Black Ribbon Eel ~ Blue Ribbon EelFamily: Muraenidae Rhinomuraena quaesitaPhoto © Animal-World: Courtesy David Brough
The Black Ribbon Eel seen above is a juvenile. The Blue Ribbon Eel is bright blue with a yellow mouth and is the adult color of a mature male black ribbon eel. A female Ribbon Eel is yellow.
These eels are only recommended for experienced aquarists!
These are probably the hardest eel to keep since they can be finicky eaters, often refusing food.The Ribbon Eel, Black Ribbon Eel, Blue Ribbon Eel should only be kept by very experience marine enthusiats as they are extremely difficult to acclimate to captivity. We have had success with only one! Getting it started on ghost shrimp and then guppies.
For more Information on keeping marine fish see:
Guide to a Happy, Healthy Marine Aquarium
Ribbon Eel, Amazing Rhythmic Gymnast? No an amazing Ribbon Eel! (Rhinomuraena quaesita)
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Great video of a male Ribbon Eel in the wild.
The beautiful undulating movements of the Ribbon Eel captures the eyes and hearts of most saltwater enthusiasts! There have been several more success stories in keeping these creatures alive in captivity as of late, but they are still suited to advanced aquarists who are willing to take the time to train them to take frozen/thawed foods. This video is one of a male in the wild. Juveniles are black and females are yellow to greenish blue or green, although females are not seen as often. They can reach almost 4 feet, but due to their skinny and compressed bodies, they do not demand a tank as large as deep bodied eels would need!
Blue Ribbon Eel feeding 1 (Rhinomuraena quaesita)
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Great how to video to get your Ribbon Eel to start eating!
This video shows how to elicit a feeding response when you have one Ribbon Eel. The rosy red fish was alive and when it wiggled out of the grabber. Notice that the aquarist pretended the grabber was another eel chasing the fish, then the Ribbon Eel got excited and grabbed his meal! Notice that the lights are dimmed down, and the tank is transitioning to lights off, so the brights are low. This is the best time to train them to eventually eat frozen/thawed silversides.
Maintenance difficulty: The Ribbon Eel, Black Ribbon Eel, Blue Ribbon Eel is very difficult to keep. They are so difficult to keep, they are better left in the ocean! They are finicky eaters that need a lot of work to get to eat. Try all kinds of seafood, squid, shrimp, krill, and live food like guppies. They will also eat ghost shrimp if they are available.
Maintenance: 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).
Social Behaviors: Sociable and peaceful, can be considered a community fish as long as the tankmates are not small enough to eat! Since its' mouth is fairly small, it is probably one of the best eels for the community aquarium.
Sex: Sexual differences: The juvenile is black, like the eel shown in the picture. As they mature, the black will turn blue with the tips of the mouth and inside the mouth turning yellow. Apparently they will grow larger to become fully grown females which are a golden yellow color.
Several freshwater species of eels are known to lay their eggs in the ocean and die afterwards.