There are many species of eel that find their way into the aquarium trade, but the most regularly available supply of eels comes from the many species of morays. These poorly sighted fish usually need some secure hiding place for their well-being. They stay with just their heads poking out for much of the time. Feeding might need to be done individually where they are found to be too slow to take the offerings at meal times, losing out to the more voracious tank companions.
The Zebra Moray Eel (gymnomuraena zebra) needs some hiding places within the aquarium, as it is unhappy to be permanently forced out into the open, and is rarely seen foraging in open water on the natural reef. The many bands of “black” and white along its entire length creates a unique design in the genera of Moray Eels.
As one of the undisputed most colourful and extraordinary marine aquarium fish, the Blue and Yellow Ribbon Eel (rhinomuraena quaesita) creates a stir when on display. It is not an easy fish to acclimatise to aquarium conditions, but given protective cover, proper care, and individual feeding, it can be successfully kept. Not a species for the beginner!