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African snakehead - Parachanna obscura

African snakehead - Parachanna obscura

Scientific name: Parachanna obscura

Common name: African snakehead

Family: Channidae

Usual size in fish tanks: 20 - 35 cm (7.87 - 13.78 inch)

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Recommended pH range for the species: 6.5 - 7.5

Recommended water hardness (dGH): 4 - 12°N (71.43 - 214.29ppm)

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Recommended temperature: 25 - 28 °C (77 - 82.4°F)

The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning

Where the species comes from: Africa

Temperament to its own species: aggressive/territorial

Temperament toward other fish species: aggressive/territorial

Usual place in the tank: Middle levels

Food and feeding

These snakeheads will accept any live food offered, with a bit of patience they will gradually start to accept meaty frozen foods.

Origin

White Nile and the Lake Chad basin, Zaire.

Sexing

There are no visible differences between the sexes.

Breeding

There are no records at this date as to how to induce these fish to spawn. It is known that there are very protective of their fry.

Lifespan

Expected lifespan is 10 years .

Short description

African snakeheads can live in low oxygen levels as they do need to take a gulp of air from the surface to survive. Plants should be added to the tank with plenty of hiding places for the fish. Never keep these with smaller fish as they are predatory.

Pictures

Bought by aqua-fish.net from jjphoto.dk.

African snakehead, picture 1 African snakehead, picture 2 African snakehead, picture 3

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