Tesselata Eel

Tesselata Eel

Gymnothorax favagineus

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Care Facts

Size: 12-14 inches
Care Level: Expert
Temperament: Aggressive
Reef Safe: No
Diet: Carnivore
Origin: Indian Ocean
Acclimation Time: 3+ hours
Coral Safe: No
Invertebrate Safe: No
Minimum Tank Size: 150 gallons
The Tesselata Eel, Gymnothorax favagineus, also known as the Lace Moray Eel, is one of the most visually striking yet challenging to keep eels in the home aquarium trade. They are masters of escape so every possible escape route must be prevented. Also, care should be taken while feeding because the Tesselata's poor eyesight may cause it to bit the hand that feeds it - feeding tongs are a suggested alternative. The Tesselata Eel should only be cared for by an experienced aquarists as they can grow up to 50 inches and need a large, non-reef tank. This tank should have a thick sandy substrate and plenty of live rock and no sessile inverts or corals. Larger Tesselata Eels are ciguatoxic meaning they secrete a toxin making their skin poisonous to eat. They are a voracious carnivore that will eat primarily live foods but can be coaxed to eat frozen meaty foods. The Tesselata Eel features a beautiful black and white patterned body that resembles spaced out lacework. 

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