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Fire Coral Eel (Gymnothorax miliaris)

The Fire Coral Eel or Gymnothorax miliaris is just one of the over 600 different species of Eels in the world. This particular species is black in color, with golden spots that cover its entire body.  This makes it quite easy to differentiate from other species. Fire Coral Eels are a kind of Moray Eel with the typical thick long body and large & powerful jaws.

Fire Coral Eels are found in the Pacific and Atlantic Ocean around reefs and go by a few different names including the Bastard Eel, Goldentail Moray and Conger Moray. Like a lot of other Eels, you will find them hiding in rocks or caves with their large mouths sticking out waiting for food to swim by.Although sometimes kept in an aquarium, the Fire Coral Eel is not considered to be very easy to care for. They require a large aquarium of about 140 gallons and can grow to about 2' in length. Make sure your aquarium has a nice tight lid and provide this Eel with plenty of places to hide. This will keep your Fire Coral Eel healthy and happy. The following water conditions are recommended, 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4 and sg 1.020-1.025.

These saltwater fish will eat just about anything that they can fit into their mouths including fish and invertebrates. In an aquarium, you can feed them squid, octopus, and live feeder fish. You can check out the Fire Coral Eel with your own eyes in the video below...

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