Channa: Greek, channe, -es = an anchovy
Channa micropeltes are often sold as juveniles around three inches in length when they have their striking red lateral band colour. either the three inches or striking colour last for very long and you are left with a large dull fish.
Channa micropeltes mainly feeds on other fish. Large aquatic inverts are also taken.
Channa micropeltes isn't really compatible with many other species because it is capable of eating fish almost as large as itself. This species is also quite aggressive especially at feeding time.
Although giant snakeheads have bred in captivity no details are presently available.
The ICUN Red List have this fish in the "least concern" category. Channa micropeltes is very widespread and although it may face some threat locally this won't affect the overall picture. Channa micropeltes is also cultivated as a food fish in some parts of the world.
Giant snakeheads are capable of travelling over land from one pool to another. They mostly travel on land when it is raining and at night time.
pH: 6 - 8
dGH: 4 - 20
Temperature: 25 - 28°C (77 - 82°F)
Size: 130 cm (52in)
Min tank size: Public aquaria.
Difficulty level: Easy.
Aquarium type: Community
Swimming level: All levels.
Origin: Asia: Mekong and Chao Phraya basins
Habitat: Occurs in lowland river and swamps
Species: C. micropeltes, (Cuvier, 1831)
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