Animal Stories - Zebra Moray Eel

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The Zebra Moray Eel is the absolute best captive kept eel that can be housed with small fish, however they do need a large tank!
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Sidney Bragg - 2019-07-27
I bought my zebra Marie Eel about five days ago he sticking his head up out of the coral but he is not moving around the Tank he eats well when I put food into the tank for him he comes up and eat some food so that’s not a problem how long do you think it will be before he starts moving around the tank I have a few fish in the tank I’ve got some angel fish and I have some tangs as well is that a problem what do you guys think

Fishnerd2000 - 2014-04-27
I need help! Today when I was getting prepared to feed my snowflake eel I caught him attempting to eat my clownfish. I stopped him. WHAT Should I Do?!?! I don't want to get rid of him but I don't want him to kill my pregnant clown.

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  • sarah - 2015-03-23
    Take your clown out and put him in quarantine. I had a snowflake for awhile and if he tried to eat something in the tank sooner than later it would be dead. After him killing 10+ fish I bought a second snowflake eel, they were both around 16 inches long and my first eel ate my second. The water got contaminated with chunks of eel, I couldn't get it all cleaned out and my first eel died from the poisoned water.
Harry Friedman - 2016-12-19
I recently added a second zebra moray eel with my big eel and last night found them intertwined and mating. I can't find any information online for care of eggs and then babies. Please help. I have a video of them. Very beautiful

roy conner - 2016-08-06
I have a 65 gallon salt water aquarium I had a snowflake eel and one night he jumped out of the tank and I found him dead the next day. That weekend I purchased a new moray eel which I need help identifying. He is about 12-15 inches long at the present time, he has a chocolate brown head and his body is beige color with horizontal brown stripes running from his backbone to his belly. He regularly eats silver-sides I don't know what his species is can you help me please

Manuel - 2014-04-14
Last year for Father's Day my daughter gave me this little black with white stripes fish, about 2' long. I didn't know that was a zebra eel, today is about 12' long and still growing.

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  • sarah - 2015-03-23
    They get over 3 feet. If you don't have a tank over 150 gallons I would suggest trying to sell it.
Fishnerd2000 - 2014-04-28
Hey guys I just need some help. My snowflake eel has been acting strange recently. After my coral beauty died the snowflake may have eaten him cause I haven't found the body yet and recently he tried to eat my pregnant tomato clown. I don't want him to kill her but I don't want to get rid of him I'm going to purchase a 30 gal tank this week. Please help, thanks.

Anonymous - 2012-01-18
Is this eel the same as the snowflake moray eel? And by any chance is the snowflake moray eel and the freshwater snowflake moray eel the same eel?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-18
    Nope they look completely different. The Morey has stripes and the snow flake looks like it has more spots. Here is a bunch of pictures showing the snowfalke vs the morey
    Snowflake vs Morey and hope this helps.
  • Alex Burleson - 2012-02-09
    These two eels are different species. :]
  • Anonymous - 2012-12-27
    No, they are a completely different species
Rob - 2008-06-09
I got one of these guys a week ago. I can't get him to eat. Tried raw shrimp, silversides, ghost shrimp, and rosy reds. I'm gonna try to find some little blue crabs. Other than the feeding problems, make sure you have a nice weight on the tank lid. Mine got out the FIRST night!

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  • mayday - 2010-02-27
    If he is older- he may already be set on a "favorite" food, mine was, he tolerated fresh and frozen shrimp / scallops from the grocery store for the first month (probably the novelty of it). I was mixing it up; dried krill then fresh groc store shrimp then froz groc store shrimp. After about 2mos he went on a little hunger strike. I was out of the dried tetra jumbo krill and he wouldnt eat ANYTHING for almost 3 weeks. I bought more dried krill and he's been fine ever since. Our last "hiber-break" (he hides and won't eat like he's hibernating lol) was about 4mos ago. He does it about every 6mos. Levi is 2' 6"- fat- wrinkly :) and seems happy. His eyes seem a little milky so he is probably a lot older than the 4 years I know of. I read they are carrion type eaters in the wild but I have never gotten mine to eat fish ( frozen silversides) or frozen crab.
  • Ashton - 2011-11-09
    I have a 3 feet long zebra moray eel I have had him for about 4 years he loves krill and gold fish, I got him for an amazing deal of $40 on craigslist he is in a 110g tank now when I first got him he did not eat for like 3 months, would not eat at all till one day I was trying to feed my snowflake eel and he started to eat so don't freak if he is not eating the next few weeks after just getting him.
Callum - 2010-02-16
I'm getting a zebra eel tomorrow, 10 inch for

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  • Alexis - 2010-10-28
    i got a zebra eel about 24 inches, green moray eel about 30 inches, snowflake about 2 ft and 2 other ones about 16 inches for free.. i thanked them so much
  • TT - 2011-09-05
    HI I had mine for a long long time. I feed him every second day with mussels that I get from the local shop raw nothing added . He eats like a piggy up to 8 every second day and is healty as you can't believe. Try that perhaps that would help. I take the frozen mussels put into some water the morning with some garlic then at night feed him. They normaly don't eat during the day. I have noticed they look for food at night so just before you put the light off for sleeping time feed him.
David - 2011-08-16
I have had my zebra eel for around 15 yrs now, he's about 3 feet long or close to it. I have fed him by hand many times with no problems. I started with a used 75 gal tank my eel, 2 clown fish, 1 goby and 3 different types of live coral along with a lot of live rock. My eel was about 2 to 3 inches long when I bought him. It took a while but I managed to get him to eat raw shrimp. About 7 years ago when I was not home the side of my used tank split out, I lost about 1/3 of the tank water and of course the sump stopped working. The only things that suvived were the eel and the clown fish. As fast as I could I set up a 40 gal tank I had in the basment and transfered everything into it, and that's where he still lives today. For the past month my eel has not eaten and I'm not sure what is happening to him, he is still breathing and moving around inside his cave but he dose not come out and move around his tank like he use to.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-17
    I think he might just be getting on in years. Some folks say lifespan about 4 years but most say around 10. I say people live to be over 100 - so no reason to always go with life spans but maybe just slowing down a little. So, he has a good enviorment and obviously great care - Hope all is OK