Brackish eel tank

Discussion in 'Tips and Techniques' started by Pettyrocker, Jun 30, 2016.

  1. Pettyrocker

    Pettyrocker New Member

    im planning on getting a "freshwater" eel. They advertise as snowflakes but it isnt really a snowflake. I know they are technically salt fish but live in "salty freshwater" or brakish as its known. Any tips on set up? Do i want to use freah water and add salt every few days? Thats what the pet store suggests. Im going to start him out in a 20gal long tank but my equipment will be upscaled for the tank upgrade down the line. I also have no clue how to eel proof a lid for the tank in case he isnt happy at first...
     
  2. lmforbis

    lmforbis Well-Known Member

    I have only seen snowflakes as full salt water. They come from indonesia. I wouldn't try to go brackish with those. It is possible it could be a different species with the same common name. I had a saltwater snowflake. It was very easy and didn't really need a huge tank because they aren't open water swimmers. He did eventually get out and die.
     
  3. Pettyrocker

    Pettyrocker New Member

    They arent true Snowflakes. They are a varient that lives in brackish waters. I think as they age they become more marine-full
     
  4. lmforbis

    lmforbis Well-Known Member

  5. Pettyrocker

    Pettyrocker New Member

    Thats what they have, yes. Brackish -marine water. They saidnjust add salt every now and again. Feel like it should be more exact than that.. Theirs were in with pechostomus and gold fish..
     
  6. lmforbis

    lmforbis Well-Known Member

    You need to keep the salt level constant. Buy a refractometer and calibration fluid, around $50. With that you can measure the salinity of the water. When you do water changes the salinity should be the same each time whether it is brackish or full salt. When you replace evaporated water it should be pure water (reverse osmosis deionized or distilled).
     

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