Marine/Saltwater Fish

4 Reasons There’s No Better Eel Than the Snowflake Moray

Comments (15)
  1. Avatar Matt Bowers (Muttley000) says:

    A species on my “must try” list!

  2. Avatar Jeff Kurtz says:

    If you do end up trying one, let us know how it goes. Thanks Matt!

  3. Avatar Kevin says:

    I kept a snowflake in a 90 gallon for over 8 years. He was a great pet. Would actually come up and eat from my fingers (not that I am recommending that). He never did try to escape, although he did pull the grate off the intake of a canister filter and got stuck on the tube, but luckily I caught it quick… so make sure all intakes and power heads are well secured.

  4. Avatar Jeff Kurtz says:

    Great advice, Kevin! Sounds like a little “eel-proofing” is a must if you want to keep these guys out of trouble in your tank.

  5. Avatar Aaron says:

    I have housed my eel with two cleaner shrimp. It never bothers them. Even opens its mouth to let them clean.

  6. Avatar Jeff Kurtz says:

    That’s great to hear, Aaron. Hopefully the eel will continue to behave itself around those shrimp so you can enjoy their cleaning activity for a long time to come.

  7. Avatar Graham says:

    I kept my Snowflake in a 350 gallon setup. he was one of 3 Eels i had along with a Zebra and a Chainlink. the interaction between them was fascinating to watch especially at feeding time.

  8. Avatar Jeff Kurtz says:

    Sounds like a really cool system, Graham! Needless to say, I’m totally envious!

  9. Avatar Chris Aldrich says:

    I agree with Jeff. I’d love to see some pictures of your eels and setup, Graham!

  10. Avatar Curtisio says:

    Excellent commentary on the snowflake.

    I have kept a few different species of eel, although never able to reproduce captive, I have held snowflake ghost moray, blue ribbon. Love electric if you have one you need to donate.

  11. Avatar Jeff Kurtz says:

    Thanks for your kind comment and insights, Curtisio!

  12. Avatar Jacky_MAL_PG says:

    I’ve my snowflake eel on 2013 from size of 15″ growing till now at size 28″. It peaceful characteristic no bother small fish such as percula clown & damsel. It very awesome and entertained when swim around all the time especially able to recognized owner.
    Well interactive and attractive eel ! Gem of my tank!

  13. Avatar Jeff Kurtz says:

    It’s great to hear your snowflake is doing so well and bringing you lots of joy, Jackie. Thanks!

  14. Avatar Went Brown says:

    You guys are aware that moray eels are hermaphrodites right? Many of them change sex. So referring to them as male or female is difficult.

  15. Avatar Kat says:

    I own a black edge moray eel and a yellow head moray eel. Both have never tried escaping; what I would tell your wife is well fed eels do not escape or hurt tank mates if they are on a proper feeding schedule. They are den animals but my yellow head moray is very active, the black edge moray just hides in his hole. If you do get one which I hope you do they are a marvel to look at and are the most misunderstood animal in the ocean aside from sharks. Lovely article cheers.

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