Great Snakehead (Channa marulius)

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Great Snakehead

Bullseye Snakehead.jpg
Great Snakehead

Channa marulius

1325 Litres (350 US G.)

150-180 cm (59.1-70.9")




6.5 - 7.5

24 -28 °C (75.2-82.4°F)

8-12 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

5-10 years



Additional names

Great Snakehead, Bullseye Snakehead, Cobra Snakehead

Additional scientific names

Channa marulia, Ophicephalus marulius, Ophicephalus grandinosus, Ophicephalus leucopunctatus

Origin[edit | edit source]

Asia: India to China, south to Thailand and Cambodia and Pakistan

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

This is a very large, aggressive and predatory fish that, if kept with other fish, should be in very large aquaria and with similar size or larger than the Snakehead and very robust.

Diet[edit | edit source]

A fairly unfussy fish that will accept the vast majority of meaty foods including crickets, earthworms, tadpoles and pieces of fish. In the wild they take frogs, fish, birds, snakes and small rodents!

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed sparingly once or twice a day. This fish has a voracious appetite.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

This fish requires extremely large secure aquaria, a tropical pond is ideal.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

A very large, predatory and aggressive fish.

Pictures[edit | edit source]

Videos[edit | edit source]

In a holding tank:

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