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post #1 of 16 Old 08-05-2012, 11:54 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Eel is not doing so well!

I just got an eel the other day and I noted after swimming through some of my decorations it has a tear in it's skin. I'm not sure what type of eel it is but below are some pictures or it and the tear. I'm trying to figure out if this is something that will heal or if there is anything I can do to help it.
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post #2 of 16 Old 08-06-2012, 01:09 AM
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Well, im no expert, especially on Eels, but i believe your eel has..eggs? Im going to go research, though that last picture looks like eggs to me.
Also, what type/species of eel is that? How big is the tank? Tank mates?
How are your parameters?
Are there any sharp decorations in the tank?

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post #3 of 16 Old 08-06-2012, 01:21 AM Thread Starter
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Species: Freshwater Snowflake Moray Eel?
Tank: 55 Gallon.
Tank Mates: Tinfoil barb, Algae eater x2, Pleco x2, small feeder fish
Tank Parameters: Will update tomorrow
Removed all sharp decorations after seeing this :(

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post #4 of 16 Old 08-06-2012, 01:30 AM Thread Starter
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I did some quick research on google and this seems to be the eel that looks the most like mine. Its called a "Freshwater Snowflake Moray Eel"
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post #5 of 16 Old 08-06-2012, 02:13 AM
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After reading, ive come to a couple conclusions. Is your tank freshwater? I see a pleco, so im assuming it is.
What are you feeding your eel? I see your using feeder fish, what kind are you using?
Alot of feeder fish have illnesses, parasites, bad bacteria in them and on them. They are very good at killing everything in your tank!

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post #6 of 16 Old 08-06-2012, 02:17 AM Thread Starter
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Tank is freshwater.
Minnow's and frozen bloodworms for the eel.
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post #7 of 16 Old 08-06-2012, 02:46 AM
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The eel you have should ideally be kept in a salt water tank, though a brackish tank is also good.
Iwould caution against feeding your eel any feeder fish, and that includes minnows. I know they have caused many a 'mysterious' sudden death...

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15 gallon/endlers/least killifish/otos/ADF
45 gal: wintering goldfish
Fry Tank:10gal/Tonso'babies, all ages
2.5:Algeafarm
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*New cattle dog pups! *

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post #8 of 16 Old 08-06-2012, 09:45 AM Thread Starter
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Any idea what the strange gash on it's belly might be?
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post #9 of 16 Old 08-06-2012, 09:59 AM
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Am slightly concerned that you purchased a fish without researching it prior to buying it.

Freshwater Snowflake Morays need brackish water which is going to be too high for your pleco to survive in, they need a SG 0f 1.010. They have to acclimated to salt very slowly. They are sold mistakenly as true freshwater they are NOT, they are brackish.

They have been known to eat shrimps and red crab. Eels like the pleco are nocturnal and it is quite possible that the eel, which is nearly blind and relies on scent to forage for food, could have caught itself on the hard scaled back of the pleco.
Looking at the pictures though it could well be a female about to lay eggs.

They will eat guppies although these should be good quality and always quarantined before being offered as food.

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post #10 of 16 Old 08-06-2012, 11:00 AM Thread Starter
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Should I move her to her own tank and slowly turn it into a brackish tank? Also will this heal if she did catch herself on the pleco? Is there anything I can do to help it heal?
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