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RE: How to differentiate species?

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Posted by: Katrina at Tue Nov 16 22:33:22 2004  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by Katrina ]  
   

When mine were smaller (8-12 inches), I would feed them tubifex worm cubes, bloodworms (frozen type from a pet store fish department), pre-killed (frozen) fish of appropriate size, and pieces of earthworm. They kept taking fish and earthworms as they grew, but stopped taking the tubifex. I found that they also loved wax worms, but only offered that occasionally, and once they grew to 14-16 inches, a wax worm was like a potato chip to them! Ed turned me onto pre-killed pinkie mice when mine grew larger, and I also offered pieces of cooked shrimp. I would buy a 1/4lb of fresh shrimp, and freeze them so that I could pull one out at a time. Pop a frozen shrimp in a microwave-safe cup with an inch or two of water and microwave for 20 seconds, then run under cold water and remove shell. Cut into appropriately sized pieces. Any fish that die in the tank will promptly be eel food. I had non-aggressive tetras in with mine, and a cory cat. My gold tetras bred like mad, too. I kept angel fish in there for a time, but thought they were too agressive and might harm baby eels, and gave the angels to someone else. They had babies in the tank also, but they didn't last very long.

FYI, they love lots of plants/hiding spaces in the water, or at least mine did. I had a large sword plant in there at one time, and they would hang out near the surface some days, supported by the large leaves.

Katrina


   

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