Snakehead fighter - Betta channoides
Scientific name: Betta channoides
Common name: Snakehead fighter
Usual size in fish tanks: 8 - 12 cm (3.15 - 4.72 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 4.5 - 6.5
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 10 - 15°N (178.57 - 267.86ppm)
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Recommended temperature: 22 - 25 °C (71.6 - 77°F)
The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning
Where the species comes from: East Asia
Temperament to its own species: peaceful
Temperament toward other fish species: peaceful
Usual place in the tank: Middle levels
Food and feeding
Snakehead fighters will accept flake foods but are much happier with live or frozen foods. Give them blood worms, brine shrimp, krill or white worms.
Asia; Snakehead fighters are found in Indonesia.
Males will display a bright colouration, the females will have a dull appearance.
Snakehead fighters are paternal mouth brooders. The male will collect the eggs and do all of the brooding, the female plays no further part with the offspring. The fry should be released after two weeks and they can be fed on newly hatched brine shrimp.
The expected life span for Betta channoides is 3-5 years.
Although, Betta channoides prefer soft, acidic water, they are tolerant of other parameters. Hiding places must be provided for them as well as using plants in the tank. Snakehead fighters can be kept as pairs or in groups depending on the size of tank being used. The addition of iron to the water has been proved to be beneficial as well.
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