Found in the region of the Hawaiian Islands in the North Pacific, this eel is mottled tan, black and white from the top of its head to the end of its tail. There are no pectorl fins. Those colors plus orange covers the nose, mouth, jaws, nostril flares and the horns above its eyes. The first of 3 "cousins" who differ slightly by pattern. Like all eels, it will attack if provoked and escape if given a hole, even the smallest, to go through. Keep a tight lid on the aquarium at all times. Do not attempt to feed by hand. Much caution should be taken with this eel. Also known as the Hawaiian Dragon Eel. Not to be confused with the Japanese or Mexican Dragon Eels.
Size: ave. 12" to 14"; can get as long as 32"
No. in Tank: Must be by itself, without any other fish.
Tank: min. 180 gallons
Temperament: VERY Aggressive
Food: (Carnivore) Feed a variety of meaty items in large chunks, 1 or 2 times a week. Offer things such as live feeder fish, squid, raw table shrimp, krill, clams and octopus. It is a hearty eater that will produce a large amount of waste.
Adaptation: Must introduce into a tank with an excellent water filtration system due to the large amount of waste it will produce. Needs rocks, overhangs or other suitable shelter in which to hide. In time, the eel will begin to show itself, possibly coming completely into view. It will take 2+ hours to fully acclimate this eel.
Compatibility: This eel needs to be in a tank by itself. It will eat most anything. NO TANK-MATES.
**EXPERT AQUARISTS **VERY AGGRESSIVE