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Jav400 03-27-2011 09:40 AM

I guess I never thought of that as being the problem that would crop up. After all the years of the fish not being close to the bottom, I figured that would be your problem more than something like this.

Eels don't swim per se, like a fish. Of course the size of an aquarium causes some of this problem, but when Harvey moved it was more like a snake in some ways. He pushed himself off of the bottom to get forward movement going and then sort of "undulated" to keep that movement going. But it was of course always for short distances, and then he sank back to the bottom. When he came up to take food from me part of him was always in contact with the bottom except for short bursts, then when he got larger and longer he usually just raised himself up to stick his head near the surface to grab food.

As he comes out of the cave slightly, I figured the problem was going to be the overall movement if he isn't on the bottom. Just what is he supposed to be "hanging on to"?

Maybe a short trip to your local aquarium store to watch one would help.............

Jim Sachs 03-27-2011 11:01 AM

Since the majority of the body is hidden in the cave, the problem of what he is hanging on to doesn't really arise. You just assume his belly is on the floor somewhere back there. But the fact that he's so close to the ground does bring up the question of shadows, and I plan to handle that the same way I do for the clams, with a transparent moveable mask.

bigbass22 03-28-2011 01:05 PM

Hi Jim
So happy to hear that Harvey will soon make his appearance in the aquarium. Last year I was snorkelling in Cuba and was warned not to be too agressive around Morays (saw 2 of them) Can I assume that Harvey will be on a perpetual diet or be perhaps be classified as a Vegan Moray?
Jim Harris

Jim Sachs 03-28-2011 02:31 PM

Michael says that this type plays well with others, and is suitable for aquarium use (it has no teeth).

rctneil 03-28-2011 02:33 PM

The Eel looks fantastic.

I too would like to add a "Are we nearly there yet?" to this thread! :-)

Anyway, great work and can't wait to adopt him into my tank!


rctneil 04-02-2011 07:08 AM

Any updates on Harvey, Jim?

Jim Sachs 04-02-2011 10:35 AM


kona001 04-03-2011 10:15 PM


Originally Posted by Jim Sachs (Post 130699)
Got the eel in the tank and swaying slightly. Still have to do the real animation, but looks pretty good so far.

This is great news :) I can't wait.

rctneil 04-07-2011 07:45 AM

Absolutely can't wait for a beta version with Harvey!

Jim Sachs 04-07-2011 09:27 AM

The "breathing" animation is looking pretty good, but I'm still having a hard time with the bending of the neck.

ESHIREY 04-07-2011 10:00 AM

Just take your hand and twist..................... hahahahaha

Bob 04-07-2011 10:18 AM


Originally Posted by ESHIREY (Post 131868)
Just take your hand and twist..................... hahahahaha

But then Jim will have to name him Igor instead of Harvey.

ESHIREY 04-07-2011 10:28 AM

Oooops. We don't want that.

streetwolf 04-07-2011 01:07 PM


Originally Posted by Bob (Post 131869)
But then Jim will have to name him Igor instead of Harvey.

That's pronounced Eye-gor.

Nicki 04-07-2011 02:49 PM


streetwolf 04-07-2011 02:57 PM

Frau Blucher whinny, neigh.

Wizwad 04-07-2011 03:12 PM

You know you lot are crazy, right?

streetwolf 04-07-2011 03:52 PM


Originally Posted by Wizwad (Post 131879)
You know you lot are crazy, right?

We are going Stir Crazy waiting for Harvey.


ESHIREY 04-07-2011 06:55 PM


Originally Posted by Wizwad (Post 131879)
You know you lot are crazy, right?

Yes we are. That's what makes us a great Family. :loco:

patscarr 04-16-2011 12:18 PM

What's the latest on Harvey, Jim?

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