Currently is the import season for one of the most beautiful species of snakehead, the rainbow snakehead (Channa bleheri) from the state of Assam in India. The species is not only very colorful, but also stay comparatively small (at least in comaprison with some other snakeheads), namely 15-20 cm. Moreover this species is – again in comparison with other snakeheads – rather peaceful.
Neverheless this species is recommended only for experienced hobbyists, for C. bleheri is a subtropical species and lives in higher altitudes. Here it can become pretty cool at times. Experience has shown that the fish need cool periods from time to time to stay healthy over years and for breeding.
In respect of feeding C. bleheri is not very demanding. Insects and their larvae are best choice, the fish also like earthworms. One should be careful if life feeder fish are offered, for they often carry diseases and can infect the snakeheads.
Rainbow snakeheads are biparental brood carers. They egss are lighter than water and swim on the water surface wre the male concentrates them in a kind of raft. Both parents take care for the fry.
For our customers: the fish have code 409064 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.
Text & photos: Frank Schäfer