Dwarf Snakehead (Channa gachua)

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Dwarf Snakehead

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Dwarf Snakehead

Channa gachua

208 Litres (55 US G.)

15-28.8 cm (5.9-11.3")




6.0 - 7.0

22 -26 °C (71.6-78.8°F)

12-15 °d

1:1 M:F

Live Foods
Other (See article)

8-12 years



Additional names

Dwarf Snakehead, Brown Snakehead

Additional scientific names

Ophicephalus gachua, Ophicephalus limbatus, Ophicephalus marginatus, Ophiocephalus gachua, Ophiocephalus guachua malaccensis

Origin[edit | edit source]

Found in a range of different water from fast flowing hill streams to more stagnant water from Sri Lanka to the Mekong (Xe Bangfai and Nam Theun basins) and Bali, Indonesia.

Sexing[edit | edit source]

Mature females will have a rounder belly and mature males have brighter colouration in the dorsal, anal and caudal fins.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

Any small tank mates will be seen as food for this fish so it is wise to keep the Dwarf Snakehead with other non-aggressive similar sized fish such as peaceful yet robust Cichlids.

Diet[edit | edit source]

The Dwarf Snakehead readily accepts most live foods and frozen food including shrimp and fish.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

Does best in a mature tank with a secure lid as these fish can jump. Provide hiding places with dense planting and large pieces of bogwood and rocks.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

Will hunt and consume any fish smaller than itself, but is otherwise peaceful towards larger fish and even conspecifics.

Identification[edit | edit source]

Typical Snakehead in shape. Elongated with long anal and dorsal fins with large head and mouth. The body is grey-brown in colour, the fins are translucent with hints of blue and yellow edging.

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