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Saltwater Aquarium Moray Eels

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Water quality - Even the smallest species is a relatively large fish compared to most other species commonly kept and, as such, their feed input and waste output is pretty prodigious. Filtration must cope with the large quantities of solid waste these fishes generate, so mechanical media needs to be suitably efficient and cleaned regularly.Consider the quantities of ammonia that can be generated - and that includes potentially dangerous 'spikes' after meals. Extremely efficient biological filtration is also a must, with an adequately sized external canister or trickle filtration being ideal, and ensure a high turnover for adequate oxygenation. Don't even consider a moray without a preferably oversized protein skimmer. Monitor alkalinity and pH, as it's easy for values to fall outside optimal with the high biomass.

What to feed - Morays diet varies. They're all carnivorous, but some require a crustacean-based diet while others will favour fish or squid. The greatest clue to any species diet is dentition. Crustacean feeders tend to have flattened teeth for grinding and crunching hard-shelled invertebrates, while the needle-like teeth of piscivorous species are used for spearing and gripping slippery prey. Whatever the diet of your chosen species, variety is important. Specialist crustacean feeders should have a range of prawns and crabs. Piscivores will benefit from a mix of frozen fish species as well as squid. Vitamin supplementation should be considered for all morays to prevent dietary deficiencies.

Tank mates - Tank mates should vary, depending on species and diet and smaller, crustacean feeders can co-habit with a range of fish species and sessile invertebrates, although they may eat very small fish. Larger, more predatory morays need to be kept in either a species aquarium or with robust, aggressive or semi-aggressive species. Porcupine fish, puffers, lionfish and triggers can be good choices of companion - providing they're not meal-sized. Can morays be maintained in a reef system? It's possible for the smaller species, notably the Snowflake and Chain link but filtration still needs to be able to cope with relatively high waste outputs. For larger morays, maintaining water quality suitable for invertebrates becomes much more of a challenge. Realistically, you'll want to consider these specimens for a fish-only system and species or mixed large 'predator' set-ups will be the best route. Final Caution - Saltwater Moray Eels can be a challenge to keep due to their ability to escape aquariums. Keep a tight fitting lid or light diffuser panel on the tank. When feeding Eels, remember that an Eels eyesight is very poor. They may accidentally bite your hand. We recommend the use of feeding tongs instead of using fingers. A bite from any Eel can cause a serious bacterial infection. It is important to clean the wound area well and immediately seek medical help.


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Aquarium Conditioned, Wolf Eel
Congrogadus subducens
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Description: This fish from the Indo-West Pacific is neither an eel nor a blenny (and most certainly not a wolf). Other common names include the carpet eel blenny or just plain ol' eel blenny. As described in detail in Fish Tales 2004-4, this fish is a member of the Pseudochromidae (Dottyback) family. The male wolf eel is green, while the female is a more drab gray/brown with a pinkish hue that seems to vary in intensity.
Recommended Tank: A 50 gallon or larger aquarium with plenty of hiding places throughout the aquarium.
Food and diet: Its diet should include meaty foods such as small marine fish, chopped clam, and prawns in its diet.
Reef Compatability: with caution
Level of Care: Easy
Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 6" to 7"; Medium: 7" to 8"; Large: 8" to 10";; XLarge: 10" to 14"

Small $49.99 Medium $54.99 Large $59.99XLarge $69.99


Hass's Spotted Garden Eel
Taenioconger hassi
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Description: The Spotted Garden Eel, also known as Hass's Garden Eel. A portion of the Garden eel is usually buried in the sand, If he is approached and feels in danger the spotted Garden Eel will retreat into the substrate. Several of these eels may be kept together in a 50 gallon or larger aquarium with at least 6 inches of sand, a gentle current, and without aggressive tank mates. Decor should be kept at a minimum. A tight-fitting lid is required to prevent escape.
Recommended Tank: A 50-gallon or larger aquarium with a sand bed at least 6 inches deep. If multiple specimens are desired we recommend one start with a 75 gallon or larger tank. Most of the eels that are lost in an aquarium are due to poorly sealed tanks. All eels are escape artists, be cautious.
Food and diet: arden Eel diet consists of meaty foods and live foods such as freshwater ghost shrimp or small feeder fish.
Reef Compatability: Excellent
Level of Care: Moderate
Approximate Purchase Size: 8" to 12"

$59.99

Golden Moray Eel
Gymnothorax miliaris
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Description: The Golden Moray Eel is simply stunning. Coming from only a few of the reef areas off the coast of South Africa. Since they are a Dwarf eel, they can be placed in smaller tanks that larger Moray eels require. In the wild they will only reach about a length of 2 feet. And in an aquarium they stay smaller than that. Best kept in a tank with a secure lid and plenty of hiding spots. The Golden Moray is considered a peaceful tankmate. While it does not commonly eat other fish or crustaceans there is always the possibility that it may eat fish that are small enough to fit in its mouth, as well as a variety of crustaceans. Color on these beauties can vary to any shade of yellow with black spots of varying size.
Recommended Tank: A 55 gallon or larger aquarium
Food and diet: Carnivorous, feed a variety of foods including live fish and meaty foods. Once aquarium acclimated you will find the Golden Moray will do fine on just meaty foods such as squid.
Reef Compatability: with caution
Level of Care: Moderate
Approximate Purchase Size: Small 4" to 6" Medium 6" to 12" Large: 12" to 18"

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Aquarium Conditioned, Black Ribbon Eel
Rhinomuraena quaesita
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Description: The Ribbon Eel family is quite a colorful lot. The juveniles start out black, then change color in adulthood. The males turn blue and yellow, eventually becoming females and turning yellow or yellow-green later in life. They are relatively peaceful, though they are predators. It is often seen sitting with its mouth open to breathe, frequently mistaken for a predatorial stance. This species can live very long, and they do great in large aquariums with a good amount of rock to hide in. Studies have shown that this species does better in aquariums when in pairs.
Recommended Tank: Black Ribbon Eels should be supplied with an aquarium of at least 75 gallons, a sand substrate, and plenty of live rock, which provides at least one (preferably two) cavernous refuge where it can hide its entire body (make sure the live rock is secure as they are a powerful species and can dislodge rockwork). They should also be equipped with efficient biological and mechanical filtration and would greatly benefit from the addition of a quality protein skimmer to assist with organic waste. Eels are known for their excellent escape and jumping skills and should only be housed in an aquarium with a tight-fitting, sealed hood; they are also a nocturnal species and should only be exposed to subdued lighting conditions during their first few days of acclimation to a new environment.
Food and diet: In the aquarium it will most likely need to receive live foods such as ghost shrimp, but in time it will learn to feed frozen or freeze-dried krill, strips of fresh or frozen fish, fresh or frozen uncooked shrimp, and most meaty foods. It can be taught to hand feed, although this should be done with caution, as it can inflict a painful bite.
Reef Compatability: with caution
Level of Care: Difficult
Approximate Purchase Size: 18" to 24"

$99.99


Blue Ribbon Eel
Taenioconger hassi
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Description: The Blue Ribbon Eel, also known as the Yellow Ribbon Eel, is a stunningly vibrant specimen in the Moray Eel family from the Indo-Pacific region. The Ribbon Eel family is quite a colorful lot. The juveniles start out black, then change color in adulthood. The males turn blue and yellow, eventually becoming females and turning yellow or yellow-green later in life. They are somewhat aggressive, being a predatorial fish. It is often seen sitting with its mouth open to breathe, frequently mistaken for a predatorial stance. This species can live very long, and they do great in large aquariums with a good amount of rock to hide in. Studies have shown that this species does better in aquariums when in pairs.
Recommended Tank: Blue Ribbon Eels should be supplied with an aquarium of at least 75 gallons, a sand substrate, and plenty of live rock, which provides at least one (preferably two) cavernous refuge where it can hide its entire body (make sure the live rock is secure as they are a powerful species and can dislodge rockwork). They should also be equipped with efficient biological and mechanical filtration and would greatly benefit from the addition of a quality protein skimmer to assist with organic waste. Eels are known for their excellent escape and jumping skills and should only be housed in an aquarium with a tight-fitting, sealed hood; they are also a nocturnal species and should only be exposed to subdued lighting conditions during their first few days of acclimation to a new environment.
Food and diet: In the aquarium it will most likely need to receive live foods such as ghost shrimp, but in time it will learn to feed frozen or freeze-dried krill, strips of fresh or frozen fish, fresh or frozen uncooked shrimp, and most meaty foods. It can be taught to hand feed, although this should be done with caution, as it can inflict a painful bite.
Reef Compatability: with caution
Level of Care: Difficult
Approximate Purchase Size: 18" to 24"

$99.99

White Ribbon "Ghost" Eel
Pseudechidna brummeri
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Description: The White Ribbon Eel, also known as the Ghost Eel, is from the Indo-Pacific region. Though it is related to the Blue Ribbon Eel, the White Ribbon Eel is the only member of the Pseudechidna genus in all the Moray Eel family. The body is mostly white with salt and pepper spots around the head and long nostrils extending from the nose. The coloring of this species can change with age, taking on a brown tone. They are somewhat aggressive, being a predatorial fish. This species can live very long, and they do great in large aquariums with a good amount of rock to hide in. Studies have shown that this species does better in aquariums when in pairs.
Recommended Tank: White Ribbon Eels should be supplied with an aquarium of at least 55 gallons, a sand substrate, and plenty of live rock, which provides at least one (preferably two) cavernous refuge where it can hide its entire body (make sure the live rock is secure as they are a powerful species and can dislodge rockwork). They should also be equipped with efficient biological and mechanical filtration and would greatly benefit from the addition of a quality protein skimmer to assist with organic waste. Eels are known for their excellent escape and jumping skills and should only be housed in an aquarium with a tight-fitting, sealed hood; they are also a nocturnal species and should only be exposed to subdued lighting conditions during their first few days of acclimation to a new environment.
Food and diet: In the aquarium it will most likely need to receive live foods such as ghost shrimp, but in time it will learn to feed frozen or freeze-dried krill, strips of fresh or frozen fish, fresh or frozen uncooked shrimp, and most meaty foods. It can be taught to hand feed, although this should be done with caution, as it can inflict a painful bite.
Reef Compatability: with caution
Level of Care: Difficult
Approximate Purchase Size: 18" to 24"

$99.99

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Photos are representative of each species. All marine life will be unique and variations should be expected, color and sizes may vary.
*Guarantee Restriction: All of our livestock are guaranteed. However for one or more of these species, they may be marked with a guarantee restriction. If it does, it means the specific animal may not handle stress from environmental conditions well. These stresses can include poor water quality, harassment from tank mates or confined aquarium conditions. When stressed, these species can lose the ability to ward off infection and disease. Other species may be listed as Restricted because they have such specialized feeding requirements that is difficult recreate in a aquarium and may succumb to malnutrition.