Channa asiatica

Explanation of the symbols


Family : Channidae
Origin : South China, South East Asia
Length : 30 cm - 12"
Min. length aquarium : 200 cm - 80"
English name : Chinese Snakehead

You should not keep this predator together with smaller fish because they are eaten.  The aquarium should be large and you should leave a lot of free swimming space.

This fish only is satisfied with large, live food such as fish or shrimp.

Breeding is not difficult.  1500-3000 eggs are laid and fertilized and brought immediately to the water surface.  The male cares for the fry and keeps them together.  After 2 days the eggs hatch and after 5 days the yolk sack is digested and the young should be fed with baby brine shrimp.  After a week you can give them larger food.  You should give them enough, otherwise they eat each other.  After 2 months you should remove the young, or they will be eaten by their parents. 

Photo Credit

Peter-Jan Taheij

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