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Channa Sp. assam Aka Lal Cheng
March 27, 2008
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Matt
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Well it's about time I showed some pictures of my own fish. This is a currently undescribed species of dwarf Channa from India. In nature these have a quite amazing life cycle, spending part of the year living in a particular kind of flower that fills with water! As you can see I've managed to breed these, as far as I know the only successful spawning in the UK to date. Would love to hear of others' experiences with them.

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March 27, 2008
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amazing pics. and stunning fish.
i know a shop selling what looks almost identical to these. the name was channa pulchra. could it be the same fish?

March 27, 2008
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QUOTE(Matt @ Mar 27 2008, 05:03 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
As you can see I've managed to breed these, as far as I know the only successful spawning in the UK to date /cool.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="B)" border="0" alt="cool.gif" />

Congrats!

And there cute. /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

March 27, 2008
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Keith! What are you doing here? Shouldn't you be sipping some home-brewed Turkish moonshine and looking for aquatic lifeforms? No these aren't Channa pulchra, although it is a similar species. C. Pulchra grows much larger and looks totally different if you view the two side-by-side.

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March 27, 2008
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QUOTE(Matt @ Mar 27 2008, 05:54 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Keith! What are you doing here? Shouldn't you be sipping some home-brewed Turkish moonshine and looking for aquatic lifeforms?

I thought Keith said he was leaving on friday(tomorrow)? I could be wrong though..

March 27, 2008
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Keith I think you have a stalker /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" />

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March 27, 2008
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Shhh! Matt! Your not supposed to tell him.. /angry.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":angry:" border="0" alt="angry.gif" />
*shakes head* Thanks alot Matt, now he knows...

March 27, 2008
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lol. i've got a few stalkers /ph34r.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":ph34r:" border="0" alt="ph34r.gif" /> , but only one I'm worried about /tongue.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":p" border="0" alt="tongue.gif" />
we fly tomorrow afternoon. so will soon be tasting the local delicacy. oh and the beers. /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" />
i will have to see if i can get a pic of these in the shop, be good to ID them.

March 27, 2008
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This is Channa pulchra. Those prominent orange markings on the body and peppering of black spots on the dorsal surface help to distinguish it from other similar Channa. I also reckon the black markings suggest that this species is quite closely related to Channa stewartii, although I've not seen the description paper yet. Hopefully I'll manage to nab a copy soon.

Keith these are Colin Dunlop's fish. I must admit I swiped the pics off Petfrd...ahem. /ph34r.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":ph34r:" border="0" alt="ph34r.gif" /> Oh, and enjoy your trip mate!

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March 28, 2008
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i'm certain those are not the ones in the shop. i will get some pics after my hols.
oh, i will certainly enjoy them,

March 28, 2008
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Matt, Just admit it, your just jelous that I get to stalk Keith, and you don't.. /tongue.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":p" border="0" alt="tongue.gif" />

March 28, 2008
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ooooh, now i AM scared.lmao

March 28, 2008
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/biggrin.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.gif" />

March 28, 2008
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Keith will you just go and stop making us all jealous! /tongue.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":p" border="0" alt="tongue.gif" /> I'm frightened of you both now...

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March 28, 2008
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Oh shush. I'm no stalker... /wink.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=";)" border="0" alt="wink.gif" />

March 28, 2008
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Becca, isn't that what they all say? /tongue.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":p" border="0" alt="tongue.gif" />

Back on topic, congratulations on the breeding success Matt.

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March 28, 2008
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And how would you know Eyrie? Hmmm? Yeah, Thought so..

Were all stalkers in our own way I suppose... /wink.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=";)" border="0" alt="wink.gif" />

March 28, 2008
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Thanks Eyrie; there'll be an article soon /wink.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=";)" border="0" alt="wink.gif" />

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March 29, 2008
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QUOTE(becca11 @ Mar 28 2008, 08:47 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
And how would you know Eyrie? Hmmm? Yeah, Thought so..


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April 4, 2008
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Gorgeous fish Matt, love your tank set up to, nice job.

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