Blackrim Cusk Eel

(Lepophidium profundorum)

Lepophidium Eels are commonly referred to as Cusk Eels having a similar body shape as Eels. Some species of Cusk Eel can grow quite large, research each species to ensure your aquarium is adequate. Cusk Eels should be added to large aquariums that are well established with plenty of rockwork, large caves and crevices to hide. Juveniles inhabit shallow coral reefs while the adults are benthopelagic, mostly inhabiting the sandy, muddy ocean floor. They are not reef safe and should be housed with larger fish with the same temperment as they will eat just about anything they can fit in their mouth. Do not attempt to hand feed or stick your hand in the aquarium near Eels as they may bite. When feeding use a long handled tool with meaty foods attached waving in front of them as most Eels have poor eye site. Cusk Eels are carnivorous primarily feeding on bony fish, crustaceans including crabs and shrimp. A diet of meaty based foods should be provided.

The Blackrim Cusk Eel are also known as the Fawn Cusk Eel. Rarely seen in the aquarium trade. Blackrim Cusk Eels are an overall yellow brown to smokey color, with pale to white spots and dorsal and anal fins trimmed in black. They can grow to almost 9".

We recommend a minimum aquarium size of 100 gallons or larger for this species.

Water conditions: Salinity 1.020 - 1.025, Temp (F) 72 - 78, pH 8.1 - 8.4, Alkalinity 8 - 12 dKH

  • Care: CareEasyEasy
  • Behavior: BehaviorAgressiveAgressive
  • Diet: DietLive FoodLive Food
  • Habitat: HabitatReefReef
  • Light: LightMediumMedium