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Channa bleheri (Rainbow Snakehead, Belher's Snakehead)

This species was discovered by Heiko Bleher during one of his expeditions to India in 1991. It has since become one of the most popular snakeheads and is now commercially bred and easily obtained.

It is a very colourful species, but variable, typically sporting some mixture of red, yellow, green, and blue on its body.


Fish information (behaviour and breeding):

Snakeheads can make excellent pets, being hardy, long-lived, outgoing, and easy to tame. All are predators though, so substantially smaller tankmates will be viewed as potential prey. But this species seems to feed primarily on invertebrates, particularly worms and insect larvae, and acclimates readily to aquarium conditions.

This species can be kept in community tanks with fish too large to swallow (rainbowfish, medium sized barbs, silver dollars, etc.). Its small adult size (typically around 13-16 cm) makes this species one of the best snakeheads for home aquaria and one of the few that can be bred relatively easily.

Family Group: Snakeheads
Distribution Brahmaputra River basin in India
Temperature 24-28 C
Size Up to 20 cm in the wild, smaller in aquaria
Water Parameters Adaptable, but avoid extremes
Water PH 6.0-8.0
Diet Special Needs
Sociability Peaceful
Schooling Fish No
Care Level Easy
Water Chemistry Adaptable

Shop stock

The latest shops to have this fish stocked in-store are listed below. Click on a shop name for full shop details, or click the link below the shops to view ALL shops that stock this fish.

Abacus Aquatics Kent DA15 8DJ View shop
Aquatic Design Centre London SW12 0PS View shop
Woodford Aquatics London E18 1EJ View shop
Wholesale Tropicals London E2 0AA View shop

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