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Crustaceans such as these white banded coral shrimp (Stenopus hispidus) may make for little more than a tasty snack to a snowflake eel. So, unless you're willing to part with them, it might be wise to house them separately.

tha^sinkkad came, sickeningly, to jUlize the expression "slippery as an eel" is as about as true as an expression can get. There was simply no way I P^uld get ahold of our ribbon eel with my hands.

Down the plugholeji||w£nt. What a survivor. Between wanting to throw-up ■nd wondering if we had a monkey wrench, I dismantled the bathroom plumbing. Maybe I could find our missing friend in the U-bend. Is that not where they find missing engagement rings in sitcoms? In any event, the good ship Rabin was set to depart for warmer climes in about six hours, and I had the bathroom in pieces. I never did find our friend.

Finally, Our Snowflake

As any good father would do, I lied ^bout the whole thing. My wife cried. We resolved not to tell the children anything and were intent on replacing our lovely ribbon eel with a hardy snowflake on our return. The fact that we were able to keep a fish recommended only for the advanced aquar-ist was small consolation.

On our return to Canada, after a terrific visit to the Tennessee Aquarium and a delightful stay in a town that I had thought Glen Miller had made up, Chattanooga, I emptied the skimmer of the most disgusting stuff I had ever seen (we had left the care and feeding of the cats and fish to friends who had never had a cat or a fish). The tank looked just fine after a little wildow cleaning and a top-off of water. It was time for eel number two, and this time we'd get the right one.

Soon, our snowflake was home and indeed adopted the very same home as our sorely missed white ribbon and all has been well ever since. After being fed a variety of raw seafoods every other day, it's become a rather happy camper. Snowflakes are known for their taste in crabs and other crusties, but, so far — knock on wood — we've had no casualties. Snowflake, for that's what we've named it — is about 6 inches long at the moment and is really quite a shy little fellow, unlike the sociable ribbon eel. But it has become an interesting, if hobbitlike, inhabitant of our new 55.

We made some missteps along the way and lost two fish, but the adventure overall was both fun and informative for my son and I. U

Jeff Rabin, Ph.D., and his young son, David, maintain a 55-gallon African cichlid tank and a 55-gallon marine tank.

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