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Rainbow Snakehead Large

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£44.99

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Common & Latin Name: Rainbow Snakehead (Channa Bleheri.)

Care level: Easy
Max Size: 20cm
Temp: 10-24°C
PH: 6.0 - 8.0
Approximate purchase size: 15cm+
Diet: Omnivore
Compatibility: Non-Community

The Rainbow Snakehead is a colourful predatory fish from India. This fish needs a spacious aquarium  with plenty of rocks, bogwood and other hiding places. Lighting should be subdued and this can easily be achieved by adding floating plants such as pistia or salvinia. Filtration should be efficient and capable of handling the bioload of a predator, but the flow should be kept moderate or slow as these fish don't appreciate a fast current. Snakeheads are expert jumpers, so it is essential that the aquarium has a tight fitting lid with a gap left between the surface of the water and the lid to allow the fish to take in atmospheric air, which is a necessity to snakeheads as they are obligate air breathers that must breathe atmospheric air from time to time. Without it, they will simply drown. Another unusual quirk of snakeheads is that they need to have proper seasons and the opportunity to hibernate. For this reason, they can actually be kept in a temperate aquarium for most of the year and so the natural cycle of the seasons will be replicated. This seems to be crucial to the long term health and vitality of these fish.

Despite being predators, they are actually a surprisingly peaceful fish. They can sometimes squabble with their own kind over territory, but a large aquarium with lots of visual barriers could reduce the aggression. They are however best kept in a species only set-up. If tank mates are added, they must be able to tolerate the fluctuations in temperature and colder seasons. It is also important to remember that if the tank mate fits in the mouth, it will get eaten.