- Scientific name: Gymnothorax tile
- Synonyms: Lycodontis tile, Muraena tile, Muraenophis tile
- Common name: Freshwater moray, Snowflake eel
- Group: Brackish fishes
- Habitat: Asia, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Phillipines.
- Size: 60 cm
- Biotope: Inhabits river estuaries and river mouths.
- Social behavior: Nocturnal fish. They can be predatory towards smaller fish. Peaceful towards its own kind, and best kept in a small group of 3-4 fish, as they become more active in this way.
- Diet: Carnivorous; they may accept only live foods in the first time, but will usually eat frozen foods later. Prawns, small fish, earthworms and mussels are preferred foods.
- Breeding: Have not been bred in aquarium.
- Tank: Minimum 450 litres
- Population: 3-4 fish for 600 litres
- Decoration: Provide a bottom of fine coral sand as the fish often burrows into the substrate. Dim lighting and lot of hiding places from rocks or plastic pipes are necessary. The aquarium cover must be very tight and heavy enough to prevent the escape of the fish.
- Temperature: 23-28 °C
- pH: 7-9
- Hardness: 8-30 NK°
- Salinity: 1 spoon of salt / 20 litres
- Lifespan: 30 years
Description: Snowflake eel has a dark body with orange and white spots, this is where its got the common name. Gymnothorax tile has small eyes and possesses terrible eyesight, but has a very good sense of smell, and they can also detect prey or approaching threats by vibrations in the water. Gymnothorax tile often sold as a freshwater species, but they require at least brackish water. Juveniles can be kept in freshwater for some time, however they will eat and grow far better in brackish conditions. The level of salt should also be increased as they grow, as adult fish are live in full marine conditions in nature. They don’t need a huge aquarium given their potential size, but a tank with at least 120x60 cm base area is required. They have a mouth full of needle-like teeth, so precaution is needed when performing tank maintenance. It is very important that copper-based medications should never be used in their aquarium, as they are intolerant to copper, and it could cause their death. The difference between the sexes is unknown. There is only a few information available about their breeding habits, in nature Gymnothorax tile lives in marine conditions but travels to freshwater for breeding and spawning. These conditions would be difficult to replicate in aquarium.
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