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Chain Moray Eel

posted: 05/15/12
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Chain Moray Eel
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The Chain Moray Eel, also known as the Chainlink Moray Eel, or simply, the Chain Eel, has a white to yellow body with handsome brown, black, or gray chain markings.

It needs refuge among or in between coral and rocks in a 125 gallon or larger aquarium. It spends most of its day hiding and moves about at night in search of food.

The Chain Moray Eel requires 2 or 3 live meals (grass shrimp, fiddler crabs) per week. If it does not eat at first, try impaling some food, such as live or frozen fish, krill, shrimp, or crustacean flesh, on a feeder stick.

Like other eels, they are generally compatible with: Large Angelfish, Boxfish, Groupers, Grunts & Sweetlips, Lionfish & Scorpionfish, Puffers and Tangs & Surgeons.

Fish Facts

Name: Chain Moray Eel (Echidna catenata)

Family: Muraenidae

Range: Western Atlantic

Size: Up to 28 inches

Diet: Carnivore

Tank Set-up: Marine: Coral or rock, plants

Reef Compatible: No

Tank Conditions: 72-78°F; sg 1.020-1.025; pH 8.1-8.4

Minimum Tank Capacity: 125 gallon

Light: Low

Temperament: Semi-aggressive

Swimming Level: Bottom

Care Level: Easy

Care Level: Egg Layer

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