Species Name : Rhinomuraena Quaesita
Care Level : Expert Only
Temperament : Semi-aggressive
Color : Black, Blue, Yellow
Diet : Carnivore
Reef Compatible : With Caution
Water Conditions : sg 1.020-1.025, 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4
Origin : Indonesia
Family : Muraenidae
Minimum Tank Size : 55 gallons
The Blue Ribbon Eel (Rhinomuraena Quaesita), also known as the Leaf-Nosed Moray Eel, is a species of moray eel, the only member of the genus Rhinomuraena. These iconic eels get their name from the thin ribbon-like dorsal markings and their undulating swimming pattern.
The Blue Ribbon Eel is one of the most attractive underwater creatures with their tiny dragon head and long elegant bodies. Ribbon Eels can stretch up to 4 feet in maximum length and adult ribbon eels have a blue body with a yellow dorsal fin. As the Ribbon Eel transitions from the juvenile phase into an adult male or female, their color patterns change. The iconic blue coloration is only one phase (adult male). Juveniles are black with a yellow dorsal fin. In males, the black coloration changes to blue with yellow on the lower jaw, snout, and dorsal fin. Females are bluish-/greenish-yellow to solid yellow.
Ribbon Eels have long protruding nostrils which are almost seahorse like in appearance. They use them to sense vibrations in the water, which helps them hunt and defend themselves.
Blue Ribbon Eel should only be kept by the most advanced aquarist due to their special care requirements. It is not recommended to keep them together with other inhabitants of the aquarium. Instead, keep them in a dedicated aquarium ideally a 55g tank or bigger.
Ribbon Eels are nocturnal hunters which leave their hiding spots under the cover of darkness. They like to hide in burrows and require several inches of gravel-covered sand to be able to dig holes. Artificial cave-like structures, such as PVC pipe, can be provided for refuge, and to keep these escape artists from slithering out of a tank you will need to ensure you have a tightly sealed lid.
Ribbon Eels are carnivores and their diets consist of shrimps and small fish. It is important to watch your hands if you are hand feeding the Eel as they can bite. Feeding tongs can be useful, and are highly suggested when feeding your Eel. Since they are predatory, and their eyesight is not great, they may mistake your hand for food. They are also ambush predators, and should not be housed with any fish small enough to fit into it's mouth. The Blue Ribbon Eel is a very finicky eater, and can be difficult to get to start eating in the beginning. They also require pristine water, therefor your water quality should be perfect.
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