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Channa pardalis (Meghalaya Leopard Snakehead, Channa sp.)
A magnificent-looking specimen- a Snakehead discovered around the foothills of the Himalaya.
They are finely spotted with dark red dots on a turquoise body, with a rather tall dorsal fin also light blue to turquoise in color with a white edging.
Not widely traded. Apart from a few specimens already exported to Japan, Tom Halvorsen Ltd bought some of the first specimens into the UK.
Fish information (behaviour and breeding):
Presumably similar to Channa stewarti. Such fish inhabit both still and flowing water habitats, and sometimes occurs in slightly brackish water environments as well.
This species has unsurprisingly proven to be very hardy and adaptable in captivity, and its small size and relatively tolerant personality has made it a favourite species among fishkeepers.
Like all snakeheads it is a territorial predator, but it will not molest fast-moving or armoured fish more than two-thirds its own size, and can consequently be kept successfully alongside large barbs and characins, kissing gouramis, clown loaches, plecs and so on.
Prefers chunky live foods such as earthworms and river shrimps, but can be weaned onto wet-frozen and fresh alternatives including tilapia fillet, prawns and squid.
|Size||Around 25 cm|
|Water Parameters||Adaptable, but avoid extremes|
|Water Chemistry||More than pH 7 - Alkaline|
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Other fish added to TFF recently:
Other fish added to TFF/TF2YD recently can be viewed below.
|Scientific Name||Common Name|
|Astronotus ocellatus 'leopard'||Leopard Oscar|
|Hemibagrus wyckioides - albino||Albino Asian Redtailed Catfish|
|Trigonostigma truncata||Truncata Rasbora|
|Trigonostigma somphongsi||Siamese Dwarf Rasbora|