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The Skeletor Moray Eel our first showpiece reef fish
October 26, 2012 by Peter (1 Comment)
For the longest time I've always wanted to keep a Moray Eel. Before keeping a saltwater tank, I had dreams of keeping a Green Moray.

After coming down from the clouds and realizing that keeping a 6 foot plus man eating eel in anything smaller than a 1000 gallon system would be nuts, I started looking for alternatives. I for the most part like rare things that other people don't have. From cars, to trees and now fish... it's just something I do. My wife would say to a fault ;-)

The first rare Moray I looked at was the Dragon Moray, which only grew to just over three feet. Once again after more thought, I realized that I'd like to keep a Moray that wouldn't eat all of my fish. So I started looking at Morays that weren't fish eaters. The normal list of crustacean eaters came back including that Chainlink Moray, Snowflake Moray, Golden Dwarf Moray and Zebra Moray. All were a bit too common for me, minus the Golden Dwarf, so I kept looking.

I then happened across a post talking about various rare Morays. One that caught my eye was the Skeletor Moray Eel. Not only was it named after the villain in He-Man, but it was a crustacean eater and rare. It also has a very unique and appealing coloration to it. So it was off to the races for me to find this rare eel.

Now I ran into a problem, seems this eel is very seasonal and was impossible to find. I happened to find one in New York, but the LFS owner wanted $1,000 for the eel. I also was offered a full sized Skeletor on Reef Central for $800, but wanted to start with a small eel. Finally somebody on Reef Central told me that he had bought a Skeletor Moray from Live Aquaria's Divers Den and was sent a Tesselata Moray Eel instead. He told me that they found a replacement Skeletor for him and two more were also coming in.

Before this I had even reached out to various divers in the Pacific around Indonesia and Papua New Guinea to see if they could find the eel for me with no luck, so now knowing Divers Den had two extra Skeletors was a godsend. I contacted them right away and was told they had them, but couldn't sell them to more or let them know when they would go for sale. I watched Divers Den like a hawk everyday around 5PM and finally on November 15, 2011 it came up on Divers Den and I snagged it. Without even looking at the size or price I bought it

The Skeletor Moray soon arrived and we got him into his new home (no quarantine... go us!). He was a thin little guy and was about 7 inches long. He's got a lot fatter now and is around 20" long now. He loves him some frozen shrimp with Zoe added to it. He has been extremely happy in his home and has left all of our fish alone. Some shrimp have gone missing, but I think I'll blame the Niger Trigger (Gunner) on that one... We'll make sure to keep you up to date on Skeletor's growth in our reef with updated pictures and videos as well. Below is our Skeletor featured on Divers Den.


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They are very amazing creatures, I have one and have almost 2 feet long and he is happy toghether with other 5 morays; 2 dwarf eels; one zebra; one snow flake and one Brazilian golden moray.
Posted by: Gabi on 5/26/2013 10:14:50 PM
 
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