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Green Moray Eel

posted: 05/15/12
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Green Moray Eel
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The Green Moray Eel, also known as the Green Eel, is yellow-green in color and can grow to over 7 feet in length in the wild.

In its natural range, the Green Moray Eel poses a problem for divers who carelessly stick their hand into a crevice. In the aquarium, it can pose a major risk as well, especially as it grows.

Typically, the Green Moray Eel is available as a juvenile, only a foot or so long. It grows quickly though, and will start consuming tank mates. It has also been known to bite its owner's hands at feeding time.

The diet of the Green Moray Eel should can include live fish and all meaty foods.

There are accounts of individual specimens growing over five to six feet long in an aquarium. The Green Moray Eel is also an escape artist, and will try to go through any small opening in the lid of the tank. Given these characteristics, and the fact it can inflict severe bites, the Green Moray Eel should not be kept by most aquarists. It is best kept in public aquariums or in its natural habitat.

Fish Facts

Name: Green Moray Eel (Gymnothorax funebris)

Family: Muraenidae

Range: Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean, Western Atlantic

Size: Up to 96 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: Aggressive

Swimming Level: Bottom

Care Level: Difficult

Care Level: Egg Layer

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