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Snowflake Moray



The snow moray eel has several names: snow moray eel, Bosch's eel, smoky moray eel, flower eel, star eel, white and zebra moray, Echidna nebulosa. The snow moray eel inhabits caves and crevices in Indo-Pacific reefs from Hawaii south to Australia, west through the Indo-Pacific islands to the East Indies and across the Indian Ocean to the coast of Africa.

If you want an eel for your aquarium, this species may be the most suitable of them all. Keeping these fish is possible for aquarists with some experience in marine aquarium care.

Snowflake moray

Snowflake Moray has a serpentine body, decorated with an ornamental pattern resembling many snowflakes, for which the fish got its name. The body is coloured white or cream with black toothed spots. The eyes are yellow and the head has yellow markings. Mouth with teeth, through which the fish easily disposes of crustaceans. Sexual differences are not expressed. Captive snow moray eels can become large, up to 60 cm in length.

The star eel is aggressive. It spends most of its time on the bottom, hiding in shelters. This fish can very quickly outgrow a small aquarium, so initially purchase a large aquarium for it. The minimum volume of the aquarium - 300 liters.

Snow moray quickly enough to adapt to aquarium conditions and is well immune to disease. In the first few weeks in the new aquarium fish can be timid. Equip the aquarium with at least one cave of suitable size to make it less timid and exhibit natural behavior. If possible, make several caves in it and decorate it in such a way that the fish can move from one side of the aquarium to the other as discreetly as possible. Because of the size and strength of this eel, the rock formations should be stacked tightly on top of each other to prevent the structures from shifting.

They are very nimble fish, capable of easily leaving the aquarium even through a small gap. Therefore, a tightly fitting cover in the aquarium is a must.

The moray may be kept in a common tank with other moray eels, provided they are placed in the tank at the same time, as well as with Spinorogas and Gubans.

Although the Snowflake Moray is considered less aggressive than other morays, it can become very pugnacious while feeding. With poor eyesight but a keen sense of smell, she will climb out of hiding when she spots food and aggressively search for it.

The snow moray is not safe to keep with shrimp, crabs or lobsters, as crustaceans are their natural diet. The snow moray also eats small fish. However, they can be kept in peace with most other invertebrates, including starfish, anemones and sea urchins. Snow morays do not harm reefs or disturb corals.

Snowflake moray

Water parameters: temperature 22-27° C, hardness dH 8-12°, pH 8,1-8,4. Intensive filtration and the use of a protein flotation device are required.

Snowflake Moray is a carnivorous, nocturnal predator that feeds on fish and crustaceans. In aquariums, it is fed frozen krill, fish, shrimp, clams, squid, octopus, scallops, meat products enriched with vitamins. The snow moray may also be accustomed to hand feeding, although it must be done with caution because the fish may bite, and its bite is very painful.

If the moray eel is not yet used to frozen foods, it will probably have to be fed live shrimp until it gradually gets used to substitute foods.

The snow eel will usually ignore the other inhabitants of the aquarium if it is well fed, at least a few times a week. These eels often go into "hibernation", often hiding and not eating for weeks or longer, so don't worry about it.

Reproduction

Snow eels are one of the most difficult marine fish species to breed in captivity.

In the wild, the female scatters the eggs in the water column during spawning. The eggs drift with plankton in the water column and settle on the reef as soon as the larvae hatch from the eggs.

Snowflake moray

The Snowflake Moray has a life span of approximately 4 years in an aquarium.

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