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Goldspotted Snake Eel

posted: 05/15/12
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Goldspotted Snake Eel
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A group of Goldspotted Snake Eels, also known as the Snake Spotted Eels, looks like a colony of seagrass.

The majority of the body of the Goldspotted Snake Eel is usually buried in the sand and if approached, retreats into the substrate. Several of these eels may be kept together in a 70 gallon or larger aquarium with at least 6 inches of substrate, a gentle current, and without aggressive tank mates. Decor should be kept to a minimum. A tight-fitting lid on the aquarium is required to prevent escape.

The Goldspotted Snake Eel diet consists of meaty foods and live foods such as grass shrimp or small fish.

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

Fish Facts

Name: Goldspotted Snake Eel (Myrichthys ocellatus, Myrichthys oculatus)

Family: Opichthidae

Range: Western Atlantic

Size: Up to 70 inches

Diet: Carnivore

Tank Set-up: Marine: Sand; 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: 30 gallon

Light: Low

Temperament: Semi-aggressive

Swimming Level: Bottom

Care Level: Easy

Care Level: Egg Layer

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