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Eel care guide!

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  1. Duke4Life

    Duke4Life Just a crazy eel guy, LMAS R2R Supporter

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    They are a decent size and not like the frenzy. I had to mince up for my smaller fish.
     

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    Great, I'll search my food stores.

    What type of gelatin are you speaking ?
    Will it add phosphates etc. ?

    What vitamins and how much ?
    Can you post a recipe ?

    Thanks, I appreciate your info Rayn.
     
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    Great.
    What gelatin do you use ?
     
  4. rayn

    rayn Bluefin Believer R2R Supporter Reef Squad R2R Excellence Award Showcase Editor Partner Member 2018

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    This will work. Just something to bind the blessings together.

    I don't really have recipes, I just buy what looks good at the market and usually on the cheap side.

    I did feed my zebra eel 20 dollar clam meet though. All he would eat!
     
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    $20 clam,...he did eat well ! lol

    So, how much gelatin do you use, or do you just put a glob on and massage it onto the food.
     
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    rayn Bluefin Believer R2R Supporter Reef Squad R2R Excellence Award Showcase Editor Partner Member 2018

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    I would use the whole box in the blender. You may have to experiment with it to find a good balance for your foods.

    You can blend together all kinds of what ever food you like. Shrimp, squid, clams, salmon, shark, what ever. Heck you can even through in something like rods food or the like if you want.

    The gelatin will bind it all together and allow either the fish/eel to gulp it down or they can pick at it too.

    Selcon or vit c would be good additives. This gets the vitamin right into the fish.
     
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    This sounds wonderful !
    Now I need a blender on Craig's list lol,....and get to the grocery store.
     
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    rayn Bluefin Believer R2R Supporter Reef Squad R2R Excellence Award Showcase Editor Partner Member 2018

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    We never used a blender at our house. Had one, never used it. Wife threw it away...I pulled it back out.

    She couldn't understand why I wouldn't let her throw it away. I use it for the fish! I also have my own set of sharp knives to cut up the food and keep our regular knives out of it. Cheap set will work fine.
     
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    Patty says, MY blender will NOT be used for fish food ! lol

    She Loves Merlin though.

    What do you think of my idea.

    Buy a DIFFERENT,....blender, add the gelatin, foods and vitamins then blend.
    Pour into a bag like Larry's, to like 1/4" thick, and freeze it flat.

    Then I can cut the 1/4"thick pack into strips of around 3" long, and feed him.

    Will the gelatin and food stay together in this form, so he can just swallow the strip
    or do you have a different approach ?
     
  10. rayn

    rayn Bluefin Believer R2R Supporter Reef Squad R2R Excellence Award Showcase Editor Partner Member 2018

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    That sounds like a plan. Wife doesn't like me using kitchen stuff for the fish either.

    Remember to experiment with it. There may be some oils or other that prohibit the binding. Figuring out how much of each to use to get the right results is half the fun. Seeing your fish eat it though, knowing they are getting too nutrition, is awesome!
     
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    Will do bud !

    " knowing they are getting too nutrition, is awesome!",.......I agree !!!
     
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    My white ribbon! Have had it now for a few months after my zebra passed.

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  13. Duke4Life

    Duke4Life Just a crazy eel guy, LMAS R2R Supporter

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    Here's a pic I took yesterday of my boy:
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    I have a ghost eel or white ribbon . Just like it. I never get to see it. When I feed only shows up the head. I had it for 9 months . .
    How active is yours.
    I really miss my golden tail in pictures few pages back .
     
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    Mine is very active does laps around the tank every few hours and almost always has its head out in its favorite rock.
     
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    Our Ribbon Merlin, is alone in a 55g. He's always taking his,..."laps", especially in the morning when the lights are low.
    He is so,oooo cool,..... when he swims. Just Love him !
     
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    Love your chainlink eel !
     
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    Any recommendations for a good place to buy eels online. I'm interested in a Muraena pavonina, any info anyone could share on these. Thanks
     
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    How do y'all think a snow flake and a ribbon will get along in a 75? I have a small snowflake now that is about 10-12" long and eats like a pig. I am in the process of planning a 75 predator reef with the snow flake, 2 dwarf lions, harlequin tusk and one more fish. I want to add a second eel if possible. Here is my snow flake.
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  20. tyler1503

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    I personally wouldn't. I wouldn't go smaller than a 180 for a ribbon eel.
    The snowflake may be too assertive for the ribbon too.
    Snowflakes are notorious food snatchers which can be difficult with other big eaters let alone a difficult to feed fish like a ribbon.
    A ribbon really needs to be the dominant fish to have any chance at survival unfortunately.
    By no mean take that as pure fact, it's just what I've observed over my time in the hobby.
     
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