Animal Stories - Banded Snake Eel

Animal-World Information about: Banded Snake Eel

Snake eels from the Myrichthys genus, are like the janitors of the reef, eating only dead fish or shrimp, like Nassarius Snails.  They happily eat thawed silversides and krill, need sand, and their smaller girth and eating habits make them great tank mates! 
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Lexi - 2015-03-18
Do they come up for air? I think I have baby ones in my tank, but they are in a hole in the rock always, do they live there ever?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2015-03-29
    I don't believe they have to come up for air - they get all the oxygen they need from the water. If you have babies, they may stay in the rock until they are bigger and ready to venture out looking for a new place to hang out.
Lakeland - 2011-10-11
My banded snake eel won't eat and I can't put the food front of home cause he is under the sand or swimming away from it

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  • Rajashekar - 2014-08-08
    Wow! What a great looking chair you've got Luna! And a great place to keep check on enityrhevg -- without being too obvious! Look forward to checking in on you next week.Sam Schnauzer
Carrie - 2011-08-25
I have owned Myrichthys maculosus. This eel is from the SAME genus. They do NOT like live items. They are carrion eaters and will be quite happy eating thawed silversides (feed according to their size) and any other thawed fish. They like thawed kill as well. The ONLY problem with these fish is they are escape artists. Gravel will harm them. They need a sand bed FREE of sharp objects like crushed coral. They stay under the sand for several days and come out to eat when hungry. If you must hand feed them, do it near the bottom of the tank so they do not associate the top of the tank with food.... which will lead to their escape. If you DO find yours on the ground, put it back in the tank for an hour or so, as they do go into hibernation if exposed to the air too long.

they WILL NOT eat live fish..... their sense of smell is only tuned into DEAD flesh. PERFECT snake eel for the reef!

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  • Anonymous - 2011-08-25
    Good to know as many wold believe their little fella had passed. Thank you
japs - 2008-04-08
It's really a cool pet but I am a bit worried because he hasn't eaten yet. I tried to feed him but he ignores the food that I am giving, instead he tries to escape, pretty sneaky. He is already 20 inches long and one finger thick.

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  • marco - 2010-04-05
    Yeah it really is cool but it's pretty should put a screen on it with tiny holes just small enough for the air to come in..thats what I their first day in the fish tank,they had managed to escape..I found the one under the cabinet and the other one on the floor..too lucky they didn't die.
  • ron - 2010-12-06
    I'm here in the philippines and I bought one of these eels for US$1.. I'm not sure if they were smuggled that's why they're so cheap.. and..... the vendor told me that they were a harmless banded eel and it was with a small fish together with the eel inside a sealed plastic bag with oxygen when I bought it... it was it's first day tonight.... in my open fish tank with 6 small fishes and 1 hammer head fish...
eel-keeper - 2007-08-13
We "inherited" one when a friend moved. He disappears for days at a time, then shows up early in the am. He moves very quickly and I have never been able to catch him to get him out of harms way when I clean the tank, so I just hope for the best. The family who had him before thought he was like an algae eater, but I think he tends to eat my smaller fish and debris on the bottom of the tank. I've never fed him, at least on purpose.

bluecrabber - 2007-04-13
Just got one a few days ago in VA, USA for $40. Thought he died or something as he just disappeared for several days. Then one morning I saw his head poking through sand in front of the tank.

He has ended up in the sump cavity on the back of my tank once. I don't really have a way to cover most of the tank because of the refugium and powerheads so i hope he doesn't bail out. I may glue some googly eyes on him if he does, kek!

These guys go pretty deep in the sand so they may disturb a deep sand bed if you depend on one.

It's been a week and he hasn't eaten yet.

kyle - 2006-06-16
keep your tank covered as these guys have the tendency to sneak out at night, krill is a good choice for a food, i have one that will eat krill out of my hand, really cool...

john - 2006-05-05

shan smith - 2006-04-16
I have been looking for this eel everywhere i would love to buy one.just dont know where.

Jack - 2005-08-26
great fish