My Channa andrao
Here I try to write down my experience caring for snakehead fish, starting when I saw one type of snakehead fish on one page on the internet, I began to be interested in this predator fish. Channa andrao or neon dwarf is a snakehead species of family Channidae, Order Perciformes, Class Actinopterygii which fills one ecosystem in parts of India.
I started to buy the snakehead in moderate numbers, around 13 I found 3 pairs of males and females that I chose according to me have a good physical condition with a body length reaching 8-10 cm and the rest I made a display in my private gallery channa. In March 2017 the room temperature reached 27⁰C. They were placed in three tanks (a pair of each) without a filtration system and swamp themed.
Observation and Behavior
I replace the water in each tank by reducing a quarter of tank volume of water in the tank every week by giving 8-hour filtration to each tank.
From here I only took one sample tank that I will observe, 4 days passed and almost all the fish began to feel comfortable with the artificial habitat seen from their color that looks more beautiful compared to the previous one that looks pale with vertical lines. Gradually their appetite improved to the next level which is social level.
Inside the tank they met each other to increase their aggressive nature. Because in my opinion their basic behavior is territorial. They were showing physical strength to one another by developing their gills and widening anal and dorsal part.
Riots are inevitable, they attack until they know each other. Of course this fight is very fatal and can kill one of them. According to the literature I have read here, the role of hidingcave is very helpful for them to hide for a while, of course this has become my vigilance so I have placed a simple hidingcave on the corner of my tank.
I can conclude that however they are still territorial fish. They will not be that easy to just receive guests and to make them a harmonious partner. Believe me, I’m increasingly curious to learn this exotic fish. On another occasion I will try to write back my experience of caring Channa Andrao.