Although less aggressive than other saltwater morays, the Snowflake Eel can become pugnacious at feeding time.
Muraenidae (Moray Eels)
Echidna nebulosa (Ahl, 1789)
Other Common Names
Clouded, Nebulous, and Starry Eel or Moray Eel.
Hawaii southward to Australia, westward through the islands of the Indo-Pacific to the East Indies, and across the Indian Ocean to the coast of Africa.
Provide with many places to hide, and ample room to move around. Due to this eel's size and strength, rock formations should be stacked firmly to prevent structures from becoming dislodged.
Attains at least three feet (36 inches) in length.
Minimum Tank Size Suggested
No less than 75 gallons, because it can outgrow a small aquarium in a rather short period of time.
Characteristics and Compatibility
Although considered to be less aggressive than other saltwater morays, the Snowflake Eel can become very pugnacious at feeding time. With poor eyesight but a keen sense of smell, when food is detected it emerges from hiding and aggressively searches it out. This moray is best kept with similar in nature aggressive fish species, and ones larger in size than the eel to discourage predation, and can live communally with other eels if plenty of room and shelter is provided.
Diet and Feeding
A predatory bottom-dweller, this carnivore will actively go in search of food.
With blunt teeth for crushing its favorite prey, crustaceans, the Snowflake Eel also eats fish. Juvenile and adult specimens alike readily adapt to aquarium life, accepting all types of fresh and frozen fares including clam, crab, shrimp, squid, scallop and fish meat. Usually if well fed, by feeding several times a week of an amount of food to satisfy the eel's appetite, it ignores other tank inhabitants.
It is not uncommon for eels to go into a "hibernation" period, often hiding and not eating for several weeks, or longer.
Reef Tank Suitability
Not considered reef safe. Will eat crustaceans and fish tankmates.
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