Snakeheads

Channa spp. Family Channidae.

Distributio n Many Asiatic species from easi r^ Afghanistan to Southeast Asia: others from the White Nile to West Africa.

Description Shape: large, broad head with wide extendable mouth, anterior nostrils elongated into tubes The caudal peduncle slightly flattened. The pelvic are absent in certain species. Lateral line present. Sip? from 8 in (20cm) to over 3 ft 3i in (1 m), according [0 species Sexual differences: in certain species the females become very swollen when ripe Environment mostly warm waters, rich in vegetation Temperature 75-82 "F (24-28 3C). pH and water hardness: no special requirements. Illumination at d furnishings subdued lighting: thick vegetation w :i fairly robust plants. Plenty of cavities and plant cover Feeding Eat only fish.

Biology Behavior, young fish are in almost constant motion, always on the look-out for prey. They possess a supplementary breathing organ, which is capable of absorbing atmospheric air. Excellent jumpers, so cover the tank carefully. Reproduction: the eggs are cared i by the male. Social life: the young fish form loose schools, then tend toward cannibalism. Finally they ar strictly territorial Compatibility: to be kept only wit;, fishes larger than they are.

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