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Channa aurantimaculata (Golden Cobra Snakehead, Orangespotted Snakehead)
One of the most beautiful snakeheads traded, this newly discovered species is basically brown-black on the dorsal surface and golden yellow to orange on the flanks and whitish underneath. Numerous black spots are scattered on the head and flanks. Relatively slender compared with other snakeheads. Unpaired fins are dark grey with orange spots.
Fish information (behaviour and breeding):
An intolerant, predatory fish really only suitable for use in a single species aquarium. Sometimes available in matched pairs, but otherwise notably intolerant of its own species as well as other fish.
A carnivore, this species needs robust foods such as river shrimp and earthworms upon import. Once settled, it will take chunky seafood including prawns, mussels, squid etc. Can also be trained to take whitebait and lancefish. Take care not to overfeed.
Prefers slightly cooler than normal aquarium conditions. Although an air breather, this species still depends upon good water quality to stay healthy and look its best.
Not much known about its breeding behaviour, but possibly a mouthbrooder.
|Distribution||South Asia: endemic to India|
|Size||Up to 40 cm, though often smaller|
|Water Parameters||Adaptable, but avoid extremes|
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.
Other fish added to TFF recently:
Other fish added to TFF/TF2YD recently can be viewed below.
|Scientific Name||Common Name|
|Trigonostigma somphongsi||Siamese Dwarf Rasbora|
|Channa melasoma||Black Snakehead|
|Moenkhausia copei||Tetra Copei|