Huge Eel Problem

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Hi everyone,

I present you a huge problem I've been having for practically a month now I don't know where else to go but on the forums now. My golden dwarf moray eel wont eat ANYTHING I give it. What's so strange is that it has eaten before (silversides only) and consistently, now its on this HUGE hunger strike and I don't know what to do! I suspect its because I may have given it a bad silverside and now it doesn't trust what I give it.
The following is what I've done to try to fix the issue but have no results.

Dietary:
- frozen Silversides with and without garlic and even stuffing food pellets in them
- Mysis shrimp
- Frozen shrimp from Costco and from my local seafood market and with and without garlic
- Krill
- Frozen raw Oyster
- Frozen raw Octopus
- Frozen raw Squid
- raw Silverfish
- Live Ghost shrimp
- Live Mollies
None of those work with using a tong and holding close to its face either steadily or shaking or leaving it there. It just sits and rots away. I tried to keep the lights off or on with both of the previous methods and nothings worked.

I double checked all my parameters salt is 1.024, ammonia and nitrates are either 0 or close to it, PH is low and phosphates. I even did water changes small and large. I don't dose anything and I even changed the rock work and added a pipe to hid in now which I think it likes.

I took out the biggest bristle worms there (assuming they're the hostile cause as to why it's scared). I don't have much living with it only a sea horse, 2 clowns, 2 emerald crabs, duncans, zoas and its in about a 20-25g tank. Probably a 10-12" size now.

The most it's done is vigorously shake its head back and forth indicating that it's just sniffing what I've given it. I've had the guy for more than a year now and it's so sad because I love the guy but he doesn't love me back anymore . I always catch it in the act of trying to leave the tank but can't because of the lid and he just stares back at me like how a kid does when they feel guilty after doing something wrong. How does an eel just suddenly stop eating like this?!?! (Cant attach the video to of when it ran it's head over a frozen octopus and did not want it at all, so here's my reef2reef post that has a video of it https://www.reef2reef.com/threads/huge-eel-problem.818418/#post-8783036 )
 

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Hi everyone,

I present you a huge problem I've been having for practically a month now I don't know where else to go but on the forums now. My golden dwarf moray eel wont eat ANYTHING I give it. What's so strange is that it has eaten before (silversides only) and consistently, now its on this HUGE hunger strike and I don't know what to do! I suspect its because I may have given it a bad silverside and now it doesn't trust what I give it.
The following is what I've done to try to fix the issue but have no results.

Dietary:
- frozen Silversides with and without garlic and even stuffing food pellets in them
- Mysis shrimp
- Frozen shrimp from Costco and from my local seafood market and with and without garlic
- Krill
- Frozen raw Oyster
- Frozen raw Octopus
- Frozen raw Squid
- raw Silverfish
- Live Ghost shrimp
- Live Mollies
None of those work with using a tong and holding close to its face either steadily or shaking or leaving it there. It just sits and rots away. I tried to keep the lights off or on with both of the previous methods and nothings worked.

I double checked all my parameters salt is 1.024, ammonia and nitrates are either 0 or close to it, PH is low and phosphates. I even did water changes small and large. I don't dose anything and I even changed the rock work and added a pipe to hid in now which I think it likes.

I took out the biggest bristle worms there (assuming they're the hostile cause as to why it's scared). I don't have much living with it only a sea horse, 2 clowns, 2 emerald crabs, duncans, zoas and its in about a 20-25g tank. Probably a 10-12" size now.

The most it's done is vigorously shake its head back and forth indicating that it's just sniffing what I've given it. I've had the guy for more than a year now and it's so sad because I love the guy but he doesn't love me back anymore . I always catch it in the act of trying to leave the tank but can't because of the lid and he just stares back at me like how a kid does when they feel guilty after doing something wrong. How does an eel just suddenly stop eating like this?!?! (Cant attach the video to of when it ran it's head over a frozen octopus and did not want it at all, so here's my reef2reef post that has a video of it https://www.reef2reef.com/threads/huge-eel-problem.818418/#post-8783036 )
I have multiple and hunger strikes do last a while from time to time. I buy a bunch of peppermint shrimp when I go on vacation for food. They love them. Kinda pricey but they will eat.. Harry's Marine Life has them for cheap.
 

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I have multiple and hunger strikes do last a while from time to time. I buy a bunch of peppermint shrimp when I go on vacation for food. They love them. Kinda pricey but they will eat.. Harry's Marine Life has them for cheap.
Yeah I'll go ahead and give that a try but are there any other cheaper alternatives as well as how long the hunger strike last and will they be forced to eat if its long enough?
 
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How often are you feeding and also looking at your R2R post. Are you using any ph buffer or just let it be with your water changes?
 
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Second on the hunger strike. In my experience, eels won’t feed for several days after having consecutive large meals. It takes a while to process a lot of food. Carnivores fill up, then take some time off until hunger kicks back in. Also, what do you mean by low PH? What’s your PH reading?
 
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