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Question about Zebra Moray Eel 09/29/10
I have done the searches suggested on your webpage and was unable to
find the information I am looking for. I am trying to find out
how to determine the age of a zebra moray eel, are
there certain size/color characteristics,
<Size mostly, length as well as girth. The larger, the older in
general. The stripes can become more with age, but since you don't
know how many stripes the specific eel had when it was young, this is
of little help.>
do the eyes look different,
<Not really, younger eels have proportionally larger eyes as well as
larger heads in general.>
How would one know if an eel that looks mature is not extremely
<One would have to have seen a number of eels growing to give a
really good estimation. The criteria I've given above might be
helpful. You can also always send some good pictures and I'll give
you my opinion.>
At what age are zebra moray eels considered mature?
<Depends on how you define 'mature'. Capable to produce
offspring is a good definition. I think it was roughly 2 ft and some
inches where they produce eggs and sperm.>
Is there anything telling that I should be aware of concerning age of
the eel when I am looking to "adopt" one?
<Old eels can be good pets, too. Given their maximum ages it's
very well possible a 'mature' eel still will live for more than
a decade, sometimes several decades. Nothing wrong with getting an old
eel in my opinion.>
Could you possibly email me back with this info?
<That's the way the site works.>
I know you are busy, I will try to keep watch on your site but am
afraid I will miss your reply.
Thanks so much! Janice
Zebra Moray, normal behaviour? -- 09/09/10
I've read your Moray, and Zebra Moray sections countless times,
both before getting mine and throughout my owner ship, so I don't
think I've seen this mentioned; apologies if it has been. I've
had two Zebras for about 2 months now, beautiful animals I must say
(even though they terrify my friends!)
<The most harmless Moray one can get -- unless you are a
Of course there was a period where they were shy and hid a lot, but
these days the smaller of the two is extremely confident, often poking
his head out of their rock caves, or PVC under gravel tunnels. However
the slightly larger eel often causes me to worry. He is seemingly less
confident, I often wonder if it's because he's an older eel and
hence more stuck in his ways?
<This one is actually showing the natural behaviour. In nature they
almost exclusively live within cracks and holes in the reefs. One
reason their dorsal fin is so small. Consequently, they are no good
swimmers out in the open sea, but the perfect tunnel rats.>
He's always stayed totally enclosed within the PVC tunnels, he
moves around them to different openings, and pokes his head out just
far enough for food, and reacts to my shadow by retreating (my point
is, he's not inactive).
But every now and then when I peek in to check on him, he is side ways
or almost upside down in his tunnel, eyes clear and breathing normally,
but on odd angles. This of course freaks me out, but then if he does
stick part of his body out, he'll be perfectly upright and moving
fine. All I can think is he is following the edging of the piping to
try and peer out?
<I would not be concerned here as long as he acts, looks and eats
as the opening of the tunnel is a PVC "elbow" so it's
curved, and he couldn't see out if he sat straight, he'd just
be starring at a plastic wall? It just confuses me so as he swims fine
when he comes out. Really sorry about the extremely long query!
<No problem. Good luck with keeping the two of them together! This
usually works, but I know cases (probably two males) where it
didn't. In contrast, mixed couples even produced eggs.>
Thank you for your time, Casey.
Re: Zebra Moray, normal behaviour? -- 09/10/10
Thank you for your fast reply!
<You are welcome.>
I've found myself often just staring at their tank totally puzzled
by him! Especially since one was obviously thriving. I did a water
change today and he came out for a swim, totally upright, so this
combined with your answer has restored my confidence!
Yes I agree! I have even said that very thing to them! I should think
they'll be okay, they were housed together when ordered by the
store, and they had them about 6 months before me, so let's hope
they continue to be buddies!
Thank you again for putting me at ease! They mean a lot to me!
<Provide clean water and a vitamin enriched, varied diet and I'm
confident you'll have fun with them for a long time.>
I'm sorry just 5 more questions (zebra moray) 1. My 55
gallon tank is part undergravel filter. If I put the carpet anemone in
that tank and he goes to stick himself through the crushed coral
looking for the glass will he get messed up.
<Maybe... if it were mine, I'd place this anemone in a glass
dish of fine substrate of its own and place this whole structure on top
of the undergravel filter> 2. Can a carpet anemone be happy in a
crushed coral bottom tank. Should I try to stick him on top of some
rocks even though he is bigger than any rock
<Only the organism itself can "answer" this by its
behavior... give it the chance to "decide" on its own... by
placing it as stated above... maybe with a piece of rock above, under
the fine substrate in "its" dish> I have just about.
3.Should I wait a little while before I try to move the Zebra moray eel
so he doesn't get way stressed out. <Not probably a big deal...
these are animals of habit... move its surroundings to the new system,
provide the same feeding, care routines... and it won't
"notice" the move... do scoop the fish out in a sturdy
(doubled) plastic bag... rather than netting it> 4.Should I try to
feed him before I move him <No> 5.You think he would eat my
cleaner shrimp. My lion fish wont and neither did my scorpion fish
<Without a doubt, yes... only a matter of (short) time.> <Bob
Re: Am sorry just 5 more questions (zebra moray) excellent!
Thanks for all the tips. I am really hesitant about this swap but I
know in the long run it will all be worth it. I got my eel to eat for
the first time today. I was so happy I fed him a big ole piece of
shrimp on a stick. he really liked it. Again thanks and I will let you
know how it goes. thanks, David Myers <Ah, good to hear, and I do
agree with your sentiments. Bob Fenner>