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Marine eels have an excellent sense of smell but can't see very well. Eels have an elongated, snakelike body and vary in size and coloration. They open their jaws to allow water over their gills for breathing. A popular marine eel is the snowflake moray eel. Recommended for experienced aquarists. One keeping moray eels must be very careful because all species have those needle-like teeth which can cause severe damage and some victims have lost fingers, thumbs and sometimes more as a result. Though we all get tempted at times, avoid hand feeding any of the moray family. They can move exceedingly quick and with their poor eyesight often bites will occur because they can't readily distinguish between food and your fingers. So we always advise using a feeding stick, or tongs when feeding and finally you must always keep yourself alert to what's going on.

Marine Eels have a very good sense of smell but have very poor eye site. Always check on the maximum size of your intended Eel so you can plan your aquarium size. Saltwater Marine eels live in holes or caves in the ocean therefore all saltwater aquarium eels require adequate hiding places which can either be had from using live rock to make tunnels or you can place PVC pipes in the aquarium. We would also include a well-sealed lid to make sure your saltwater eels stay where they belong, in the water. When marine eels open there mouth it is no threat to their owner, they actually breath by opening their jaws to let water flow through their gills. Saltwater eels have a reputation as vicious hunters, but are usually harmless if handled correctly. They are compatible with Triggerfish, Pufferfish, and Larger Angelfish. If well fed we even have had small Damsels be safe in the same tank.

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If you are planning on keeping a saltwater eel it will be from the Moray family of Eels. They have minimal maintenance needs but that fierce reputation is well earned. Beyond the fact that they are totally intimidating there are more than 100 eels in the family Muraenidae that are able to be kept in the home aquarium environment. One keeping moray eels must be very careful because all species have those needle-like teeth which can cause severe damage and some victims have lost fingers, thumbs and sometimes more as a result. Though we all get tempted at times, avoid hand feeding any of the moray family. They can move exceedingly quick and with their poor eyesight often bites will occur because they can't readily distinguish between food and your fingers. So we always advise using a feeding stick, or tongs when feeding and finally you must always keep yourself alert to what's going on.

Marine Eels have a very good sense of smell but have very poor eye site. Always check on the maximum size of your intended Eel so you can plan your aquarium size. Saltwater Marine eels live in holes or caves in the ocean therefore all saltwater aquarium eels require adequate hiding places which can either be had from using live rock to make tunnels or you can place PVC pipes in the aquarium. We would also include a well-sealed lid to make sure your saltwater eels stay where they belong, in the water. When marine eels open there mouth it is no threat to their owner, they actually breath by opening their jaws to let water flow through their gills. Saltwater eels have a reputation as vicious hunters, but are usually harmless if handled correctly. They are compatible with Triggerfish, Pufferfish, and Larger Angelfish. If well fed we even have had small Damsels be safe in the same tank.

Feeding - We recommend feeding twice a week. Also if your Moray Eel doesn't eat do not despair.. It's not unusual for new marine eels to go on a hunger strike for several weeks after introduction to new quarters, so it may be necessary to train the moray onto captive diets. Regular careful feedings using the protection of feeding tongs will produce a trust between your moray and you. It's rare for them to starve to death, so keep plugging away until they feed!

Eels are carnivores are should receive a varied diet of large meaty chunks of food. Juvenile eels have to be weaned off of live foods in order to accept dead or prepared foods. This will allow you to provide the varied diet eels need. Prepared diets are much more readily available and healthier compared to the same species of live feeder fish or shrimp, day in and day out.

It is best to use a feeding stick or tongs to keep your fingers far away from the mouth of the eel. They have poor eyesight and it is difficult for these animals to distinguish a finger from a shrimp.

Eels do not have scales. They excrete thick mucus over the entire surface of their body for protection. While this is extremely effective against parasites and infection, it makes eels very sensitive to many aquarium medications. It is therefore best to avoid medications altogether with eels.

Although they are hardy aquarium animals, eels can fall victim to poor water quality. If you notice an infection on your eel, more often than not poor water quality is the culprit. A series of water changes and the use of chemical filter media to improve water quality can quickly reverse the effects of an infection.

Keeping more than one eel in an aquarium is possible, but there are some obstacles. You need to ensure your aquarium is large enough and contains multiple burrow locations. An adult eel will become territorial over its established burrow and surrounding area. It is wise to introduce multiple eels of the same size at the same time for best results. Consider your aquascape home sweet home for your eel. Adult eels can be clumsy and inadvertently rearrange rocks and corals. This isn’t much of a problem with smaller eels, but it is something to keep in mind if you are planning on adding one to a mixed reef aquarium.

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