This eel is typically mottled green and brown, though it can vary greatly due to its ability to camouflage to its surroundings. Also known as a Carpet Eel Blenny and an Earred Eel Blenny, it is really not an eel or a blenny. Specifically, it is a pseudochromid (a dottyback). Lacking pigment in its sensory holes on both sides of the head, it appears as though it has ears. A hardy eel that is one of the shortest available.
Size: sm. 4"-6"; med. 9"-12"; lg. 13"+; can get to a maximum length of 18"
No. in Tank: more than one is possible
Tank: min. 60 gallons
Food: (Carnivore) Prefers meaty items such as live feeder fish, small fiddler crabs, grass shrimp, chopped clams and prawns. A hearty eater who will produce a large amount of waste product. Can learn to feed from feeding tongs (stay aware of its strong jaws). Feed one to two times a week. Eats at night by nature (nocturnal eater).
Adaptation: Acclimate only to a well-established aquarium with an excellent water filtration system (due to the large amount of waste products produced). Also needs holes and crevices to hide within. These will also help to discourage the eel from jumping out of the aquarium. A tight fitting lid is imperative.
Compatibility: A reef system eel that does not belong in a community tank. It will eat ornamental crustaceans and, if not well-fed, will graze on soft corals and LPS and nip at large corals. Keep with other large, aggressive fish. Any fish that will fit into its mouth will be swallowed.