Snowflake Moray Eel | Saltwater Aquarium Eel
Size: 5 to 36 in
Lifespan: 2 to 6 years
Temperament: Relatively calm with sneaky tendencies
Information / Facts: Usually found in the Indo-Pacific region, the Snowflake eel, also known as the Clouded Moray can also be found from Baja, California down through Mexico as well as from Costa Rica through Northern Colombia. Their name is very apt since their body looks black with either white white snowflakes or clouds throughout their length. This also gives them a very snake-like appearance which could be startling the first time you see one. These eels are some of the most commonly kept saltwater eels and are very compatible with aquarium living. When you first get one, you'll want to feed it ghost shrimp until you can wean it over to frozen meals.
Pros: The snowflake eel is fairly easy to care for in a properly sized aquarium. At full size, will require a 40+ gallon aquarium to accommodate their length properly. Does not bother coral and will co-exist well with anemones, starfish and other invertebrates including sea urchins. Can co-exist with other large aggressive fish such as lionfish, wrasses and triggerfish. They can be kept with other snowflake eels as long as they were introduced to the tank at the same time.
Cons: Cannot be kept with crustaceans such as crab, shrimp or lobster since these are their natural diet. The snowflake eel, as with any other eel, must be kept in aquarium with a solid lid as they will escape through openings that appear smaller than they are. Will eat crustaceans and small fish such as damselfish. They also create a mess when they eat which will require very strong filtration and a fairly large protein skimmer to protect coral.