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Saltwater Eels

The saltwater eel is a fascinating creature to keep as a pet. Like fish, they come in an array of patterns and colors, and watching them glide gracefully through their habitat can be a cathartic and relaxing pastime.

FAQs About Saltwater Eels

The price of our live eels for sale will vary based on the size and type of pet you choose. Our Snowflake Moray Eel costs between $39.99 and $49.99. However, in addition to the upfront cost of saltwater eels, you’ll need to purchase and set up an appropriate habitat environment for them to thrive.

Eels need:

Taking on a pet eel requires some time, patience and love. To learn more, check out our Marine Eel Care Guide: How to Care for a Moray Eel to see if this type of pet is right for you.

Saltwater eels love to play hide and seek. They thrive when they have caves and crevices to hide in, as well as rocks, plants or coral to slither between. The more space they have to play, the happier they’ll be.

When it comes to appropriately sized aquariums, the bigger you can get, the better. If you have a species of eel that grows to be longer than 30-inches, you’ll want a tank that holds between 55 to 135 gallons.

Eels tend to produce a lot of waste, so having a larger tank will help to keep it clean. Larger saltwater tanks tend to be easier to maintain—the smaller the ecosystem, the more delicate.

It’s also important to make sure your aquarium has a firmly fitting lid. Pet eels are both clever and curious—they may decide to make a slithery escape. Here are some more tips on Setting Up A Saltwater Aquarium.

The average lifespan of pet eels for sale usually ranges between 10 to 30 years, depending on the species. Proper care is essential to ensure your eel pet lives a long, happy life.

Eels are nocturnal, so you may not see much movement during the day. They are also known to be sedentary, so if your pet isn’t highly active, it may not be a cause of concern. Eels that are thriving should have clear eyes and a hearty appetite.

Consult a veterinarian if your eel experiences:

  • Weight loss or disinterest in food
  • Erratic swimming
  • Loss of color
  • The development of spots or fungus on their mouth or body
  • Difficulty with respiration

Check out New Pet Guides: Saltwater Fish for more information on saltwater fish keeping.