Animal Stories - Zebra Moray Eel

Animal-World Information about: Zebra Moray Eel

   A very popular and beautiful eel. The Zebra Moray Eel are very suitable to the aquarium, with specimens known to have lived in captivity for more than 20 years!
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Fishnerd2000 - 2014-04-28
Hey guys I just need some help. My snowflake eel has been acting strange recently. After my coral beauty died the snowflake may have eaten him cause I haven't found the body yet and recently he tried to eat my pregnant tomato clown. I don't want him to kill her but I don't want to get rid of him I'm going to purchase a 30 gal tank this week. Please help, thanks.

Fishnerd2000 - 2014-04-27
I need help! Today when I was getting prepared to feed my snowflake eel I caught him attempting to eat my clownfish. I stopped him. WHAT Should I Do?!?! I don't want to get rid of him but I don't want him to kill my pregnant clown.

Manuel - 2014-04-14
Last year for Father's Day my daughter gave me this little black with white stripes fish, about 2' long. I didn't know that was a zebra eel, today is about 12' long and still growing.

Anonymous - 2012-01-18
Is this eel the same as the snowflake moray eel? And by any chance is the snowflake moray eel and the freshwater snowflake moray eel the same eel?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-18
    Nope they look completely different. The Morey has stripes and the snow flake looks like it has more spots. Here is a bunch of pictures showing the snowfalke vs the morey
    Snowflake vs Morey and hope this helps.
  • Alex Burleson - 2012-02-09
    These two eels are different species. :]
  • Anonymous - 2012-12-27
    No, they are a completely different species
Rob - 2008-06-09
I got one of these guys a week ago. I can't get him to eat. Tried raw shrimp, silversides, ghost shrimp, and rosy reds. I'm gonna try to find some little blue crabs. Other than the feeding problems, make sure you have a nice weight on the tank lid. Mine got out the FIRST night!

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  • mayday - 2010-02-27
    If he is older- he may already be set on a "favorite" food, mine was, he tolerated fresh and frozen shrimp / scallops from the grocery store for the first month (probably the novelty of it). I was mixing it up; dried krill then fresh groc store shrimp then froz groc store shrimp. After about 2mos he went on a little hunger strike. I was out of the dried tetra jumbo krill and he wouldnt eat ANYTHING for almost 3 weeks. I bought more dried krill and he's been fine ever since. Our last "hiber-break" (he hides and won't eat like he's hibernating lol) was about 4mos ago. He does it about every 6mos. Levi is 2' 6"- fat- wrinkly :) and seems happy. His eyes seem a little milky so he is probably a lot older than the 4 years I know of. I read they are carrion type eaters in the wild but I have never gotten mine to eat fish ( frozen silversides) or frozen crab.
  • Ashton - 2011-11-09
    I have a 3 feet long zebra moray eel I have had him for about 4 years he loves krill and gold fish, I got him for an amazing deal of $40 on craigslist he is in a 110g tank now when I first got him he did not eat for like 3 months, would not eat at all till one day I was trying to feed my snowflake eel and he started to eat so don't freak if he is not eating the next few weeks after just getting him.
Callum - 2010-02-16
I'm getting a zebra eel tomorrow, 10 inch for

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  • Alexis - 2010-10-28
    i got a zebra eel about 24 inches, green moray eel about 30 inches, snowflake about 2 ft and 2 other ones about 16 inches for free.. i thanked them so much
  • TT - 2011-09-05
    HI I had mine for a long long time. I feed him every second day with mussels that I get from the local shop raw nothing added . He eats like a piggy up to 8 every second day and is healty as you can't believe. Try that perhaps that would help. I take the frozen mussels put into some water the morning with some garlic then at night feed him. They normaly don't eat during the day. I have noticed they look for food at night so just before you put the light off for sleeping time feed him.
David - 2011-08-16
I have had my zebra eel for around 15 yrs now, he's about 3 feet long or close to it. I have fed him by hand many times with no problems. I started with a used 75 gal tank my eel, 2 clown fish, 1 goby and 3 different types of live coral along with a lot of live rock. My eel was about 2 to 3 inches long when I bought him. It took a while but I managed to get him to eat raw shrimp. About 7 years ago when I was not home the side of my used tank split out, I lost about 1/3 of the tank water and of course the sump stopped working. The only things that suvived were the eel and the clown fish. As fast as I could I set up a 40 gal tank I had in the basment and transfered everything into it, and that's where he still lives today. For the past month my eel has not eaten and I'm not sure what is happening to him, he is still breathing and moving around inside his cave but he dose not come out and move around his tank like he use to.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-17
    I think he might just be getting on in years. Some folks say lifespan about 4 years but most say around 10. I say people live to be over 100 - so no reason to always go with life spans but maybe just slowing down a little. So, he has a good enviorment and obviously great care - Hope all is OK
mayday - 2010-02-27
I bought my zebra moray for $100 from the lfs. He was nearly 2' long then and had been in a 75g setup fowlr-- my lfs owner assured me he would be fine in my 55g reef setup--(i know b.s.) well by a miracle "Levi" is still with me after 2years- he scares the poop outta me about 1x every six months by refusing to eat for up to 2.5 weeks. He has decided he only likes tetra's jumbo krill, and refused to eat until i bought it- not even fresh frozen shrimp or scallops would entice him. As he ages i notice some lightning in his brown color and more wrinkles :). Its sad that the old owner got "tired of him" (yes, i went and hunted that guy down for info) he was at least 2yrs old then. He is a GREAT add to my reef tank (by the grace of God lol) and has only been suspected in one "disappearance" of my sally light foot crab (only her legs were left poor girl). He and my coral banded shrimp even seem to tolerate one another well, but the shrimp pushes him around believe it or not, and appears to pick things off him (perhaps parasites?). I have not had ANY ich or illnesses of any kind for more than a year (thank God).. so all seems to be well even though its only a 55g. I probably have 200# of live rock and a deep sand bed at minimum 4" that i DO NOT DISTURB. I use a baby bottle brush to remove detrus. I have a REMORA PRO protien skimmer, a phosphate reactor, and an ODYSSEA CFS 4 canister filter. To keep my monster in the tank i use the plastic grid from office lights (comes in sheets). My tank is now 4yrs old going on 5yrs. I have a yellow tang, a royal gramma basslet, a mandarin goby, tomato clown, yellow tail blue damsel, 2 pajama cardinals, a six line wrasse, and a lawn mower blenny, I am not a master aquarist, or even an intermediate one, I get lucky!!! and believe there is no real substitute for an aged aquarium you have to be vigilant until the ecosystem is set :(-- dont give up !! it really will get lots better, and its SO WORTH IT-- :)

Anonymous - 2009-06-29
I have a zebra moray and find him to be extremely easy to feed, in fact hand feed.
He loves to eat prawns and will come completely out off his hiddy hole to get them.

The AquaSmith - 2006-09-23
Zebra Morays are actually somewhat of a rare find and not as hardy as some of the other common moray eels but can be kept sucessfully. The most frequent problem is feeding. Their primary food source in nature is almost srtictly crustaceans. I have been sucessful with whole frozen Krills for a transition from live foods. Some success with Freeze dried after that.

The AquaSmith