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Dragon Moray Eel

posted: 05/15/12
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Dragon Moray Eel
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The Dragon Moray Eel, also known as the Hawaiian Dragon Eel, or Dragon Eel, was previously known as Enchelycore pardalis to scientists. It has a mottled orange, black, and white body accented by nostril flares and horns above the eyes giving this creature a menacing appearance.

It requires a 180 gallon or larger aquarium with suitable shelter to conceal itself until it becomes acclimated. In time, it will have its head out in the open or lie out in full view. The aquarium must be equipped with a tight-fitting lid to discourage escape.

The Dragon Eel diet consists of live feeder fish, squid, and octopus, and may eat the other fish in the tank.

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

Fish Facts

Name: Dragon Moray Eel (Muraena pardalis)

Family: Muraenidae

Range: Hawaii

Size: Up to 32 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: 180 gallon

Light: Low

Temperament: Semi-aggressive

Swimming Level: Bottom

Care Level: Easy

Care Level: Egg Layer

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