Whitemouth Eel (Gymnothorax meleagris) Care
The Whitemouth Eel, Gymnothorax meleagris, is also known as the Comet Moray Eel. These fish come from the Indo-Pacific region. These eels can reach lengths of almost four feet. They are almost all black to brown with white spots and the mouth is bright white.
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.
These eels require an aquarium of at least 75 gallons with plenty of rockwork in which they can hide during the day. 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. If housing more than one moray eel, you will need a tank of 250 or more gallons.
Approximate Purchase Size
6″ to 12″