Reef safe eels?

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  1. The Gray Phantom

    The Gray Phantom Member

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    I was wondering if any eels are safe to keep in a reef tank with a flame angle, neon dottyback, two clownfish in an anemone, two shrimp in an anemone, blue tang, fire fish, purple tang, and mandarin goby? I have heard that they will eat any small fish and shrimp. Are there any nice eels?
     
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    The closest you can get is a pebbled toothed morey eel. Small fish and all crustaceans are on the menu. They may knock over coral but won’t eat them.

    Fire fish and small fish like those are def in the menu.
     
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    Melatremus eel is pretty safe. They stay small, though the shrimp may be in danger.
     
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    I’m looking for a golden dwarf moray eel.
     
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    Ok. That’s what I kinda figured.
    What about anemone shrimp? Or crabs and lobsters. Is it likely to eat my mandarin goby or dotty back? Or any others?
     
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    I've never had one eat a fish. Inverts are a possibility.
     
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    I’ve only heard of them eating small fish.
     
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    Zebra Moray, but it will eat any shrimps.
     
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    Meletremus, aka golden dwarf moray, is a pebble toothed, invert specialised predator. It would be a rarity for one to go after fish.
     
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    Didn’t realize golden dwarf was a pebbled tooth thought it was a fish eater. I do believe that @Robin Haselden had his eat some fish.
     
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    Gymnothorax is a genus of sharp toothed morays, and they eat fish. My G. melatremus ate over $200 in fish over the course of 2 months before I figured out what was going on. You normally don't hear of them being fish eaters in captivity because people keep tangs and triggers and huge fish... but I keep all small fish. Basslet, blenny, goby, wrasse, cardinal...

    I would call the golden dwarf reef safe only with large fish. I've never seen mine go after my shrimp or hermits. Its in a nano now with a coral banded shrimp. Any fish small enough for it to swallow is a gonner.
     
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    What about sexy anemone shrimp. Would it go after them in the anemone?
    Ok
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