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reefdude420
12/03/2008, 02:40 PM
I just got a new Snowflake Eel, I have had larger eels before in the past. This new guy is under 6 inches and very small. I used to feed my eel when I had them silver sides, ghost shrimp, small meaty items. Well this guy doesn't even look big enough to eat a ghost shrimp. I was wondering what people thought I should feed him. Anyone else have experience with an eel this small.

Recty
12/03/2008, 02:55 PM
Mysis shrimp would work, along with any just finely chopped marine meat. Any shrimp/crab/fish/scallop cut small enough should do the trick.

reefdude420
12/03/2008, 06:06 PM
Ideas on getting the food to him? Just put him in on Sun night and he has been quite reclusive since. I know where he has taken up residence but its in a quite high flow area. Should I use tongs to hold the food in front of him or skewer it on something to tease him out with. Any ideas?

Grouperhead
12/03/2008, 06:10 PM
Feed using either a stick or baster to target feed. Most small sfe I've dealt with couldn't resist mysis, so I'd try that.

ironhorse
12/03/2008, 08:49 PM
I cant get my zebra eel to eat for 2 weeks now, tomorrow I am getting a couple of crayfish to try, I have tried squid,shrimp,krill all with garlic juice and he will not even look at it.... He looks happy but stay's behind the rock work and really never comes out. sometimes he will put his head out for a little bit but that is it.. It is driving me nuts..

As for other fish I have narrow line puffer and a japanese Lion, I am adding blue throat trigger tomorrow night.

gnorts
12/04/2008, 04:56 AM
i had this problem with my snowflake, but i bought silver sides cut them up into peaces and used tongs to feed them to him. The first time he eight two hole silver sides and 3 days later now he barely touchs them. Im still trying to figure it out im going to try something new. He seems healthy otherwise just has no motive to eat. I should mention when I stick the silver sides in now he does come out and smell it but then gets startled and goes back in his rock.
It driving me nuts also!

ironhorse
12/04/2008, 07:32 AM
mine will not touch a thing I try to give him, I use a feeding stick tonight I am going to try a cray fish and see what happens. I was told he could go a month without eating ( I hope not ) that would really drive me crazy.

Recty
12/04/2008, 09:37 AM
The other thing is maybe not "bugging" him so much. How often do you stick something in the tank and poke at his face?

It might be a good idea to only try to feed every 2 days, maybe just every 3 days.

jtreefdweller
12/04/2008, 07:37 PM
They only need to eat 2-3 times every week. You can try feeding live mussels and just let him rip it apart. That's what I do with mine. They can be very picky. I feed mine mussels and squid. Sometimes he won't take the food even if he is hanging out looking hungry. I guess I am used to snakes that go 6+ months without eating so it doesn't concern me when he doesn't eat for a while.