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Post by MarcG on 18/12/2011, 11:21

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Post by Fish dude on 18/12/2011, 11:22

:bounce: HURRY UP i like snakeheads this could be my topic of the day :bounce:
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Post by carpguru on 18/12/2011, 11:23

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Post by MarcG on 18/12/2011, 11:28

commen name: giant snakehead , toman snakehead , red snakehead , redline snakehead

scientific name: channa micropeltis

maximum size: reports upto 5ft or 152cm - these until proven otherwise are to be discredited as fishmens tales the average size recorded is around 3.5ft or 106cm but in homw aquaria a very large specamin would be around 3ft or 91cm , which is still a lot of responsability for any owner / keeper

native range : thailand , malay peninsula , sumartra and borneo

tempreture: the tempreture range of this fish is from upper sub-tropical to tropical and is best maintained at around 25-30deg

breeding: no reports from private breeders although comercial breeding is frequient , clears a area of vegitation at the surface where the eggs are deposited and subsequently hatch out as fry . parent guard and protact the eggs , only the very largest of aquaria would be possable to breed such a monster fish

habitat: rivers lakes canals and resivoirs ,useally found in still water , unlike some of the dwarfs this species is thought to very rarley if at all leave the water and try to move accross land

feeding: this is a very unfussy feeder , but stomach samples have shown that this fish mostly feeds on other fish , other contents where mainly frogs and birds , in the aquarium the fish will take all the useual fair .frozen foods cuts of fish ect , the teeth set-up on this fish mean that very little will not be taken without problem

mixing: should only be mixed with others from an early age and even then with extreame caution , do not keep anything with this fish that you will be upset by if you lost it , due to the final size of this fish most hobbiests will only have room for this fish alone when adult ,so mixing should not really be a concern

set-up: even though they are big and mean , they still need to feel comfortable in there suroundings , as young fish set up as most channa with floating cover and heavy planting and wood use , the fish will thank you for it by being much more active and courious , as adults this type of set up may not be acheivable for most people due to the size of there aquaria , this is one of the reason this species id not really suited to the home aquaria , if you are to keep then as a bare minimun you should use floating cover as this will help settle the fish and reduce the hazzard of the fish breaking through the lid of the aquariam





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Post by MarcG on 18/12/2011, 11:43

name: channa bleheri, rainbow snakehead

These are one of the most common snakeheads because there available quite easy. MANY people keep these in tropical conditions but the actuall fact is they are sub-tropical so doing so can harm the snakehead in the long run.

location: Brahmaputra River basin, northern Assam, India

behaviour: seem to be one of the more peacful snakeheads kept with other fish bigger than half their size have a look on youtube. although these people seem to keep with the tropical species and as ive explained they are sub-tropical.

male and female: You can tell the diffrence between the snakeheads because the male is brighter coloured and grows a little larger. they also grow faster than the females.

breeding: they have been bred but have been prooved not to be the easyest channa to breed ive spoke to one person that has been trying to breed them for 4 years!!

temp: in their habitat the winter months drop to 19 deg cel and go all the way up to 28 d.c in the summer. they prefer a ph of about 6-7.5

setup: should be like most other channa a well planted aquarium with some floating plants for cover. make sure they can reach the top as they get oxogen from the surface.

feeding: eats most things meaty foods earthworm,mussel,prawn etc.




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Post by MarcG on 18/12/2011, 11:53

name: channa aurantimaculata, golden spotted cobra snakehead , orange spotted snakehead

Firstly this is my fav channa youl see why when you see a pic below.

size: around 16 inch.

tempreture: 19deg in winter and upto 25deg in summer

prefered ph : between 6 and 7ph but know to tolerate a wide range

location: Brahmaputra River basin, northern Assam, India - same area as bleheri

habitat: pond, streams swamps that sort of thing.

breeding : only known breeding sucsess is reported by a german aquarist , from this we know they are mouthbrooders and also egg feeders , practice spawning can be whitnessed year round but activity hightens as tempretures drop for winter , we belive the trigger tempreture to be around 20deg , as with all channa you are best to start out with a group and let the fish pair up for them selves .

sexing: it is very dificult to tell the sexes apart ,but there are some pointer that will help with this , female has less spots / freckles and wider more defined orange bars , females head is more rounded when looking from a profile shot male has more slope to head

setup: floating cover is a must for this species as they like to hang out umder it , also a cave of some description is prefered ,without a cave they useally dig into the substrate to try and burrow. plants and wood is good. in the winter time people use a powerhed to imitate their winter.

temprement: towards there own kind they are amoung one of the nastiest channa around ,they simply can not stand each other unless they have formed a pair , even then fights can break out at the drop of a hat and they are capable of infliction great damage on each other , strangly when mixed with other fish they seam to ignore all but the smallest fish ,if they dont see it as food they are useally ok.

These are quite expensive channa cheapest one ive found has been £80 deliverd.












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Post by Fish dude on 18/12/2011, 11:53

The rainbows are nice i wouldnt mind some of these myself.
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Post by MarcG on 18/12/2011, 11:55

right my fingers are hurting and im having im reasearching things i already know to make sure im getting thing 100% right for you guys. more channa to come ALOT MORE. will post more soon
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Post by Fish dude on 18/12/2011, 11:55

wow the fins on this are awsome :SCOOL:
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Post by MarcG on 18/12/2011, 11:55

the next one i do biff is the channa im getting this week ( hopefully )
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Post by MarcG on 18/12/2011, 11:57

and fish dude you can see why i like them the best Very Happy
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Post by MarcG on 18/12/2011, 14:11

name: channa gachua.

there are many varients of gachua they normally range from about 6-12 inchs. there are species such as sir lankan royal blue, limbata, red fin, white fin and more.

temp: with being many varients its good to see where your gachua is from. some go from as low as 13 d.c in the winter to 36 d.c in summer!

location: india ,sri-lanka ,thailand , cambodia ,laos ,bangladesh, afganistan ,iran ,myanmar, malay ,borneo ,vietnam ,afganistan and china



ph: as again varies but you can play it safe at 6-7.

breeding: doesnt seem to difficult to breed the varies of this channa as with the others the same concept aplies if you want to breed them have a well planted tank with cover. start of with 6 wait for pair then remove rest

feeding: meaty foods, criskets, pellets etc.

temprement: is not one of the more aggresive channa they can live together with each other happily and with some other fish. however if a pair is formed the aggression will rise alot.








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Post by MarcG on 18/12/2011, 14:22

name: Channa marulius complex, bullseye snakehead

size: 4 ft in the wild as the largest caught. a good size in the aquarium would be around 30 inch.

location:Pakistan India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, southern Nepal , Myanmar, Thailand, Mekong basin of Laos , Cambodia, and southern China

Temperament: being a species compex the temprement varies widely , from moderatly aggressive to very aggresive depending on location. which means your taking a risky chance if you want to mix but as you can imagine to house this fish itself will need a big aquarium.

temp: ranging from the lowest of 10 d.c! to about 28 d.c. a ph between 6-7.5 is good.

breeding: very difficult to breed because of the size of fish.

setup: sand caves some floating plants is good.





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Post by NedtheDog on 19/12/2011, 16:36

I watched a programme on TV last week ( River Monsters ) an angling show about Snakeheads that have been released into the canals and drainage channels in Florida. They are causing problems by eating the local fish stocks, Bass, Sunfish, shiners, mosquito fish etc.
If caught it is illegal to return these fish back to the water. The bullseye appeared to be the biggest problem, on the up side, apparently taste good!
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Post by MarcG on 19/12/2011, 17:32

Yes ive seen the program ned thats why its illegal to keep them in 13 states of america incase released and your right if you catch you cannot return.
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Post by MarcG on 21/12/2011, 21:23

Channa stewartii

Size: approx 11 inch

Location: endemic to brhamaputra,india,bangladesh,ganges river basin,southen nepal.

One of the most aggresive snakeheads around they are in the same group as aurantimaculata and barca hand has the same sort of temprement.

Tank mates should be choosen carefully they are sun tropical and they are aggresive also to there own kind. So observe incase

Parameters 18-24 deg c. Ph 6-7.5

Feeding: just like the others meaty foods, worms insects etcc

Setup: even though this channa is classed as a dwarf species 11 inch is a big fish and if you house more than one in a small tank it will not go well. A planted tank with floating plants is good as with most channa.

Breeding: start out with a group these channa are male mouthbrooders and the fry should be left with them until a approx size of 3 inch

Expect to pay about £20 per fish






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Post by MarcG on 22/12/2011, 18:19

Name: channa barca

Location: bhramaputra river, Bangladesh to india, the ganges

Size: up to 35 inchs

Temprement: a very aggresive snakehead. Same as the stewartii above.

Tank mates: I would not chance it as this is a veryy rare channa. It has been reported done but at your own risk. Youl see why I wouldnt when we get to the price.

Parameters: 16-25 deg c. The nitrate levels were they live is 0-35ppm. And the water is normally soft to neutral.

Setup: with this fish being very large youll need a big tank. They live in the river bank so a cave or something to replicate that. Floating plants will make it feel sercure but is not a must.

Breeding: has not yet been done but if your lucky enough to have them try it. Youll get a very wealthu profit.

Price: for a single fish your looking to pay about £2300 yes you read that correct lol. Hopefully if bred the price will lower like it has for other species.
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Post by carpguru on 22/12/2011, 18:21

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Post by MarcG on 22/12/2011, 18:32

Name: channa orientalis, ceylon snakehead

Location: south west sir lanka

Size: only 4 inchs in size so a small channa.

Temprement: not the most aggresive for tank mates id say no smaller than 3/4 in size.

Breeding: one of the easyier channas to breed they are mouthbrooders.

Parameters: weve reached our first tropical species! 24 to 28 deg c. Prefers softer water but can survive and also breed in diffrent. Try keep ph 6-7.5

Feeding- just like others insects worms, meaty foods etc

Setup: planted with cover is best. With it only being small a big tank is not needed.

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Post by MarcG on 22/12/2011, 18:32

Cheers biff its a nightmare having to write it on my phone lol
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Post by carpguru on 22/12/2011, 18:46

:YOUROCK: yo :good post: its worth it
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Post by MarcG on 22/12/2011, 18:51

Name: assam , lal cheng. Blue bleheri ( this is the fish I wanted but the order got messed up if you read the tank journal)

Size: approx 6 inch

Ill start by saying this is not. Proven to be a relitive to the bleheri at all which makes it difficult to know what your getting if you can not view it. Always ask for pic first. Common names are annoying.

Location: Northen west bengal.

Parameters: 18 to 24 deg c. Ph varies from 5.5-7

Tankmates: wouldnt keep anything with it smaller than hlaf its size. This is sub tropical remember so pick the right fish.

Temprement: can be quite aggresive if kept in a smaller tank were there constantly next to other fish.

Setup: as most species planted some cover gives confidence.

Breeding: these are also mouthbrooders and egg feeders. They make very good parents for there young. Start out with a small group to get a bonded pair.

This fish is still not knowing if it belongs to any family or is a duffrent species itself. Lovely fish

Since I have permission from a guy on snakeheadforum ill get some pics up tomorrow.









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Post by MarcG on 22/12/2011, 18:52

Thankyou biff glad you like it :bouncy:
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Post by carpguru on 22/12/2011, 18:53

yes i do very informative
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Post by MarcG on 22/12/2011, 18:58

Cheers biff. Been doing my reasearch again to make sure I have things right. The person thats gave me permisson has some of them but not all. But ill find others
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