Snowflake Moray Eel- Echidna nebulosa
Care Level: Easy
Temperament: Semi aggressive
Reef Safe: With caution
Minimum Tank Size: 60 gallons
The Snowflake Moray Eel or Starry Eel is one of the more popular eels due to its impressive color patterns of Tan,White and Black as well as its small size. The Snowflake Moray Eel only grows to about 24 inches in the home aquarium, making it one of the smaller eels. This species of eel is also very easy to care for with no special requirements other than a normal carnivorous diet for eels and standard reef tank water parameters.
One additional piece of necessary equipment is a fitted lid. The Snowflake Moray Eel like most eels is an escape artist. They will slip through the tiniest of openings so a tight fitting secure lid is a must. It’s important to note that eels in general are also very strong. Most species can easily lift a tank lid.
The StarryEel is coral and anemone safe, but it will eat crustaceans including ornamental shrimp as well as small fish. A good amount of live rock is also needed for your eel to thrive. Any live rock in the tank must be properly secured as the eel wiggles in and out.
Snowflake Eels should be fed 2-3 times per week. Most of the time they aren’t picky eaters, however occasionally an individual specimen will require live food such as ghost shrimp to initiate the feeding response. Marine based fresh or frozen meaty items will suffice. Squid, clams, mussels, shrimp and fish flesh are all good choices and occasionally offer vitamin enriched varieties. Feeding tongs should be used to target feed. Eels don’t have the best eyesight, but they do have very sharp and powerful teeth.
Overall the Snowflake Moray Eel is one of the more even tempered eels. It’s smaller size, color patterns and active personality make it a great addition to most reef and FOWLR tank setups.
related: Dwarf Yellow Moray Eel