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Eel is not doing so well!
Old 08-06-2012, 10:02 AM   #11
 
Also I didn't purchase the eel. It was my neighbors and they were moving and going to get rid of it so I took her. Didn't have time to research since I've had it for almost 48 hours.
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Old 08-06-2012, 10:46 AM   #12
 
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Considering it will probably reach 4 feet I hope you have a big tank for it.
I'm reading that you should spend 6 months adjusting him to brackish water, slow process.
All eels are a huge responsibility. He may be small but ALWAYS be careful whenever you stick your hand in there, eels have very poor vision and have been known to bite hands. And they have big teeth.

As for his injury.. My best advice is to remove him from all other fish. I can imagine the pleco would love to get at that wound, as would any other fish in there. So just keep him isolated and in clean water and hopefully it'll heal over.
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Old 08-06-2012, 10:56 AM   #13
 
Thanks for all the advice guys. I will move her to her own tank. 20 gal for now until she heals. Then I'll switch her to a 55 gal when I get it set up. Right now she is only about 14" long. Is there any medicine I should add to the tank to help the healing?
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Old 08-06-2012, 10:58 AM   #14
 
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I'd avoid all medicine. Eels are very sensitive and different from normal fish, being scaleless. Without an expert to give advice on medicine I'd just do lot's of frequent water changes.
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Old 08-06-2012, 11:10 AM   #15
 
Would she be most happy in a saltwater tank vs and brackish? If so how should I go about moving her into my saltwater tank?
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Old 08-06-2012, 11:15 AM   #16
 
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They CAN live in a full marine tank. But first I'd research if it won't eventually eat anything in your salt water tank. That'd just be a pain.
Then, you must slowly increase the salt... 1.001, 1.005, 1.010, 1.015, until you hit the point that your saltwater tank is. You could probably do this all in the 20 gallon tank.. but again, it recommends raising up the salinity over a course of 6 months, probably a bit longer if you want him at full marine level.
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