CHANNA SPECIES GUIDE : UPDATE IN PROGRESSION

plausible

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see puncata for full detail






Species name: sp fluro green

Common name: none

Family: Channidae suspected varient of channa punctata

Maximum size: 35 cm / 14 inches

Origin:

Temperament: Predatory

Company: should not be kept with fish smaller than 2/3 of the species size.

Water parameters: Temperature 22-28˚C / 72-82˚F; pH 6-7.5

Feeding: will accept all live food and often frozen food.


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Species name: Parachanna obscura

Common name: African Snakehead

Family: Channidae

Maximum size: 35 cm / 14 inches

Origin: White Nile, Lake Chad basin, Zaire

Temperament: Predatory

Company: Parachanna obscura should not be kept with fish smaller than 2/3 of the species size.

Water parameters: Temperature 22-28˚C / 72-82˚F; pH 6-7.5

Feeding: Parachanna obscura will accept all live food and often frozen food.

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Species name: Channa harcourtbutleri

Maximum size: 16 cm / 6 inches

Origin: Channa harcourtbutleri is found in Yawnghwe and nearby areas of Myanmar

Temperament: Aggressive

Company: Channa harcourtbutleri Should not be ekpt with species smaller then themselves.

Water parameters: Temperature 22-28˚C / 72-82˚ F; pH 6-8.5

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Species name: Channa maculata

Common name: Blotched Snakehead

Maximum size: 33 cm / 13 inches

Origin: Southern China, Northern Vietnam

Temperament: Predatory

Company: Channa maculata should not be kept with any channa species smaller than themselves.

Water parameters: Temperature 22-28˚C / 72-82˚ F; pH 6-7.5

Identification: Channa maculata have simillar markings to those on the northern snakeheads (c.argus) lined up irregular spots on the sides to the top of the body.

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channa plausible
one of a kind channa species .channa plausible ,plausible 2007
can survive out of water for a very long time.it spends most of its time(almost all)on land and not in water
channa plausible's diets consist of :steak,rice,vegs and.
care level:Very easy!
how to care for c.plausible:c.plausible is very special you do not have to feed it on your own! c.plausible will provide himself with meals 3 to 4 times a day .daily all you need to do is to put us$5000 worth of money beside him and it will take care of its meals for a month!(note'c.plausible does not eat pellets and feeders!.there have been reports of c.plausible stuffing feeders and pellets into fishkeepers mouth)
temperment:very friendly,agressive when he is hungry:ROFL:

LOL!!!

hope everyone get a good laugh after reading this:D :ROFL: :ROFL: :ROFL: :ROFL: :ROFL: :ROFL:
 

tropheus

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NOTE UPDATE TO INCLUDE PICTURES BY PASCAL
DESCPIPTION BY PLAUSABLE
Species name: Channa lucius

Common name: Splendid Snakehead,Marbled Snakehead

Maximum size: 40 cm / 16 inches

Origin: Channa lucius (Splendid Snakehead) is found in rivers inf southeastern Sumatra and the Kapuas basin of western Kalimantan

Temperament: Aggressive

Company: Channa lucius (Splendid Snakehead) should not be kept in aquariums smaller than 2/3 of the species size.

Water parameters: Temperature 24-29 c indicating a sub-tropical to tropical species ; pH 5.5-6

Feeding: Channa lucius (Splendid Snakehead) will accept most meaty food.

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tropheus

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Species name: Channa sp. five stripe

Common name: kerala , five stripe , marble snakehead

Maximum size: around 25cm

Origin: Southern: northern West Bengal


introductions : not yet known


Temperament: agressive toward own species even after pairing up it is not unheard of for one of the pair to kill the other, should not be housed in anything less than a four foot tank as a group



Company: best kept in a species tank , do not mix with tropicals as these are sub-tropical fish and will not fair well, they also do not mix well with others , if fish are found that they tolerate then useally they will hide all the time.

Water parameters: Temperature 20-23 c ; pH avoid extreams but another species that looks and acts its best in softer water , as stated sub-tropical so does need a winter cooling period , can be kept at ambiant room tempreture in most modern households

Identification: marble grey with five distinct stripes down the side of the fish however i have one with 4 stripe and it is know for one with 6 stripe , males tend to show blue in there anal fins , in breeding dress they compleatly change there colour and become near black and white.


breeding : as with all other let a pair form from a group , when the pair is formed quick acttion will be needed to split up the other fish as they often kill there tankmates overnight after pairig , everything else is fairly straight forward , but again watch when spawning is compleate as aggresions again raise and often can result in one of the pair being killed , mouthbrooder and fry again should be fed on newly hatched brine shrimp



other notes: watch this fish when transfering from tank to bag or vice versa , they are true escape artists , more so than any other member of the family , this fish can jump out of a bag with only a couple of inches of water in , they can also climb up nets .


a rare find in the trade , and have started to comand a high price , £50 for a juvinile fish is not unheard of , this makes a group an expensive buy , but remains the only good way to keep these guys.


once again the assumed name of sp kerela five stripe is mis-leading , as this fish was never found in kerela state . it is said it was given this name to put other collectors off the sent ,who where also looking for new verieties to export for the trade.

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tropheus

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updated 11th december 08 to update information

Species name: Channa pulchra

Common name: burmese snakehead

Maximum size: around 20-25cm

Origin: Southern: Irrawaddy and Sitang River basins Myanmar

please note map shows ornatipinis but pulchra is found in the same area


introductions: none as yet!!

Temperament: fairly aggresive , will not tolerate members of itsown kind in small spaces , although a dwarf species req,s a largewell structured tank to house a group

Company: best kept in a species tank , do not mix with tropicalsas these are sub-tropical fish and will not fair well , giventhe correct aquarium setting these can be a nice 1st snakehead , theybecome more aggresive the less the space provided for them is.


Water parameters: Temperature 18-25 c ; pH avoid extreams,slighly softer water , although these guys can stand higher levels oftemp for periods of time they sould not be kept year round at theesetemps. there behavior is directly affected by tempreture , and veryhigh temps are thought to be stressfull

Identification: similar to ornatipinis but have much smallerless prominent black spots on head , useally shows 1 2 or 3 black spotsin dorsal fin

tank set-up: an important consideration for theese guys , eventhough they are considered as a dwarf species , please aquascape as ifthey where at least a medium sized snakehead , they can be aggresiveamoung each other and need there own terratories , where they are found theriver bed is made up of volcanic rock (red lava) use of theese andplants can make a realistic biotope setting. temp should besub-tropical with a lower safe guard set at around 16deg ambient tempsshould take care of the higher temps , high temps in there natural range peak just into the lower tropical range

as with ornatipinis they inhabit a stream that is fed from the hiymalayamountains , in the wet season it is very wet with snow melt from themountain causing fast flowing waters high oxogen content and higher phvalues, in the drt season the opostite happens , streams dry up snowstops melting , so the stream turns into a series of isolated pools ,in theese pools the oxogen content slowly drops as does ph and waterlevel , in the aquarium this can be replicated by installing a sio,tunze ect powerhead at the surface during winter months , when summercomes round we can drop the level of the water ,turn off the pumps atthe surface and add hardwood leaves to soften the water , by mimicingnature in this way we stand the best chance of getting these wonderfullfish to breed in aquaria , and also ensure they are at there happiest

other notes: now fairly easy to obtain and many people havehad sucsess breeding in the aquarium, this has pushed prices down andthis fish is now available from around £6-8 for a juvinile and around£15-20 for an adult. compared to around £50 each just a year ago. thisis great news for the species and great news for the trade. with asnakehead ban accross the whole of europe still on the agenda this typeof breeding sucsess will ensure pulchra is here to stay




breeding: start out with small group , grow them up together ,at some point aggresion levels will rise dramaticly and you shouldnotice two of the fish pairing off together , swiming round each otherect. when you see this and you are certain that you know which to arethe pair ,move other fish out of tank. spawning should follow fairlysoon afterwards, eggs are put into a float ,any stray eggs arecollected by parents in the mouth and expelled through the gills in thesame location as the main float. eggs are gaurded by parents , and somefeeder eggs have been whitnessed but once fry are free swimming theyare happy to take new born brineshrimp.

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