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    5 years with our Blue Ribbon Eel

    5 years with our Blue Ribbon Eel

    Here are some pics and vids of our Blue Ribbon Eel in our office. We got him in summer of 2006, and uploaded the pics and vids in 2007...










    Vid:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qVOnLdz2n8



    Here he is today...






    Vid:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5Qx_3g-t-A


    He was bright blue for several years, then turned darker and spotted. He does not really like to eat anymore, but will. He does still eat small fish that come near his pipe. At first it took a while to get him eating, and he ate regularly for about 4 years. The trick is to always have a pvc pipe for him to hide in... he will not eat unless he is in a pipe because he knows he is long and can be seen easily. We feed him one frozen silverside per week, because they are shaped like his favorite food... firefish. There are a lot of ideas about getting one to eat if you google "my blue ribbon eel eats!" (too long to post here). But give yourself 2 weeks of daily dedicated time to do it.

    Here is a pic of the pipe before it went in....




    If you are going to use a pipe, don't do the turned-up ends like we did. It collects waste inside, and it rots and can't get out. Instead, raise the pipe off the bottom a bit and keep it straight so waste can flow out. Or better, angle it slightly down on both ends, like a roof.
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    Re: 5 years with our Blue Ribbon Eel

    Awesome looking critter you have there. In the second pic there is something just to the right and forward of the pipe, it has mandarin fish colors to it, what is it?
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    Re: 5 years with our Blue Ribbon Eel

    Can you show as your corals as well ?

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    Re: 5 years with our Blue Ribbon Eel

    Yes it was a mandarin.

    Here is the tank from last year:
    www.radio-media.com/fish/Tank.htm

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    Do you still heave this blue ribbon eel?

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    No he died after 6 years. Slowly lost his appetite over a one year period.

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