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PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2012 12:15 pm Post subject: Re: My Channaland - Barca pair pic 11th September Reply with quote

 Thank  you  for  the  kind  appreciation  Mullaji.
 
 I  feel  it  is  basic  courtesy  to  reply  to  everyone  acknowledging/appreciating  your  fish  or  work.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2012 4:11 pm Post subject: Re: Channa from India & Rest of the World- Article 12th Reply with quote

 Hi  Guys
 
 One  of  the  most  colourful,  popular,  preferred  &  widespread  Channas  in  the  hobby  world  over  is  Channa  bleheri  or  the  Rainbow  Snakehead.  Most  often  it  is  perceived  to  be  an  easy  beginner’s  Channa  to  keep  but  it  is  delicate  and  susceptible  especially  in  the  initial  stages  and  thus  sharing  this  article/experience  from  an  Indian  hobbyist  perspective  as  promised:
 
 Channa  bleheri  –  Some  “do’s”  to  enable  a  smooth  transition  into  your  home:
 
 1)  Set  up  a  tank  at  least  2  weeks  prior  to  the  arrival  of  the  fish.  
 2)  Ensure  that  the  fish  is  not  received  during  seriously  hot  summer  temperatures.  This  sub  tropical  Channa  is  not  as  hardy  as  its  closest  resemblance  mate  the  Channa  sp.  Lal  Cheng/Assam.  A  common  misconception  among  hobbyists  is  that  they  are  as  easy  as  the  beginner  Channa  species  like  Channa  gachua,  Channa  sp.  Lal  Cheng/Assam  or  even  Channa  stewartii.  These  are  much  more  intolerant  to  warmer  temperatures,  water  parameters  in  the  initial  stages  than  the  3  above  mentioned  species.
 3)  The  most  important  thing  to  keep  in  mind  is  that  this  species  is  super  sensitive  to  getting  skin  ruptures/red  patches/ulcers  upon  arrival  in  your  tank  hence  care  must  be  exercised  in  this  regard.   
 4)  The  fish  will  even  feed  with  the  skin  ruptures/red  patches/ulcers  but  will  eventually  perish.  One  cannot  always  accurately  ascertain  the  exact  stress  level  the  fish  has  undergone  right  from  the  collection  point  to  the  eventual  keeper  hence  I've  seen  a  lot  of  hobbyists  fail  with  this  species  due  to  the  fish  developing  these  skin  ruptures/red  patches/ulcers.  Thus,  the  remedy  I've  realized  is  to  receive  the  fish  in  very  old  tanned/brown  water  with  a  lot  of  leaf  litter.  
 5)  Make  sure  your  bleheri  tank’s  water  is  ‘old  and  seriously  tanned’.  You  can  either  use  any  water  from  your  existing  tanks  having  wood  in  it  plus  add  a  lot  of  Almond  or  Catappa  leaves  to  prepare  a  tank  for  them.  A  lot  of  new  wood  or  wood  releasing  tannins  at  a  brisk  pace  as  their  décor  to  add  to  the  brown  look  to  the  tank  in  addition  to  the  leaf  litter.  These  are  known  to  have  a  lot  of  leaf  litter  in  the  habitats  they  are  caught  in  their  native  state  Assam.  
 6)  Check  for  a  good  source  for  the  fish  and  get  them  in  with  a  quick  turnaround  time  from  their  source  to  your  tank.  These  have  started  appearing  more  often  in  LFSs  now  so  a  nice  way  to  tell  a  healthy  fish  from  a  stressed  one  is  to  pick  out  the  upright  finned  bully  who  is  chasing  or  dominating  the  others.  Again,  please  check  closely  for  even  the  slightest  of  skin  ruptures  or  minute  red  patches  as  I  call  it  ‘the  bleheri  bug’  which  is  very  difficult  to  reverse  in  the  initial  stages.  
 7)  Once  the  fish  is  released  in  your  tank,  do  not  at  any  stage  run  a  filter  let  it  be  even  a  sponge  one.  My  personal  experience  is  that  this  species  does  not  like  filtration  of  any  sort  especially  in  the  initial  stages.  The  point  here  is  that  we  are  trying  to  eliminate  the  vulnerability  mentioned  earlier  with  the  help  of  very  old  water  and  there  would  be  a  gradual  transition  to  get  the  fish  into  cleaner,  more  watch  able  tanks.  
 8  )  After  a  month  or  more  has  passed  and  bleheri  settled  showing  no  stress  without  any  patches  on  the  skin,  you  can  start  replacing  the  ‘brown’  water  slowly  with  clear  old  water.  Take  out  the  new  wood  &  excess  leaf  litter  and  add  plants  to  make  it  a  décor  much  more  watch  able.  You  can  slowly  attain  a  tank  less  ‘brown’  but  make  sure  you  do  not  have  it  very  clear.  
 9)  They  are  not  fussy  eaters  and  one  of  the  fastest  Channa  to  put  on  weight  and  get  fat  easily.  This  will  make  them  sluggish  and  reduce  their  lifespan  overall  so  avoid  feeding  fatty  foods  even  in  fewer  frequencies.  As  there  is  no  fixed  rule  to  perfect  ‘the  right  path’  for  them  in  this  regard,  check  for  the  body/fin  ratio  regularly  to  see  how  they  are  faring.  When  growing  out  a  juvenile  group,  generally  males  grow  bigger  and  faster  than  the  females.
 10)  Channa  bleheri  will  be  very  active  feeders  during  summer  and  the  opposite  during  winter  wherein  they  will  sometimes  not  eat  at  all  and  be  inactive.  This  is  their  natural  cycle  and  thus  a  balance  has  to  be  maintained.  Do  not  overfeed  during  summer  despite  the  great  levels  of  enthusiasm.  Feed  sub  adult  or  adult  fish  (4-7’’)  twice  or  thrice  a  week  but  good  portions  during  summer.  Hobbyists  keeping  them  in  mostly  tropical  climate  places  cannot  attain  their  native  habitat’s  winter  temperatures  regularly  hence  the  winter  feeding  should  be  halved  to  the  summer  schedule  or  ignored  completely  if  the  fish  refuses  to  eat.  
 
 
 
 
 
 And  thus,  your  bleheri  should  be  happy  and  blessed!   Smile  
 
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2012 5:14 pm Post subject: Re: Channa from India & Rest of the World- Article 12th Reply with quote

 Good  Info  Tabby...
 I'm  sure  this  thread  will  help  the  begginers  
 who  are  into  keeping  Channa  species...  Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2012 7:27 pm Post subject: Re: Channa from India & Rest of the World- Article 12th Reply with quote

 Thanks  for  the  update....  waiting  to  learn  more  about  these  awesome  group  of  fishes
 
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 Nice  info..  Thumb Up
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 you  have  a  huge  experience  with  these  guys,,though  most  of  the  times  you  are  abroad  them  also  Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2012 6:33 am Post subject: Re: Channa from India & Rest of the World- Article 12th Reply with quote

 Thanks  Chetesh,  Ravi,  Nandy  and  Mullaji.  
 
 
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2012 6:04 pm Post subject: Re: Channa from India & Rest of the World- Article 12th Reply with quote

 Check  out  this  update  guys...
 
 Presenting  a  Monster  Aurantimaculata  of  61  cm  (2  feet)  from  a  New  Catch  Location  that  I  received...
 
 This  should  be  the  record  breaker!
 
 
 
 
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2012 6:21 pm Post subject: Re: Channa from India & Rest of the World- 2 ft Auranti Reply with quote

 WOW!  Wish  I  had  the  space  to  accommodate  such  specimens
 
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 Thanks  guys.
 
 @  Ravi  -  Gradual  transition  bro,  work  on  it.  
 
 
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2012 11:53 am Post subject: Re: Channa from India & Rest of the World- 2 ft Auranti Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2012 3:01 pm Post subject: Re: Channa from India & Rest of the World- 2 ft Auranti Reply with quote

 Tabrez  -  You  bought  this  from  the  Aquatic  exhibition  ?
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2012 4:29 pm Post subject: Re: Channa from India & Rest of the World- 2 ft Auranti Reply with quote

 Thanks  guys.  
 
 @  Pio  -  No!  Fortunate  enough  to  have  collectors  in  the  North  East  supplying  the  rarest  &  best  Channa  to  me.  For  records  on  the  internet  this  is  the  first  time  AFAIK  a  Channa  aurantimaculata  this  size  has  been  shown.  You  may  have  seen  other  Channa  species  at  the  exhibition.   Smile  
 
 
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