Snowflake Eel - Echidna nebulosa - Snowflake Moray Eel The Snowflake Moray Eel is a large fish with the famous snake-like body exclusive to Eels. It features no pectoral or pelvic fins, but has an extremely strong body that it uses to swim through the water like a snake does on land. The fish has a big mouth that packs a powerful bite. The body color consists of black and white patchy stripes and blotches which is where the Eel gets its common name of "Snowflake". The dorsal fin begins behind the small gill cover and runs the length of the body. All Moray Eels should be handled with care and provided with rocky lairs in which to hide. In its natural habitat this carnivore lives in flat coastal zones in cracks, caves and coral blocks with plenty of crevices. Light levels should be kept low. This fish doesn't mind the company of others, although it is territorial and needs its space. One Moray per tank is the recommended limit. The Snowflake Moray Eel, also known as the Snowflake Eel, Clouded Moray, or Starry Moray, inhabits caves and crevices throughout the Indo-Pacific reefs. In the wild, it can grow to 39 inches (1 m); most captive specimens will not exceed 24 inches (60 cm). This is a very hardy eel, but an escape artist. The 50 gallon or larger tank to house an eel needs to be tightly sealed. Most of these eels that are lost in an aquarium are due to poorly sealed tanks. The Snowflake Moray Eel is safe to house with any fish it cannot easily swallow. It can be housed with some invertebrates, like anemones and corals, but not crustaceans. The wild Snowflake Moray is a nocturnal predator, ambushing fish and crustaceans. In the tank, it will take frozen or freeze-dried krill, fish, shrimp, and most meaty foods. It can be taught to hand feed, although this should be done with caution, as it can inflict a painful bite. General Size Specifications:
This eel will come small 6 - 9 inches; the medium generally 10 - 13 inches; The Large 14 - 17 inches. Minimum Tank Size:
The Snowflake Eel prefers a tank of at least 30 gallons with plenty of places to hide & swim. Tank Conditions:
A salinity of 1.025 and temperature between 72-82 degrees F is recommended. It is a hardy fish that will adapt to most marine aquarium conditions. Feeding and Diet:
The Snowflake Moray is a predatory carnivore that waits in its cave for food to pass by. Meaty foods such as beef heart and fish meat are appreciated, although it will usually accept prepared fish foods.