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Channa melasoma (Black Snakehead)

This beautiful and small snakehead (referred to as Haruan Palas locally) lives in heavily wooded and mostly still water ponds. Despite being called a Black Snakehead, it’s colour can vary, ranging from dark brown or dark green to an almost black. Some specimens possess a series of darker bars around the upper flanks.

Channa, commonly known as Snakeheads, are primitive predatory fish and members of the family Channidae. They are a group of perciform (perch-like) fishes.

Snakeheads are elegant, alert, clever, restful and powerful fish. They have stacks of personality and it is their communication with conspecifics, their hunting skills and breeding behaviour giving them a great list of reasons of why this is such an interesting fish to keep.

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Buy this fish online today from Wildwoods:
Fish Sex: Cant be sexed, Size: 12-14cm, Price: £100.00 View shop

Fish information (behaviour and breeding):

Channa melasoma is predatory and reportedly intolerant to conspecifics and other fish in general. Best kept either alone or as a couple, although finding a compatible couple may be a challenge in itself, as is with most snakeheads.

Like most smaller Channa species it prefers a dimly-lit aquarium with a lot of of live plant coverage, driftwood branches and plant pots (as examples). It is best to arrange them to form a network of hiding spaces and shaded spots.

Surface vegetation is loved by the snakehead and and makes the fish less inclined to conceal themselves, making for better viewing.

It’s essential to use a tightly-fitting cover since Channas are notorious escape artists. Remember a gap should be left between this and the water surface because they require access to a layer of humid air.

Of course this is a carnivorous species. All kind of living fishfood is accepted like artemia, bloodworm, mosquito larvae, shrimps, insects, snails, mussels, earthworm and strips of fish. Frozen and dried pallets are accepted should never form the staple diet. Young fish can be offered chironomid larvae (bloodworm), small earthworms, chopped prawn and suchlike while adults will accept strips of fish flesh, whole prawns/shrimp, mussels, live river shrimp, larger earthworms, etc.

This species shouldn’t be fed mammalian or avian meat like beef heart or chicken. This is because some of the lipids they possess can’t be properly metabolised by the fish, potentially causing excess fat deposits and even organ degeneration.

Family Group: Snakeheads
Distribution Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore
Temperature 22-32C
Size 30cm
Water Parameters Soft and acidic proffered but adaptable.
Water PH 4.0-6.0
Schooling Fish No
Water Chemistry less than pH 7 - acidic
Care Level Difficult
Sociability Aggressive
Water Chemistry Adaptable
Diet Special Needs

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