I actually asked several questions last year regarding zebra and snowflake morays. Forgive the semi-duplicate post but I'm revisiting the subject and new members may be able to help. Hara was a big help, as was StripesTheEel recently (thanks to both). As Stripes is aware, now a year later, I've finally decided I want to get a zebra moray. I've got a 110 gallon tank (lightly stocked still since I've been on the fence about an eel - just a yellow tang and 2 clowns), but it is only 4 feet long. Some seem to think that is pushing it with a zebra. I've got a lot of rock (over 200lbs in total), a 50 gallon sump with built in 15 gallon fuge with rock rubble and chaeto, ASM G3 skimmer, and a lot of water movement (about 3000 gph
in total). I've kept morays in the past (jewel and snowflake), but I've always loved zebras. I got the 4ft tank with the most capacity since that's all the room I had and I'm aware of the waste eels produce. I've created caves and secured my rock structure. My next task is to eel proof my tank.
So, the point of this post is....
Any opinions regarding a zebra for my particular set-up? There are conflicting theories about a zebra's max length. Some say 4-5ft. Many places say they usually max at 3ft in captivity.
"The Zebra is one of the smaller morays attaining two to three feet in overall length in captivity, and maybe four in the wild." -- http://www.wetwebmedia.com/zebramor.htm
"Zebra Moray Eel adults can grow to 130 cm (51 inches), but usually only attain about 90cm (36 inches) in captivity." -- http://animal-world.com/encyclo/mari...zebramoray.php
Also, I'd like advice as far as eel proofing my tank. I've got an external overflow box. I'm considering simply fastening some egg crate to the top of the box to prevent the eel from entering. I haven't decided on glass or egg crate for the top but am looking for opinions.
Anything else anyone can think of would be great - I understand compatablity issues, inverts, etc so I should be all set there.