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Snowflake Eel for Sale
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Here's a Snowflake Eel for sale in our facility. Snowflake Eels like this one prefer to live inside a cave.



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picture of a Snowflake Moray Eel at, Tropical Fish stores. Click on this picture to see a bigger picture.
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Snowflake Eel

Pictures: an 8" Snowflake Eel



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Scientific Name
Gymnothorax tile

You may prefer to give a Snowflake Eel a more decorative home or a more natural looking home than a piece of plastic pipe. But whatever type of home you choose for your eels, be sure the materials are safe and will not contaminate your aquarium. Click here for more information about how to avoid contaminating your aquarium.

These Eels are called Snowflake Eels because they are covered with small marks that look like Snowflakes.

"The Big Katuna" says, "Snowflake Eels are usually peaceful, sticking their heads out of a cave, checking out the surroundings, and chillin'. These Eels are active, when the lights are off, and often feed just after the lights go off.  Snowflakes can be trained to eat a piece of fish off the end of a wooden skewer. Watch out for those teeth of theirs." This is a quote from someone with experience.


Appropriate Home
Eventually a Snowflake Eel will need an aquarium with at least 50-gallons of water, an exterior power filter with a BIO-Wheel, a maximum of 1/4-inch of gravel, and an aquarium heater adjusted to keep the water between 75 and 82 degrees F. Click here for more about warm water aquariums. Be sure each Snowflake Eel has its own piece of plastic pipe or a cave to live in. These Snowflake Eels do better with about 1-Tablespoon of Aquarium Salt per each 5-gallons of water. Click here for more information about Aquarium Salt.

Cichlid Stones - Ceramic Aquarium Caves - Click on this image to buy Cichlid Stones.
Most Eels, Sharks, and Loaches love Cichlid Stones, which are natural looking ceramic aquarium caves . Click here for more about Cichlid Stones.

Recommended Diet
Ghost Shrimp, Black Worms, and Guppies. Larger Snowflake Eels may eat Live Comet Goldfish, and pieces of fish and shrimp bought at the grocery store. Click here for more about Black Worms. Click here for more about feeding fish.


You could keep one Snowflake Eel in an aquarium with other fish that are too big to be swallowed by the Snowflake Eel. Or you can keep several Snowflake Eels together in a group with other fish that are too big to be swallowed. But keeping just a few Snowflakes together usually doesn't work because the dominant Snowflake Eel will make the others miserable.

Some good tank mates for Snowflake Eels are Large Tinfoil Barbs, Clown Knifefish, Pangasius Catfish, Large Rainbow Sharks, and White Tip Shark Catfish. Snowflake Eels are often seen in aquariums with Oscars, other Neotropical Cichlids, and most medium and large size Tropical Fish that are too big to be swallowed by a Snowflake Eel. Click here to read more about several other groups of compatible fish.


Size and Lifespan
Snowflake Eels can live for several years and grow to be 24" long and sometimes even longer.


Customer Comments

I have a snowflake eel that doesn't appear to be eating anything.  The
store owner told me that they are kind of like snakes in that they don't have to eat all the time and can go a couple of months without eating.

Is this true?  What should I be feeding it?  I do have cichlids in the tank with him and they don't seem to bother each other at all.  Any help you can give me will be greatly appreciated.


Reply. Hello Art. Getting Snowflake Eels to eat can be a problem. The comment that the store owner made to you is certainly false. No Snowflake Eel should go more that two or three days without eating. A Snowflake going two months without food is ridiculous.

Snowflake Eels are nocturnal, which means that they tend to eat at night, when the lights are off. I recommend that you turn off the lights on your aquarium then darken the room and add a few Ghost Shrimp, some live Black Worms, and a few small fish like guppies to your aquarium.

Your Cichlids will not be able to find these live foods in the dark, but your Snowflake Eel probably will find them and eat them.

I recommend you increase the temperature of the water by 4 degrees F., then increase it an additional 2 degrees each day, until your Snowflake starts to eat. Do not exceed 84 degrees, and after your Eel starts to eat, gradually lower the temperature back down to about 78 degrees.


Customer Comments

Are you sure that the eel you are selling is Echidna nebulosa? That species can't live in fresh water very long at all, and even doesn't do brackish very well. It is also a totally different color. The species I think you have is the Freshwater Moray Eel (Echidna rhodochilius).

There are also a few other species of moray eel that can live in brackish and even fresh water to include Gymnothorax afer, Gymnothorax fimbriatus, Gymnothorax polyuradon and Gymnothorax tile. There are actually several others, but the Snowflake eel is not one of them.

You can examine the Nominal species list for moray eels at /...Summary.cfm?ID=56

and see a list based off of that of moray eels that may be kept in brackish or fresh water at ... k/blfweels.htm

I cannot see the moray well enough in that picture to determine which of the freshwater species it is, but if it eats primarily crustaceans then it is Echidna and if it eats fish then it is probably a Gymnothorax sp.

Curtis W.

Reply. Hello Curtis. You're right, and we had the Scientific Name of the Snowflake Eel wrong. We checked with some other experts, who think we have Gymnothorax tile, which was one of the possibilities you listed in your email. Thank you for your help in straightening us out.

Customer Comments

On your page where you advertise "snowflake eels" ... / ... /eels_moray.htm

I'd just like to give some constructive criticism if you don't mind. Since you advertise these guys as being compatible with Large Tinfoil Barbs, Clown Knifefish, Pangasius Catfish, Large Rainbow Sharks, and White Tip Shark Catfish ect, I'm assuming you're actually talking about what is commonly sold as the Freshwater Moray Eel or Freshwater Snowflake Eel.

In that case, the scientific name Echidna nebulosa you sell these as is incorrect. Echidna nebulosa, the true snowflake eel, is a strictly marine species, and actually looks nothing like the eels you have pictured for sale.

Typically, there are two species commonly sold as the freshwater moray eel, Echidna rhodochilus and Gymnothorax polyurandon. As juveniles they can be kept in freshwater, although both are true brackish fish, which also do well in full marine conditions, but should not be kept in freshwater for long term health as you seem to suggest by the fish you mention as tankmates ... I hope you guys find the information helpful.

Thanks for taking the time to read,
Amber L.

Reply. Hello Amber. Thank you for the information in your email about the scientific name of Snow Flake Eels. We think this fish is Gymnothorax tile. Click on the next line to go to the page in FishBase at, ... /SpeciesSummary.cfm? ... =tile

Which has a link to synonyms for Gymnothorax tile at, ... /SynonymsList.cfm? ... =tile

Where Gymnothorax polyuranodon is listed as a  misidentification of Gymnothorax tile. But your information was better than our information, and we thank you for helping us get it right.

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