The Minstrel Serpent Starfish has a sleek physical build and stark colouration. In fact, unlike many starfish common to home aquariums, the Minstrel Serpent Starfish has long, almost spindly arms that radiate from its central disc. But what this sea star lacks in arm girth, it more than makes up for in colour form and appetite. In fact, the bands of brown and red that dress the Minstrel Serpent Starfish striped arms give this member of the Ophiuridae family a unique beauty. Plus, this voracious carnivore can make quick work of any uneaten meaty food it finds fallen throughout your aquarium.
In the home aquarium, it requires ample hiding places and plenty of room to roam. The Minstrel Serpent Starfish is best kept in larger systems, since it can grow up to 13cm in diameter from arm tip to arm tip.
Even though the Minstrel Serpent Starfish is a nocturnal animal, it may eventually learn to come out during the day to eat. It will become sluggish if the nitrate levels are too high. They should be fed small pieces of chopped meat, shrimp, mussel, or fish.
Like other invertebrates, the Minstrel Serpent Starfish is very intolerant of sudden changes in oxygen levels, salinity and pH of the water, and cannot tolerate copper-based medications. The drip acclimation method is highly recommended for all starfish due to their intolerance to changes in water chemistry. They should never be exposed to air while handling.
This species is simliar to the Tiger Serpent Starfish (O. superba), which has a circle in the star shaped pattern on its central disc. The Minstrel Serpent Starfish does not have a circle in its star pattern on its central disc.