The genus Gymnothorax represents a popular type of eel known as the moray. Moray eels are slender and often come in many different colors and banding patterns. Morays are found in every ocean except the Arctic but our species come from both the Pacific and Indian Oceans.
Moray Eel Care Facts
Moray eels are aggressive tank dwellers and should be put in a reef system with extreme caution as they are known to prey on smaller fish and inverts.
They must be handled with care by the aquarist as the moray eel can actually bite - handfeeding is not suggested.
Moray eels should have plenty of live rock in their tank - enough to fit their entire body in order to make them feel safe and secure. The tank should have a SEALED lid to prevent potential escapes.
Morays are carnivores and will eat most prepared frozen foods including brine, mysis, clams, squid, octopus, as well as live prey.
Morays should not be kept with small fish or inverts and two morays should only be kept in very large tanks (at least 250 gallons) but this is not recommended.
If these prerequisites are met the Moray Eel can be a rewarding and fascinating organism to care for. These are general guidelines on how to care for moray eels - individual species may be more of less aggressive and therefore more or less reef compatible.