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Snowflake Eel

 
Snowflake Moray Eels have white bodies with black blotches and gold speckles. Snowflake Moray eels are usually peaceful but may try to swallow small fish or crustaceans. They are okay for reef aquariums and will not...


Scientific Name Echidna nebulosa


Common Names Snowflake Moray, Nebulous Moray, Starry Moray, Clouded Moray Eel


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Cheaper smaller eel than most others. featured

Comments If you want an Eel for your 50g or larger than that this I would say is a good one. They can get up to 2' long so I wouldn't recommend them in anything smaller. His care seems so far easy, like a teenager, you only know he exists at night or when its time to eat. Being nocturnal they can't see very well so they rely on smell to find their prey. I drop a piece of squid in my tank and he comes out hunting. Having water flow kinda throws him off but spot feeding with tongs would be easier. They can grow pretty quick depending on how much you feed them and at night is when they come out looking around the tank. Prefer live food but can be weaned off to frozen. I feed mine Squid strips and Ghost Shrimp. They will nip at your fingers if it smells like food.

These guys also like to hide during the day time so adequate caves or rocks to hide in is a plus. Make sure your rocks are secure so they don't topple down your aquascaping. If you keep it in a reef tank, make sure you watch your corals. They eat crustations so shrimp and crabs may be dinner for them.


Liked about it Colorful designs, I love to watch them eat, and he dont mess with most of my fish (as long as they are larger than him).


Didn't like Nocturnal so they hide a lot. They have been known to nip at fingers so watch that when in your tank.


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4.5

By Quik Z06
Jul 19, 2011
 
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Great attention getter.... featured

Comments These eels are great additions to your tank. They work well in a FOWLR tank and in a reef tank they will leave your corals alone. The only thing you need to watch in a reef tank is they do grow quickly (24" to 30") and can easily topple some rock if not secured, which could damage corals. They are very hardy. When first added to your tank you can expect them to stay hidden for days until they get comfortable. During this time is the greatest risk of escape so cover your top the best that you can. They love silversides and krill. Feed them with tongs. Aside from the pain of a bite, eels carry some nasty bacteria that could cause infection quickly. Also, they do not see very well but have a keen sense of smell. You can expect them to bite your tongs until they find the food at the end of them. They will stay hidden most of the time until lights go out or they smell that its feeding time. Be wary of any smaller fish that you cherish as they could become a quick dinner for your eel. Your tank needs plenty of live rock to hide. Even a piece of pvc pipe will provide a hiding spot.


Liked about it Very easy to care for. Great colors. Interesting to watch. Cheap to purchase. If you have the room in your tank you will be pleased with this eel. Most docile eel I have seen.


Didn't like Messy eaters. They will stay hidden most of the time until the lights go out or they get hungry. They can climb out of your tank so take precautions. If you have plenty of hiding places and a large tank you should be fine. Larger eels can move rock so secure your rocks well.


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4.3
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4.0

By deanp88
Nov 06, 2010
 
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Love them!!

Comments I think morays are awesome but alot of them get so big and aggressive that it is hard to care for them right. Snowflake morays are a size that is manageable and not overly aggressive. I have kept them for years and in a predator fish only tank I have had great success. They grow really quickly so you really should start them in a tank thats big enough to house them their whole life. Secure your rocks well so they dont push them over and hurt themselves and vary their diet with squid, crab, silversides, etc. and they will be an amazing addition to your aquarium.


Liked about it I love how colorful they are.
I can house them in an aquarium that isnt super big and they will be comfortable.
They are a definite crowd pleaser when friends come to visit and see your tank.


Didn't like Make sure your tank is secure because these guys are escape artists!!
Besides that they are considerably easy morays to care for and house.


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5.0
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5.0

By aquaman1987
Mar 04, 2011
 
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a docile eel

General I rescued my snowflake from a friend that had moved and thought the eel had climbed out of the tank, only to have his brother find it when he was tearing down the tank. They grow fast but are relatively docile. He did decimate my peppermint shrimp collection and ate a purple reef lobster, I thought the lobster was big enough but I underestimated the eels ability to eat something that large.

It does not bother my fish, in fact if anything the sailfin tang I have is constantly harassing the eel. Although the eel did eat a sick chromis that was on it's way out. Most people place tops on their tanks with these but mine stopped exploring the tank after a few days and does not leave his rock hidey hole.

Messy eaters, they produce a lot of waste and you need to keep up on your water changes to battle the ensuing nitrates.


Liked about it Docile, for an eel.
attractive markings


Didn't like shy
sometimes makes me nervous during feeding time
dirty feeders, It's hard to keep my nitrates down.


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3.0

By Kyuss
Jun 14, 2009
 
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Fun and entertaining

General The snowflake eel is a great addition to a fish only tank, although I had one in a reef set-up with a cleaner shrimp(which I would not recommend because most of the time they would eat them). The eel was hidden most of the time unless he was hungry or I got the krill out to feed him. They can be kind of aggressive at feeding time so be sure to use tongs for feeding. They can even be fun for the beginner. And with a rather low price tag this is one eel you can actually afford to have.


Liked about it Fun to feed, very beautiful


Didn't like stays hidden a lot and can be aggressive


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4.0
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5.0

By CoonValleyCorals May 03, 2009
 
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Active lil guy

General A cool addition to tank when out they are cool to watch swim. make sure you have a top on tank they will try to get out sometimes. Do grow pretty fast if fed well


Liked about it When out from the rocks swims all over tank, very active. fun to watch


Didn't like Hides most of the time


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4.0

By clowninaround
Jun 07, 2009
 
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