Saltwater Aquarium Fish for Marine Aquariums: Spotted Moray 'Skeletor' Eel
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Spotted Moray 'Skeletor' Eel
(Echidna xanthospilos)
Spotted Moray 'Skeletor' Eel
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Quick Stats

Care Level Easy
Temperament Semi-aggressive
Color Form Black, Brown, White
Diet Carnivore
Reef Compatible With Caution
Water Conditions 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
Max. Size 2'
Origin Indonesia
Family Muraenidae
Minimum Tank Size 125 gallons
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Overview

The Spotted Moray Eel, also known as the Skeletor Moray Eel is an attractive eel with a dark brown to black body that is cryptically patterned with large white to yellow colored spots. Considering the way the spots give it an extraordinary "skeletal" appearance, it is easy to see how it received the whimsical, pop-culture-inspired nickname “Skeletor” eel. This disruptive coloration helps to "break up" the appearance of the Spotted Moray Eel allowing it to better conceal itself from both predator and prey.

The Spotted Moray "Skeletor" Eel requires a large, established aquarium 125 gallons or larger in volume with very strong filtration. The addition of an efficient protein skimmer is highly recommended as the carnivore diet of this eel tends to generate a lot of waste. Aquascape liberally with live rock of varying shapes and sizes to create a network of caves, crevices, and tunnels for your Spotted Moray Eel to explore and seek shelter during the day. Large or appropriately sized PVC tubes can also be used to create artificial "dens". Most active at night, the Spotted Moray Eel spends most of the day hiding, moving about mostly at night in search of food.

All Moray Eels are escape artists and to prevent loss, secure a tightly-fitting aquarium top and make sure there are no openings for the eel to slip through.

A predator by nature, the Spotted Moray Eel requires two or three substantial meals per week comprised of meaty foods such as live or frozen fish such as silversides, krill, shrimp, or crustacean flesh, offered on a feeder stick. Moray Eels have poor eye sight and should never be fed by hand to avoid injury. It is imperative to be cautious with Moray Eels as they possess powerful jaws along with seriously sharp teeth.

Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 1" to 4"; Medium: 4" to 7"; Large: 7" to 10"

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