Black Ribbon Eel
The Ribbon Eel, also called the Ribbon Moray Eel, possesses unique physical characteristics, including a slender and elongated “ribbon-like” body, delicate jaws, and tubular anterior nostrils adorned with an intricate fan-like expansion. As the Ribbon Eel grows, its coloration undergoes a remarkable transformation. They become jet-black with a yellow dorsal fin, and end up reaching a length of 25-32 inches. At a length of 33 inches or more, they transform into females and turn entirely yellow or yellow-blue. To accommodate the Ribbon Eel, a 55-gallon or larger aquarium is necessary, with a deep (4-5 inch) sandy bottom for it to live and hide under. Its refuge may be a cave, man-made corals, or a PVC pipe buried in the sand with a single opening. A tight-fitting lid is required to prevent escape. The Ribbon Eel feeds on live feeder fish, crab, or shrimp and prefers not to compete for food.