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African Snakehead Parachanna obscura
Category: Predatory - Snakeheads
Price: £32.95 each
Discount: No discounts available
Stock: 1 in stock
Water Chemistry: Adaptable
Care Level: Expert only
Schooling Fish: No
Diet: Special Needs
Needs plenty of food at this smaller size.
Further information can be found below:
|Male or Female||Cannot be sexed|
|Water conditions:||These fish are currently kept in water Ph 0 and Neutral|
|Volume Discount:||No discounts available|
Parachanna obscura (African Snakehead)
Juveniles are strikingly marked, being light brown with sharply defined dark brown blotches across their flanks. As they mature their colours become more subdued, but adults are still quite attractive, if sombre-looking, fish. There is no known sexual dimorphism.
Fish information (behaviour and breeding):
A large but impressive snakehead for the advanced aquarist. Not difficult to keep, but its large size, predacious habits and territorial personality mean that it is normally kept alone in an aquarium at least 500 litres in size. Might be kept with armoured catfish that are larger than it is, but like other snakeheads tends to be intolerant of its own kind and can be snappy towards its tankmates if it is feeling crowded.
In the wild juveniles primarily on insects and small fish; adults become more or less entirely piscivorous. Weaning them onto non-live foods can be difficult. Earthworms, crickets, gut-loaded river shrimp and mealworms make useful staples. Once settled, they may be trained to take fillets of white fish and seafood, but this shouldn't be taken for granted. The use of long forceps for wiggling tilapia fillet or lancefish enticingly would be helpful.
Note the large size of the adults. These are food fish with an adult weight around 1 kg. Needless to say the aquarium will be need to be very large and equipped with an extremely robust filter rated at not less than 8 times the volume of the tank in turnover per hour. These fish eat a lot of food, making the use of even home-bred feeder fish prohibitively expensive.
Further fish details are shown below:
|Distribution||West and Central Africa|
|Size||Up to 50 cm|
|Water Parameters||Adaptable, but avoid extremes|