bam Very demanding level

Swamp in Tebo Ilir Jambi, Indonesia

Sponsored by

Channa melasoma is one of the most rare snakehead fish. Information on their habitats is scarce, and it is not surprising. One of the places where they can be found is the swamps Tebo Ilir jambi, Indonesia, which are difficult to study and occupy a large area of ​​the island. Continuous swamps connected by slowly flowing rivers and streams, where the water is usually stained with a dark brown color due to the large amount of dissolved humic acids. The bottom is covered with driftwood, branches and fallen leaves, the water is acidic and the pH can drop to 4.5-5.0. Sometimes there is rich aquatic vegetation there.

In the aquarium, the wetland part of the stream is reproduced with lots of driftwood and slow flow, these are the preferred carachetistics of Channa melasoma. Trichogaster trichopterus, Anabas testudineus, and Trichopsis vittata can be its tankmates in such a biotope.

Submitted by
MAA Rafsanjani
Approved by
Greg Martin & Peter Unmack
GPS
-1.5313179, 102.7199020

Videos above and below water

Water Chemistry

Water information

Water type
Brackish water
Water color
Black water
Water transparency
Medium
Concentration of sediments
Medium
Water temperature
29 °C
Water flow/curent
Slow

Chemical parameters

pH
5
Conductivity
644
GH
0
KH
0
Dissolved Oxygen
50 %

Aquarium information

Aquarium description

Set-up date
April 2020
Aquarium decoration

Roots, wood, leaf, twigs, and sand.

Aquarium equipment

Canister Filter Fluval FX6, DIY lamp 60 watt.

Fish care

Feed daily (crickets, maggots, worms).

 

Plant care

None.

Water care

20% water change once a week.

Dimensions

Length
100 cm
Depth
50 cm
High
30 cm
Volume
150 L

Substrate in aquarium

Sand
Black
Pebble/Gravel
Black
Stone
Black
Stone form
Irregular
Silt/Mud
Black
Leaves
Many
Driftwood
Many
Submerged terrestrial vegetation
Yes