Common Moray EelFamily: MuraenidaeGymnothorax kidakoPhoto © Animal-World: Courtesy David Brough
Moray Eels are true eels. Usually when the Common Moray Eel arrives at a marine fish supplier, they are juveniles, about 8-10 inches long.
This Common Moray Eel is about 2 1/2 feet. They are very colorful with interesting patterns. The Common Moray Eel will usually hang out in it's hole with it's head poking out. Their mouths gape as they respire showing off their long teeth which is often mistaken as a sign of aggression.
For more Information on keeping this fish see:
Guide to a Happy, Healthy Marine Aquarium
Yellow Edged Moray Eel
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Yellow Edged Moray Eel - Gymnothorax flavimarginatus
The yellow edged moray eel (Gymnothorax flavimarginatus) is a member of the family Muraenidae. The yellow-edged morays commonly inhabit drop-offs in coral or rocky areas of reef flats and protected shorelines to seaward reefs. The depth of the eel in the video is evident from the need for a light. They feed on cephalopods, fishes, and crustaceans. Their distribution includes the Indo-Pacific from the Red Sea and South Africa eastward to the Tuamotus and Austral islands, north to the Ryukyu and Hawaiian islands, south to New Caledonia, and in the eastern Pacific from Costa Rica, Panama and the Galapagos Islands. They can be found at depths as deep as 150 m (500 ft.). Yellow-edged morays can reach a length of up to 240 cm. (7.9 ft.) and are suitable only for very large aquariums.
The Common Moray Eel is easy to keep. Most eels are very hardy and readily eat all kinds of live and meaty foods.
Feed all kinds of live fish and meaty foods. Use a poker if necessary at first to place the food right in front of their mouth. Don't worry if it doesn't eat for a while at first, they can go for several weeks without food (and often do).
Common Moray Eel are found in the Indo-Pacific.
They feed mainly on small fishes in the wild with an occasional invertebrate.
Sociable and peaceful, can be considered a community fish as long as the tankmates are not small enough to eat!
Probably not possible in the aquarium. See Breeding Marine Fish page for a description of how they reproduce in the wild.
Several freshwater species are known to lay their eggs in the ocean and die afterwards.
No special requirements.
No special requirements. Normal temperatures for marine fish is between 74 and 79 degrees Fahrenheit.
Common Moray Eel adults can grow to 80cm (32 inches).
A minimum 100 gallon aquarium is recommended.
No special requirements.
Will generally stay in the bottom of the aquarium. Will find a cave or crawl under a rock and spend most of their time there with only their heads sticking out.
This fish is available from time to time.