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PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2012 4:49 pm Post subject: Re: My Channa from India & Rest of the World 14th Aug Pi Reply with quote

 Hi  guys
 
 Sharing  a  quick  article/experience  on  Channa  sp.  True  Blue.  A  lot  of  hobbyists  end  up  buying  this  beautiful  cold  water  Channa  but  most  end  up  killing  it  as  they  do  not  know  its  requirements  and  the  data  available  on  the  internet  is  either  too  'theoretical'  or  written  by  foreign  hobbyists  not  making  it  apt  for  the  mostly  tropical  climate  Indian  keeper.
 
 Channa  sp.  True  Blue  -  Some  tips  to  acclimatize/survive  and  keep  this  coldwater  Channa  in  tropical  temperatures:
 
 1)  Make  sure  the  fish  arrives  usually  during  a  cooler  period,  monsoons,  winters  and  during  the  evening/night  times.
 2)  You  cannot  keep  more  than  1  specimen  per  tank/area  as  they  will  only  tolerate  each  other  if  the  water  temperature  is  cool  hence  even  a  2  foot  tank  for  a  single  specimen  is  enough.  Water  level  need  not  be  too  high,  even  12’’  is  enough  as  they  come  from  hill  streams  where  the  water  level  most  times  of  the  year  is  not  above  knee  level.  
 3)  I  have  found  True  Blues  like  a  lot  of  rocks  and  stones  as  their  tank  décor  with  the  odd  plant  reaching  the  surface  to  give  them  surface  cover  and  making  them  feel  at  home.  I  do  not  use  floating  plants  for  true  blues  but  use  plants  which  reach  the  surface  and  cover  it  partially.  You  will  need  to  add  earthen  pots  and  terracotta  tiles  at  a  few  places  to  enable  the  to  fish  lurk  around  there  during  the  warmer  times  of  the  day.  The  initial  period  is  very  susceptible  wherein  the  fish  might  find  the  temperature  too  hot  from  its  original  habitat.
 4)  The  transfer  into  the  tank  is  a  careful  process  where  the  bag  needs  to  floated  atleast  for  an  hour  before  release  in  their  new  tank.  Make  sure  at  no  point  does  the  fish  come  out  of  water  and  the  bag  with  water  slowly  slided,  tank  water  mixed  and  the  fish  swims  out.  Do  not  turn  the  light  on  at  any  stage  and  leave  the  fish  alone  to  fend  for  itself.  
 5)  You  can  start  spending  more  time  in  front  of  the  tank  so  that  the  fish  starts  recognizing  you  the  next  day.  Do  not  feed  the  fish  until  it  is  fully  relaxed  in  the  tank.  I  start  feeding  my  true  blues  a  week  after  their  arrival  as  I  feel  incorrect  feeding  kills  them  as  they  are  supposedly  coldwater/subtropical  Channa  and  their  body  metabolic  rate  generally  low.  
 6)  Start  feeding  the  fish  after  the  fish  is  completely  relaxed  fins  upright  and  swimming  around  with  curiosity.  I  prefer  to  feed  dry  shrimp.  NOTE-  Please  do  not  change  their  diet  drastically  as  they  don’t  react  well  to  change  in  diet  and  suffer  from  indigestion  or  some  problem  which  suddenly  can  make  them  inactive.  This  can  be  due  to  their  natural  systems  used  to  survive  in  hill  streams.
 7)  Even  though  you  are  keeping  the  fish  in  a  tropical  city  make  sure  the  tank  is  at  the  coldest  area  in  your  house.  I  keep  my  true  blues  in  the  bottom  most  tanks  if  possible  because  of  the  lower  temperature.  Any  exposure  to  sunlight  during  the  day  is  not  a  good  idea  for  a  true  blue  tank.
 8  )  Your  fish  would  have  gotten  acclimatized  over  winter  and  would  be  in  a  much  better  position  to  take  on  the  summers.  This  period  can  be  handled  by  using  some  more  terracotta  tiles.  I  have  found  them  to  drop  the  temperature  atleast  by  2-3  degrees  centigrade.  You  can  keep  one  big  earthen  pot  within  the  tank  wherein  that  area  is  cool  and  the  fish  can  go  inside  and  keep  itself  cool  during  the  harsh  heat  of  the  day.
 9)  Do  not  feed  the  fish  more  than  twice  a  week  of  very  little  portions  during  summers  if  it  is  a  sub  adult  or  bigger  specimen  and  thrice  a  week  of  very  little  portions  during  other  times  of  the  year.
 10)  And  thus,  you  should  be  able  to  improve  your  chances  to  keep  this  beautiful  Native  Indian  coldwater  Channa  happily.  
 
 Tanks  in  air  conditioned  rooms  would  be  convenient  although  the  fish  needs  intensive  care  and  is  a  Channa  for  the  advanced  keeper.  
 
 
 
 Cheers,
 Tabby


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2012 5:38 pm Post subject: Re: Channa from India & Rest of the World, 2nd Sept Arti Reply with quote

 Thanks  for  the  information  Tabrez.  Would  be  very  helpful  for  fish  keepers  interested  in  this  beautiful  fish.
 
 Could  you  provide  numbers  in  terms  of  temperature.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2012 5:58 pm Post subject: Re: Channa from India & Rest of the World, 2nd Sept Arti Reply with quote

 Hey  Tabbey,  good  going  and  nice  info  on  them..  channa  lovers  would  definitely  benefit  from  your  observation..  Thumb Up
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2012 8:10 pm Post subject: Re: Channa from India & Rest of the World, 2nd Sept Arti Reply with quote

 Tabrez,
 
 Lovely  article.  Informative  Thumb Up  
 
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2012 10:00 am Post subject: Re: Channa from India & Rest of the World, 2nd Sept Arti Reply with quote

 Thanks  Deepak,  Nidhi  and  Nayak.  
 
 @  Deepak  -  Ideal  Temperature  is  15°-22°C  but  with  our  largely  tropical  climate  cities  this  is  difficult  to  maintain  naturally  hence  the  above  article  and  gradual  transition  to  make  them  acclimatized  to  tolerate  temperatures  of  22-28°  C  on  a  regular  basis.  IMO,  stress  is  the  number  one  factor  killing  this  species  and  if  these  wild  fish  are  tactfully  bought  in  during  cold  periods  and  gradually  made  to  feel  at  home  doing  similar  to  my  observations,  then  I  have  seen  them  take  short  warm  periods  of  30-32°  C  without  any  major  issue.  
 
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2012 11:11 am Post subject: Re: Channa from India & Rest of the World, 2nd Sept Arti Reply with quote

 Insightful  write  up.  Thanks  for  taking  the  effort  of  writing  and  sharing  it  Tabby.  Oh  and  a  beautiful  specimen  as  well.  looks  healthy  and  happy.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2012 2:45 pm Post subject: Re: Channa from India & Rest of the World, 2nd Sept Arti Reply with quote

 Nice  write  up  ...  Your  love  and  dedication  towards  Channa  is  awesome..
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2012 5:15 pm Post subject: Re: Channa from India & Rest of the World, 2nd Sept Arti Reply with quote

 fantastic  collection  man,  thats  quite  a  dedication  Rock On
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 2:17 pm Post subject: Re: Channa from India & Rest of the World, 2nd Sept Arti Reply with quote

 Thanks  for  the  kind  appreciation  Sid,  Cichlidsphere  and  Syed.
 
 I  intend  to  do  write  ups  on  each  an  every  Channa  looking  at  it  from  a  practical  Indian  hobbyist  perspective.  I  feel  the  data  available  on  the  internet  is  a  bit  unapplicable,  ambiguous  or  not  a  step  by  step  approach  type.  
 
 Coming  up  next  are  write  ups  on  the  popular  Channa  bleheri  and  the  King  of  Channa-  Channa  barca.   Smile  
 
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 2:36 pm Post subject: Re: Channa from India & Rest of the World, 2nd Sept Arti Reply with quote

 Very  useful  read.  Looking  forward  to  the  others   Thumb Up
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 5:19 pm Post subject: Re: Channa from India & Rest of the World, 2nd Sept Arti Reply with quote

 Very  informative   Thumb Up  and  awesome  collections
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 9:38 am Post subject: Re: My Channaland - Barca pair pic 11th September Reply with quote

 Hi  guys
 
 Some  exciting  news  from  my  Channaland,  I  arrived  in  Bangalore  last  week  and  brought  two  potential  barca  out  of  my  collection  together  to  form  a  pair.  They  have  been  getting  on  very  well  and  are  peaceful  overall  at  the  moment.   Very Happy  
 
 
 
 And  thanks  for  the  appreciation  Ravabi  and  Prabu.
 
 Enjoy!
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 Welcome  back  home!  All  the  very  best  in  your  efforts.
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 Thanks  Prem.  Let  us  see  how  the  young  pair  goes  from  here.   Smile  
 
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 Tabrez  bhai  you  have  12  chann  barca   Rock On   Rock On  
 
 the  best  thing  of  you  apart  from  your  channa  is  that  you  always  remember  to  reply  peoples  who  post  in  your  threat  that  makes  u  true"Gentleman".
 always  love  your  FISH  n  ya  what  nayak  said  its  true  that  u  are  a  "channa  man"   .
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