Zebra Eel


Zebra Eel or Zebra Moray

  • Zebra Eel
  • Gymnomuraena zebra
  • Care: Easy
  • Diet: Carnivore
  • Group Size: Alone or mixed
  • Place of origin: West Indian ocean
  • Coral Safe: Generally yes
  • Critter Safe: Generally no

The Zebra Eel, Gymnomuraena zebra, also go by the name Zebra Moray. This fish is a popular species of eel in the aquarium trade.

Its body is black with white stripes running vertically along its length, giving it a striking appearance that resembles that of a zebra, hence its common name. Its skin is smooth, and it has a pointed snout and small eyes.

Zebra Eel, Gymnomuraena zebra, Ecology.

The Zebra Eel is native to the Indo-Pacific region and can be found in shallow reef environments, ranging from intertidal pools to depths of 70 meters. They prefer rocky and coral-rich habitats where they can find shelter and hunt for small fish and crustaceans at night. These fish spawn in the open ocean, where the eggs hatch into larvae that drift with the ocean currents until they reach suitable habitats to settle and grow.

Zebra Moray In the Aquarium.

It is important to have plenty of nooks or crannies where your Zebra Eel can explore and feel at home.

These fish are carnivores and do best when fed an enriched and varied diet. They will accept frozen whole fish, krill or large mysis, depending on the size of the eel. We enrich all our frozen food with garlic and vitamins. These are great for keeping fish healthy by providing them with the nutrition otherwise lost in frozen food. In doing so, these additives support their immune system and increase longevity. These fish do not eat everyday so be mindful to remove rejected food or target feed them.

Alternatively, Zebra Eel will also eat live foods such as shrimp. We suggest feeding the shrimp before offering them, just so the meal is more nutritious. We adapt all our eel to aquarium life before they leave us. Most are feeding on frozen food before leaving us and we focus on their health.

Eels can live in a mixed group or alone. Feel free to give us a call with any questions.


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