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Blue Ribbon Eel - Rhinomuraena quaesita - Ghost Ribbon Eel

Blue Ribbon Eel - Rhinomuraena quaesita - Ghost Ribbon Eel
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Aquarium suitability:
Care level:
Semi Aggressive
Minimum tank size:
60 Gallon
Maximum size:
45 inches
Reef compatibility:
Indo Pacific
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Blue Ribbon Eel is blue with yellow fins. Ribbon eels make striking display animals for the home aquarium; however, in some captive venues they will refuse to feed. In most cases they will need live feeder fish to survive, but some can be trained to take small pieces of fish impaled on the sharpened end of a piece of rigid airline tubing or to take food off the aquarium bottom. Provide with plenty of hiding places and sand on the bottom of the tank. A cave or pile of rubble may be used as a shelter site. This species does best if kept in a specimen tank (on its own).

The ribbon eel is an elegant creature with a long, thin body and high dorsal fins. Many feel that it resembles a brightly colored party streamer. The ribbon eel can easily be recognised by its expanded anterior nostrils. Juveniles and sub-adults are jet black with a yellow dorsal fin, while females are yellow with a black anal fin with white margins on the fins. The adult male can be black, fluorescent blue with yellow highlights, blue-green, or brilliant yellow.

Like many eels, the ribbon eel is sometimes thought to be angry or aggressive, because its mouth is often open, appearing ready to strike. In reality, the eel is simply breathing.

In the wild, the ribbon eel buries itself in sand or hides in rocks or reefs, dashing out to feed on small fishes. The ribbon eel is known as one of the most sociable and peaceful of all moray eels, and does not bother humans or get easily irritated. As the eel grows and gets older, it changes sex from a male to a female. The ribbon eel also changes its colour from blue to yellow when it becomes fully mature (& female).

General Size Specifications: These eels will come to you generally in the 8 - 12 inch range.

Minimum Tank Size: The Blue Ribbon Eel prefers a tank of at least 60 gallons with plenty of places to hide & swim.

Feeding and Diet: The Rhinomuraena quaesita is a carnivore and likes to eat Prefers live feeder shrimp, can be coaxed to eat frozen foods with time and patience.

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