Pink-lipped Moray Eel

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Echidna rhodochilus - Bleecker, 1863
Pink-lipped Moray Eel

Echidna rhodochilus.jpg

A moray found in marine, brackish, and freshwater environments. JJPhoto.dk

Overview

Although sometimes sold as a freshwater eel, this species does best in brackish water with a specific gravity of 1.005 to 1.010. (In nature they may venture upstream into freshwater, but do not live permanently away from the brine.)

They are generally peaceful, interesting animals, but should be kept only with larger tankmates as they will capture small fishes and crustaceans, usually on nocturnal hunting forays. They can do well with monos, scats, and archerfishes.

Family: Muraenidae

Other common name(s):

  • Freshwater Moray Eel

Native range:

Habitat: Need a cave or ledge providing shelter.

Maximum length: 34 cm (13 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 209 L (55 gal)

Water: Brackish 23 °C (73 °F) - 28 °C (82 °F)

General swimming level: Bottom.

Feeding

Carnivore. Offer whole small fish such as silversides and pieces of crustacean meat such as table shrimp or large krill several times per week.

Aquarium Compatibility

Generally peaceful, but will eat small fishes and ornamental crustaceans. Can be kept in pairs or groups.

Special Care

Handle with care. Moray eels can bite.

Be sure the aquarium is well covered. Eels are notorious escape artists.


Reference: [[reference::Fishbase]]
Image credit: JJ
Text credit: JL