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Banded Snake Eel (Myrichthys colubrinus)
Size: 6″ to 8½”
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Banded Snake Eel (Myrichthys colubrinus) Care
The Banded Snake Eel, Myrichthys colubrinus, is also known as the Harlequin Snake Eel. These fish come from the Indo-Pacific region. They have brown/black and white banding running the length of the body. These eels have a large set of tubular nostrils and a great sense of smell, which they use for hunting.
Eels are carnivores and require a diet of fresh fish, clams, and crustaceans. Most will eat prepared frozen foods including brine, mysis, clams, squid, octopus, as well as live prey. They are nocturnal hunters and will eat any fish or invertebrates they can find in an aquarium. Many have very poor eyesight and will easily mistake fingers for food and bite you. They should only be fed every 3 to 4 days. NOTE: Some moray eels do have a poisonous bite.
Banded Snake Eels require an aquarium of at least 150 gallons with a deep sandbed in which they can burrow. They must also be kept in a well-sealed tank because they are incredible escape artists and can squeeze through all but the smallest of openings. These eels can be kept in a community fish aquarium as long as the fish are too big for it to eat.
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