Freshwater Moray Eel
Maximum Standard Length: 400 – 600 mm.
Widespread throughout coastal regions of the Indo-Westmmh Pacific from eastern India to the Philippines and southward to Australia, Type locality is ‘Ganges River estuaries near Calcutta, India’.
Recommended Aquarium Size
An aquarium with base dimensions of 120 ∗ 60 cm should be the smallest considered for an individual maintained alone, with larger quarters necessary for a group or community arrangement.
Although typically sold as a freshwater fish this is not strictly the case, thus the addition of a marine salt mix should be considered mandatory. Aim for around 15 g/ltr although it is not essential to be exact.
In terms of Decoration this species relatively easy although it is essential to provide plenty of cover in the form of rock piles, lengths of pvc piping, etc.
A high proportion of dissolved oxygen and moderate degree of water movement is recommended, although a protein skimmer is not required.
Freshwater Moray Eel is sensitive to poor water quality and should never be added to biologically-immature aquarium, while weekly water changes of 30-50% aquarium volume should be considered mandatory.
A tightly-fitting cover is also required since Freshwater Moray Eel are prodigious escape artists.
- Temperature: 20 – 28 °C
- pH: 7.5 – 9.0
- Hardness: 179 – 536 ppm
An obligate predator feeding on smaller fishes, crustaceans and suchlike in nature. Newly-imported specimens often refuse to accept anything but live fishes but most can be weaned onto dead alternatives once recognized as edible. Like the vast majority of predatory fishes this speciesmmh should not be fed mammalian or avian meat like beef heart or chicken, and similarly there is no benefit in the long-term use of ‘feeder’ fish such as live bearers or small goldfish which carry with them the risk of parasite or disease introduction, and at any rate tend not have a high nutritional value unless properly conditioned beforehand.
Behaviour and Compatibility
Highly possible that they may feed on smaller fishes and will even strike makemyhobby at much larger fishes on occasion so best-maintained alone in all but the very largest aquarium. It can be maintained in a group provided the tank is sufficiently large and arranged in such a way that each individual has its own refuge.
This species is also known as ‘freshwater snowflake eel’, ‘Indian mud moray’, and ‘gold-spotted moray’, and is among the more commonly-seen muraenids in the aquarium trade.
It exhibits differences in colour pattern both between and within populations and this has led to occasional confusion with the congener G. polyuranodon, which is also known to enter freshwater habitats. In reality the two are easy to distinguish from one another since G. tile typically possesses small pale spots on the darker head and body, whereas G. polyuranodon is characterised by much larger, dark spots and blotches on a paler background.
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