Family: Channidae

Channa micropeltes

Common Name:

Red Snakehead

Size: Up to 52 inches (130cm) usually smaller in the home aquarium.
Note: Should not be considered a home aquarium fish, young are sometimes seen for sale and caution should taken before purchasing. It is unfair to subject any animal to less than ideal living conditions.
Habitat: Asia: Mekong and Chao Phraya river basins, the Malay Peninsula and the islands of Sumatra and Borneo.
Diet: Carnivorous, mostly live fish.
Behavior: Aggressive predator.
Water: pH 6.5 to 7.5, dH to 15°, temperature range 72 to 82°F (22-28°C)
Care: Easy, does not like cold.
Communities: No. Will hunt and eat anything it can fit into its’ mouth.
Suitability: Not for the novice.
Note: Check your local laws before purchasing. Many if not all the states have banned them. Other countries may have similar laws.

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