Dwarf Snakehead (Channa gachua)
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208 Litres (55 US G.)
15-28.8 cm (5.9-11.3")
6.0 - 7.0
22 -26 °C (71.6-78.8°F)
- Dwarf Snakehead, Brown Snakehead
Additional scientific names
- Ophicephalus gachua, Ophicephalus limbatus, Ophicephalus marginatus, Ophiocephalus gachua, Ophiocephalus guachua malaccensis
Origin[edit | edit source]
- Found in a range of different water from fast flowing hill streams to more stagnant water from Sri Lanka to the Mekong (Xe Bangfai and Nam Theun basins) and Bali, Indonesia.
Sexing[edit | edit source]
- Mature females will have a rounder belly and mature males have brighter colouration in the dorsal, anal and caudal fins.
Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]
- Any small tank mates will be seen as food for this fish so it is wise to keep the Dwarf Snakehead with other non-aggressive similar sized fish such as peaceful yet robust Cichlids.
Diet[edit | edit source]
- The Dwarf Snakehead readily accepts most live foods and frozen food including shrimp and fish.
Feeding regime[edit | edit source]
- Feed once or twice a day.
Environment specifics[edit | edit source]
- Does best in a mature tank with a secure lid as these fish can jump. Provide hiding places with dense planting and large pieces of bogwood and rocks.
Behaviour[edit | edit source]
- Will hunt and consume any fish smaller than itself, but is otherwise peaceful towards larger fish and even conspecifics.
Identification[edit | edit source]
- Typical Snakehead in shape. Elongated with long anal and dorsal fins with large head and mouth. The body is grey-brown in colour, the fins are translucent with hints of blue and yellow edging.
Pictures[edit | edit source]
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- Fishbase (Mirrors: )