Morays for the Home Aquarium The following morays make excellent candidates for the home aquarium, being adaptable and easily weaned onto non- living foods. All of the following species houldliveforadecadeormoreincaptivity, as long as you strive to maintain quality water conditions, prevent escapes, and o not overfeed. Most moray species tend to be territorial; only one moray should be kept per aquarium unless otherwise noted.
Maximum Size: 40 inches
The snowflake moray is the most
commonly offered moray in the trade,
and for good reason: It is a small, docile,
colorful, and hardy moray that is easily
kept in the community or reef aquarium.
Multiple snowflake eels can be housed in
the same aquarium because this species
is very docile, even towards its own
kind. The snowflake moray will consume
crustaceans, so do not house it with
ornamental crabs, lobsters, or shrimp.
For those wanting to try their hands at
keeping a moray, the snowflake moray
comes highly recommended.
Snowflake morays Echidna nebulosa are one of the only moray species that can be kept in
groups in the aquarium.
Maximum Size: 60 inches
The beautiful zebra moray is a striking
eel for the large home aquarium, being
docile toward fishes and invertebrates,
except for crustaceans. This large eel adapts
readily to captivity and has a very unique
pattern of alternating black, brown, and
white vertical stripes. Ensure that plenty
of hiding places are available, as the zebra
moray can be very shy, especially during
daylight hours. Be aware that this species is
a fast grower—my zebra moray is growing
almost an inch per month! When choosing
a zebra moray, I recommend purchasing
a smaller specimen, since it will adapt to
aquarium life faster than larger eels.
Young zebra moray eels Gymnomuraena zebra adjust readily to captive life and grow quickly.
Maximum Size: 65 inches
The chain-link moray has a unique
pattern of black or brown on white. It is a
peaceful eel, also consuming crustaceans.
Similar in size, care, and temperament to
the zebra moray, this is another unique
Relatively small and hardy, the golden moray Gymnothorax miliaris occurs in several color
variations, from bright yellow and gold to a speckled brown and gold.
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