Eel prime murder suspect! Help! D:

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    Her0 Samuel Eel Jackson's pet

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    Hey guys, I have a Snowflake eel in a new (2 months) tank.

    He was added around the same time as the three fish that live with him. (2x Zebra Damsels, 1x Royal Blue Damsel)

    I decided it was time to add a clean up crew for the left overs.

    I added 4x Turbo Snails and 4x Hermit Crabs, when I added them I'm the Snowflake came out of his cave and headbutted each of the new crew. I thought nothing of it, he is normally pretty curious.

    I woke up today and one of the Zebras and the Royal Blue are gone without a trace. I pulled apart the live rocks looking for any sign of them but no luck.

    I think maybe putting the crabs in triggered something wild in the Snowflake and he has become aggressive. He was very docile before and never bothered the fish.

    What should I do from here?
     
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    Aquarian

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    Well I guess you got him past the not eating phase. That sucks that you lost fish but the eel is a predator and will find a meal when it swims by.
     
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    Sakura2282 Reef lover!!!

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    How big is your tank?

    I think that eel will eat anything that can fit in its mouth. Small fish will be an easy pray for it.
     
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    Probably snuck up on them at night while they were sleeping. Sitting ducks in a small tank. Nothing to do with the crabs - they just eat fish.
     
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    AnthonyTheNewbie

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    People tend to forget that Snowflakes are a Moray Eel. They are carnivores and will eat fish.
     
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    BL1 ............. Moderator

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    That being said, it's totally possible that adding the CUC triggered the eels natural feeding response.
     
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