to anything bigger can happen for a few years.
Cycling is the process of getting those good bacteria you are talking about. Sorry to say it but unless you have a lot of live plants or have a lot of "seed" material a week wont cut it.
The bacteria you are talking about take the bacteria that you are talking about and turn it into something called Nitrite Now both of these chemicals are poisonous to fish, but a second type of bacteria take the Nitrite into Nitrate. Now Nitrate is still not good for fish in HIGH levels. This is where weekly water changes come in. (also good for removing any fish waste sitting on the substrate and any hormones in the water.
Now live plants help these bacteria cause they have a tendency to use ammonia and nitrate in photosynthesis.
Now there are two ways to cycle your tank. The fish in cycle and the fishless cycle. (I personally prefer fishless)
Both require test kits for ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate.
The fish in cycle is you pick some very hardy expendable fish. (A lot of people use zebra danios) That either will be apart of the tank in the future or your lfs (local fish store) would take back.
Fishless cycle requires some way to put in ammonia (either liquid PURE ammonia NO additional chemicals but ammonia and water) or rotting fish food. Some people also use dead shrimp. You pretty much just up the ammonia to 5 ppm (tell this via test kit) and let it cycle through, Once you do that keep upping to ammonia to 5 ppms and start watching the nitrite. Once both the ammonia and nitrite cycle through within 24 hours of the ammonia being added to the tank then you just need to get your nitrate below 40ppm.
Another factor to take into affect would be your PH. Certain fish do better in either lower or higher PH. Also often times your LFS can test your tanks for you if you bring them a water sample.
the tank will have been running without fish for about 2 weeks by the time i put my fish in next week. im going to take a water sample in and see what my levels are. thanks a lot for the info. very helpful
Oh and for eels (assuming your PH is good for them) a pair of peacock eels would fit nicely into a 55 gallon. From what i understand they do best in pairs.
they would do fine in a 55 gallon i have mine in a 30 gallon long and he is almost 8 inchs long and does awesome i dont think you would have any problems i would let that tank cycle a little longer if i was you tho good luck to ya
I am going to have to agree with the others. Patience my friend, and cycle that tank first. It's not fun to have fish dying over and over because you didn't take the time to cycle your tank.
If you have any friends, family, relatives, etc that have aquariums you can try asking them for some of their substrate to use as a seed. What that will do is introduce that bacteria into your tank to help the process along.
Again, do not stock fish you want to keep till you have a cycled tank. It would like suddenly moving into an apartment that is full of rotten garbage and unlivable. It's not pleasant.
EDIT: Now that said what are the dimensions of your take? You said it is 55 gallons but how long? How wide? How tall? This will help us help you make a good choice and not have a fish that will outgrow it's tank.
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