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Old 09-09-2013, 03:08 PM   #51
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They will eat. Mine took a few days for me to actually see them eat, but I suspect that they were eating sooner.
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Old 09-09-2013, 05:37 PM   #52
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I could be wrong but eels have bad eye sight, that being said id be careful hand feeding him
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That's correct. When hand feeding morays in the wild or captivity, they are near sighted. They have excellent smelling capability, but need to be within inches of the food to see it. This is how people get accidentally bit. In the wild, I have had them swim into my buoyancy compensator (BC) looking for food. Once in Hawaii I had to abandon my dive gear on the bottom because a 3' spotted moray named "Snaggletooth" (and he was full of teeth) got under my BC against my skin and decided he liked it there.

First two shots are spotted morays, third one is a Hawaiian conger moray. It's that second one that was called Snaggletooth (he had a tooth poking out on his right side) that a few seconds after taking this picture he decided to join me on my dive.
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Old 09-09-2013, 06:49 PM   #54
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I could be wrong but eels have bad eye sight, that being said id be careful hand feeding him
True but its just like hand feeding a trigger its a risk but if the reward is worth it to you then go for it. I personally hand feed all the time and also ended up being but by my clown trigger most likely due to that reason but even still I hand feed to this day and have gotten my snowflake to take shrimp from my hand
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True but its just like hand feeding a trigger its a risk but if the reward is worth it to you then go for it. I personally hand feed all the time and also ended up being but by my clown trigger most likely due to that reason but even still I hand feed to this day and have gotten my snowflake to take shrimp from my hand
I still hand feed morays. It is highly discouraged in the wild now but I've been doing it for over 30 years and still haven't been bit. They appreciate a piece of fish. Trick is to just release the food under their nose.
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Old 09-09-2013, 10:05 PM   #56
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I have been bit by my zebra eel and while startling doesn't hurt or break skin. More of a crushing than piercing. Use to have a niger that would steal krell from me as was feeding eel. New triggers came out more today and ate some frozen and pellet food.
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update on my trigger. He tried to kick my yellow belly hippo out of her bed aka her rock cave. He met the wrath of the tang but neither are injured and he found a new rock. Shes much bigger than him so hopefully they establish their separate sleeping spots. Funny to watch. Neither tried to attack the other but he definitely knew he wasnt welcome so i built him a cave of his own just below hers and he took to it instantly.
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Mine have started coming out a lot more. They have been out most of day.
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