Half Banded Spiny Eel Help

Discussion in 'Oddball Fish' started by perrydaplatypus, Jun 17, 2018.

  1. perrydaplatypusValued MemberMember

    Alright guys and gals i may have jumped the gun and bought a half banded spiny eel, thats what i believe it is after soing research online, from a fish store. Will my eel be fine in my tank if i only have regular imagitarium gravel. He/she seems fine with it and is able to burrow in and out no problem so far, but i read that if i dont have sand it cam be dangerous for him. Is this true? Am i fine? If not any recomendations on how to swap it out? I was thinking if i had to swap one side of tank now and try to do rest later so as not to disturb the BB too much. Or leave a small layer of the gravel under the sand so some of the BB will remain.
     
  2. McasellaFishlore VIPMember

    If the gravel is shape when it buries it can hurt itself and quite badly. Your BB is going to be 95% in your filter, changing out the gravel (don't clean the filter for a couple weeks after this switch as it can cause a mini cycle from all the gunk in the gravel causing ammonia spikes the filter bacteria needs to take care of before cleaning filter) to sand will not hurt. About 5% of your bacteria hangs out in the rest of the tank, substrate, decor, and such, this switch will not kill off your major bacteria that is keeping your cycle.
     
  3. snowballPLECOValued MemberMember

    I advocate for sand no matter what fish you have, it’s the best substrate. It can’t hurt your fish and it gives them the ability to sift through it.
     
  4. perrydaplatypusValued MemberMember

    Thanks guys
     
  5. Bradley MolesValued MemberMember

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