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Tesselata Eel
Gymnothorax favagineus
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Tank Stats
Size: 18-24
Care Level: Easy
Temperament: Aggressive
Reef Safe: No
Diet: Meaty
Origin: Indian Ocean
Acclimation Time: 3+ hours
Coral Safe:
Invertebrate Safe:
Minimum Tank Size:

The Tesselata Eel is one of the striking eels and can be a challenge to keep in captivity due to its ability to escape aquariums. Make sure to keep it in a tight fitting tank or with a light diffuser panel. Be careful while feeding since the Tesselata Eeel has very bad eyesight and may bite your hand instead of food. We also recommend you to use feeding tongs instead of fingers. Its bite can inflict painful wounds and can cause a serious bacterial infection. Since the Tesselata Eel requires high maintenance and care, it is best to be kept by expert user. As it grows up to 50 inches, it should be kept in tank not less than 125 gallons. The Tesselata Eel is not a good specimen for a reef tank and it needs to be kept in tank without sessile invertebrates and corals. With its striking pattern and feature, the Tesselata Eel makes a gorgeous addition to an aggressive tank. It requires many hiding places and spots with a thick sand bed in the tank. The Tesselata Eels are notoriously aggressive and may attack humans if provoked. Larger specimens are ciguatoxic, as they secrete a toxin, making their skin poisonous to eat. As it grows, it changes its sex from male to female. The Tesselata Eel is basically carnivore and likes to eat live feeder shrimp, which can be coaxed to eat frozen foods later.

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