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Channa bankanensis (Bangka Snakehead)

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A small snakehead with a pale body, a row of dark blotches along the midline of its flanks, and dark brown markings on its dorsal surface. There are no known differences between males and females.

Fish information (behaviour and breeding):

This species is relatively straightforward in its needs and a good species for aquarists looking to keep snakeheads for the first time.

An aquarium upwards of 180 litres is recommended. Water current should not be too turbulent, but the filter needs to be appropriate to a medium-sized carnivore with a good appetite. Water chemistry not critical, but soft, slightly acidic conditions reflect its natural habitat best. A canopy of floating plants and plenty of bogwood will create the right sort of shady environment this species likes.

As with other snakeheads, this species prefers live foods such as earthworms and river shrimps. Wet-frozen substitutes will be taken including prawns and tilapia fillet, the latter being thiaminase-free and therefore an excellent staple.

Gets along with fish of about equal size, but shouldn't be trusted with substantially smaller fish. Territorial and best kept as a single specimen or a mated pair.

Family Group: Snakeheads
Distribution Sumatra
Temperature 24-28 C
Size 15 cm
Water Parameters Adaptable, but avoid extremes
Water PH 6.0-7.5
Diet Special Needs
Sociability Peaceful
Schooling Fish No
Care Level Difficult
Water Chemistry Adaptable