The Snowflake Eel


The Snowflake eel is one of the most vibrant and beautiful of all the kept eels. They will spend their days move throughout the rock work, hiding in caves and searching for food. Eels are predators by nature and will eat and hunt down smaller fish. As a result of this they are best kept in a predator tank with other larger tank mates.


Eels love places to hide so creating a nice sized cave and plenty of hiding places will make this eel feel right at home.

They are an especially hardy fish and an even better escape artist so if you desire to keep an eel of any sorts you need to ensure your tank is secure to prevent the eel from escaping.




Tank Size

50 gallon – They need plenty of hiding spaces and caves within the rock work to feel calm and safe.


Care Level

Easy – expert escape artist.



semi-aggressive – The snowflake eel is after all a predator by nature. Show caution when feeding and housing with smaller tank mates.


Reef Safe

With Caution – Although they will not eat any coral they are boisterous and move close to the rock work. As a result of this they tend to damage or knock over many corals.

They will also eat many small fish and invertebrates that are normally found in a reef tank. I think it is for this reason they are labeled ‘with caution’.


Max Size

2 foot



white, tan and black – they have a beautiful coloration that is unique in every individual.



In the tank, it will take frozen or freeze-dried krill, fish, shrimp, and most meaty foods. It can be taught to hand feed, although this should be done with caution, as it can inflict a painful bite.