Channa pleurophthalma

Explanation of the symbols


Family : Channidae
Origin : Indonesia
Length : 40 cm - 16"
Min. length aquarium : 300 cm - 120"
English name : Eyespot snakehead,Ocellated Snakehead
Predatory fish that can not be kept together with small fishes because they think it is food.  The aquarium should be very large.  The aquarium should be set up with driftwood and roots to create hiding places.  Some hard plants can be used for decoration as well.  In the middle you should leave a lot of free swimming space.  Because they are very good jumpers you cover the aquarium very well.  A part of the water surface should be free because they breath atmospheric air.  They eat a lot so they pollute the water very quick.  So you need a powerful filter and a regular changing of the water.

You should five them large live food such as fish, shrimp and insects.  Frozen and dry food is accepted as well.

About breeding in the aquarium not much is known.


Photo Credit

Jan Bukkems

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