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PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 2010 9:57 am Post subject: Channa...which one? Reply with quote

 Hi  Guys
 Its  been  quite  awhile  since  I  last  started  a  thread  Smile  
 Have  been  thinking  about  keeping  snakeheads  for  sometime  now,  I  think  I'll  go  with  bleheri...would  require  some  inputs  with  regard  to  tank  size  and  native  companions  (if  possible)
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 2010 10:07 am Post subject: Re: Channa...which one? Reply with quote

 Channas  are  best  kept  in  a  species  only  tanks...
 
 Tank  mates  can  be  added  which  wont  fit  into  their  mouth...Like  large  Barbs...But  they  will  still  try  to  take  a  bite  out  given  a  chance!....
 
 IMO  A  3  footer  would  suffice  if  you  are  going  to  keep  a  single  C.bleheri
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 2010 10:45 am Post subject: Re: Channa...which one? Reply with quote

 Thanks,  Vyas...I  have  an  empty  3'  which  I  will  use  for  a  single  specimen  or  will  a  4'  hold  a  pair?
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 2010 11:06 am Post subject: Re: Channa...which one? Reply with quote

 Hi  lawrence,  
 
 do  not  go  for  a  pair,  if  you  plan  to  keep  other  fish  with  them.  Most  Channas  are  somewhat  relaxed  with  other  fish,  but  once  a  pair  forms,  hell  breaks  lose.  
 
 A  single  specimen  should  be  fine  though,  even  though  you  would  have  much  more  fun  with  a  species  only  tank  and  a  number  of  these  guys.  Especially  their  breeding  behaviour  is  without  comparison
 
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 2010 11:19 am Post subject: Re: Channa...which one? Reply with quote

 Thanks  for  the  input...are  you  suggesting  that  I  keep  a  small  group  in  a  4'  cause  that  would  be  great  if  possible  since  am  not  a  big  fan  of  keeping  a  single  fish  Smile  if  that  be  the  case  then  I  would  prefer  to  have  a  bunch  of  these  guys  instead  of  risking  other  native  lives  Very Happy  
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 2010 11:28 am Post subject: Re: Channa...which one? Reply with quote

 You  could  keep  most  of  the  dwarf  Channas  in  small  groups  as  long  as  you  have  enough  cover.  A  3  footer  with  lots  of  driftwood  can  support  4  Channa  bleheri  or  Channa  sp.  Assam.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 2010 11:39 am Post subject: Re: Channa...which one? Reply with quote

 Thanks,  Beta...thats  all  the  info  I  need  at  the  moment  Chuckle  
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 2010 1:44 pm Post subject: Re: Channa...which one? Reply with quote

 One  more  info  Lawrence.
 You  can  get  Channa  sp.  Assam  from  shankar.
 Saw  few  breeding  pairs  with  him,  with  male  holding.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 2010 2:23 pm Post subject: Re: Channa...which one? Reply with quote

 Thanks  for  the  info,  Krishna...will  speak  to  Shankar
 
 I  was  doing  some  reading  and  found  this  http://www.aquaticquotient.com/forum/showthread.php?t=56156  may  have  been  refered  by  someone  else  already  but,  I  don't  remember  seeing  it  before
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 2010 11:51 pm Post subject: Re: Channa...which one? Reply with quote

 Go  in  for  a  bunch  of  Channa  sp  Assam  juvies  in  a  3  footer..   they  are  cute!  And  ask  Vyas  for  advice  on  keeping  them..  I  saw  his  unintentionally  kept  set  up  for  sp.  Assam  juveniles  the  last  time  when  I  was  in  Bangalore  and  I  thought  it  was  apt  for  them!   Thumb Up
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 17, 2010 11:39 am Post subject: Re: Channa...which one? Reply with quote

 What  i  observed  while  keeping  channas  is  that  they  wont  attack  a  fish  unless  and  until  they  feel  threatened  that  their  territory  will  be  occupied  by  the  other  fish.
 I  currently  have  about  6  guppies  in  a  2ftr  with  a  channa  assam  sp,  these  were  meant  to  be  feeders  but  turned  out  to  be  tank  mates,  for  the  assam,  but  be  cautious  if  you  do  add  tank  mates   cause  the  behaviour  of  channa's  is  unpredictable,  especially  when  it  comes  to  taking  out  a  bite  of  its  tank  mates.
 Vyas  should  be  able  to  give  you  more  info  about  the  assam,  cause  when  he  had  them'  it  was  raining  assam's   all  over  Blore
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 17, 2010 1:10 pm Post subject: Re: Channa...which one? Reply with quote

 I  have  kept  the  C.gachua,  C.bleheri,  sp  Assam,  and  sp  turquoise  in  small  groups  with  barbs...with  the  occassional  one  dissapearing.
 
 Aggression  towards  conspecifics  have  always  been  a  concern...with  the  population  slowly  diminishing  over  an  extended  period  of  time.  territorial  aggression/  Pairing...could  be  the  reasons
 
 the  sp  assam  IMO  has  been  the  most  docile...but  when  I  raised  juveniles  ,  I  would  constantly  see  the  weaker  ones  being  exterminated  and  signs  of  agression  with  the  larger  ones...Lovely  fish  to  keep  and  highly  recommended
 
 If  i  were  to  keep  3-4  in  the  same  tank...for  any  channa  sp,  i  would  have  a  very  close  tab  on  them.  
 
 Currently  I  have  only  the  C.aurantimaculata  and  the  C.barca...Individually  in  seperate  tanks
 
 Tip  to  keep  a  happy  channa  with  other  fish:  Keep  them  well  fed
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