Barred Moray Eel

Barred Moray Eel

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Echidna polyzona


The Barred Moray Eel, also known as the Banded Moray Eel, inhabits caves and crevices throughout the Indo-Pacific reefs. In the wild, it can grow to 28 inches; most captive specimens will not exceed 24 inches.

This is a very hardy eel, but an escape artist. A 75 gallon or larger aquarium with plenty of live rock and a tightly fit canopy is ideal. Most of the eels that are lost in an aquarium are due to poorly sealed tanks. The Barred 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 Barred Moray Eel 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.

Care Level - Easy
Temperament - Semi-aggressive
Color Form - Black, White
Diet - Carnivore
Reef Compatible - With Caution
Water Conditions - sg 1.020-1.025, 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4
Max. Size - 28"
Family - Muraenidae
Minimum Tank Size - 75 gallons