Discussion in 'Fish and Aquarium - all types' started by needlefish1, Sep 22, 2004.
are snakeheads illegal in PA?
Looks like it is.
http://www.geocities.com/pabackcountry/ ... adfish.htm
that STINKS. oh well. i really want a snakehead and im looking everywhere.
35 cents for a 6" in mexico
would just a bata be better than a convict?
well. 35 cents for a snakehead in mexico? are u sure? what about a bata? i think i convict is better.
unless you have the tank to house a full grown snake head, or plan on upgrading your tank in a short time, i wouldnt bother getting one.
All snakeheads grow extremely fast. Reds can reach over 3 feet! Expect at least a growth rate of around 1 inch per month for the first year. In other words, a typical, healthy Snakehead should reach a foot in length within a year. Because this fish gets enormous I recommend at least a 300 gallon tank. Bigger would be appreciated.
Reds do well in semi-soft water that is slightly acidic to neutral. These are only the ideal parameters. This fish will do well in almost anything as long as it is constant and extremes are avoided. The temperature should be around 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
Red Snakeheads are very cute and colorful as juveniles. Up until about 6 inches in length the fish has gorgeous red and black stripes running horizontally along the length of the body with a white belly. After the fish reaches over 6 inches the stripes begin to fade into more of a greyish-pink color. The black stripes remain. By the time a Red reaches adulthood, it will be a dully colored, homely fish with a face only a mother could love.
Most Snakeheads will eat just about anything. They are very messy eaters and will gorge themselves to the point that they are bloated and can barely swim. Reds relish live foods, but I try to stay away from feeder fish. Mine absolutely loves chopped beef heart. Actually, this is the only thing I can get him to eat besides live food. He won't even look at pellets. Beef heart is a good source of nutrition, provided that it is fresh. I go to the butcher and buy a frozen heart rather than spend an ungodly amount on the prepackaged stuff at the fish store. In addition, it would be a great idea to train a young Snakehead to accept floating food sticks. If you can get one to eat sticks I suggest Azoo's 9 in 1 Arowana Sticks. These are much cheaper and are an excellent source of nutrition. I've heard of people feeding mice to their adult Snakeheads but with all the fur and bones, mice wouldn't provide very good nutrition.
Red Snakeheads can be quite timid while still young, but this phase will quickly pass. After that, they become quite the terror. They are also extremely aggressive eaters.Warning: they are notorious beggars. A Red will eat anything it can fit into its mouth; this includes fish almost the same size and fingers. One of the only fish I can recommend as a tankmate would be a Pacu.
Getting two Reds to breed in a home aquarium is quite difficult simply because an enormous tank is required. The eggs float to the top where the male savagely guards them, even after they hatch.
got this info from Kingsoftheaquarium.com
years ago I bought 2 red snake heads each about 2" long , had them in a 55 gallon tank with in 3 weeks 1 killed the other & with in a year the 1 left was over a foot long, the only friend he had was a big placo. I traded him at the lfs. if you get 1 make sure you have a good hood on the tank with either locks or wieghts they love jumping out. :y_the_best:
convicts are a fun fish, they breed real nice & tend there young, I have found that if given enough room there not overly aggressive. they love caves.
i can keep a fish that large
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