ALL ABOUT THE GIANT AND INDIA GIANT SNAKEHEAD

wanderer

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Nice thread...! was searching about snakeheads, this thread is very informative.
and and also surprised to see Malabar Snakehead(Channa diplogramma) to be very popular here, its a very common fish in my area lives in ponds and rivers here, but catching one is very difficult because it never bites hooks.
 

TOOTHLESS

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Awesome Thread, However I do disagree with one thing, If you housed a baby channa micropletes in a 6 foot by 2 and a half foot by 2 and a half foot, tank It would be fine on its own, BUT ud have to make sure you prep in advance a BIGGER tank for when it's grown, If you can't make that solid commitment Then perhaps the micropletes isn't for you and a smaller species of snake head would be better, I have A bigger tank already empty which is in storage of 8 x 3.5 x 3.5 with a buck loaded lid with a thick poly carbonate window so no risk of smashing, Where as the current 185 gallon tank With a single 6 inch micropletes swimming about in it looks like a neon in a garden pond,...So yea they could be kept in one,.. AS LONG AS YOU COMMIT TO A BIGGER TANK WHEN THEY NEED IT, So best to prep well in advance as they grow super quick.
 

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A video of a juvenile red snakehead:
[video=youtube;icVpItAow8w]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icVpItAow8w[/video]
 

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Happy to see this thread expanding the way that it has. Now look at the size of those teeth.

 

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my friends snakehead hasnt been eatting the goldfish he has been feeding him
How big is it and how long has he had it? Any pictures of the fish and tank?
 

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Sharing an old article from the year 2006. This article speaks of the terror of Giant Snakeheads in the lake of Malaysia's National Zoo:

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Attack of the ‘Toman’

KUALA LUMPUR: Prized birds at Zoo Negara have been falling prey to an unlikely predator in its lake – the ikan toman (giant snakehead fish).

Zoo Negara Reptile House and Veterinary Department supervisor Jamsari Mohamad said the fish, considered the dominant species in the lake, were becoming increasingly unmanageable and were endangering the bird population in the zoo.

He said the fish attacked in the morning and afternoon, with the birds sustaining injuries in the feet and neck, while some had also been reported dead.


‘THIS BIG’: Jamsari says the giant snakehead fish is a danger to the birds at Zoo Negara

“We used to have mandarin ducks some years ago but they are all gone now,” he pointed out.

“The fish have been living in the lake for as long as the lake has been there, and it is difficult to estimate their number.''

It was only three years ago that the zoo authorities found out that the ikan toman had been attacking the birds.

According to Jamsari, the zoo staff now net the ikan toman every two or three months to control the population, but the fish reproduce very quickly.


MEAL TIME: A worker feeding birds at the Zoo Negara lake recently. It is believed that very little food is left for the birds as the giant snakehead fish will gobble up everything first.

“It is also risky to try draining the lake to catch them as this will endanger the other fish species,” he added.

He said zoo keepers fed the birds – which include painted storks, white swans, pink black pelicans, little green herons, black-crowned herons, black-headed ibises, Egyptian geese and black swans – with 60kg of ikan kembung (black mackerel) twice daily.

“But it is believed that only about 10kg of the food is left each time for the 300 plus birds as the giant snakehead fish will gobble up everything before they can start eating,” he added.

He said an aquarium was under construction at the zoo and the fish would be one of the main attractions once it opens around the middle of the year.

“We have been keeping the fish caught in the lake for the aquarium for one year now and have more than 10 fish in our collection,” he noted.

Jamsari said the zoo had also been organising annual fishing competitions since 2004 to reduce the lake's ikan toman population.

This year, the competition will be held from 8am to 2pm on April 2.

It is limited to 300 participants.

The registration fee is RM70.

Those interested can call 03-4108 3422/7/8, or Zariatul Zita (012-926 3508), Junaidi (019-371 2195), Ahmad (012-351 9589) or Mazrul (013-623 6319).

Source:
http://crazyfisherman.blogspot.com/2006_03_01_archive.html?m=1
 

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Now let's check out some monster Giant Snakeheads!





























Fun photo. Imagine a Giant Snakehead this big. So says the legend. For me that would be a dream come true.
 

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HUGE!

 
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