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herna236 01-24-2007 03:00 PM

snake heads
anybody ever kept one of these or know anyone that has (since i believe they are illegal to pocess).

FDStation152 01-24-2007 03:04 PM

I'm pretty sure they are illegal in this area thanks to that big outbreak of em a few years back thanks to people dumping them in ponds when they got too big. Maybe not in your area. I hear they require a ton of food.

Daz 01-24-2007 03:43 PM

Nasty MOFO's. I would post you a link, but I'll PM it so my ass don't get slapped. :?

soco1125 01-24-2007 04:28 PM

Yeah, I really wanted a snakehead but because they're illegal will have to settle for a couple of ornate bichers... unless I find something more interesting. Anybody have any suggestions?

musho3210 01-24-2007 04:59 PM

its big, darn people throwing them in ponds and lakes

Lupin 01-24-2007 08:30 PM

Thread moved to Ancient Fish section as snakeheads are not cichlids.:)

Herna, welcome aboard.:wave: Where are you located?:) Most areas in US have banned the sale and entry of snakeheads. You might want to look into this thread.

Entry of fish in areas where it is considered illegal results into imprisonment, heavy fines and confiscating and destroying of the said fish depending on the laws.

You will want to avoid that kind of snakehead. They grow far too big for an average aquarium.:shake: You have to realize how much assets you're going to used up for a snakehead..let alone a big tank of about 300 gallons.

herefishy 01-25-2007 05:20 PM

A fish eating machine. Many areas have banned them as they are destroying native game fish. Check your local game laws via your local state and wildlife enforcement agency.

FDStation152 01-25-2007 05:42 PM

Yeah they are known to entirely wipe out ALL native fish in locations in which they do not have natural predators. They do it in a very short amount of time as well. I've heard of them getting into small lakes and killing off ALL native lifeforms in a matter of weeks or months.

Lupin 01-25-2007 08:48 PM

Snakeheads can adapt quite well to various weather conditions unfortunately. If they didn't, wiping out of native population won't be possible.:thumbsup: Such fish can actually travel between water channels just by simply limping/crawling(Who cares about legs?:roll: ) across the land until they find another body of water. Amazing survival.:shock2: :blink:

FDStation152 01-25-2007 08:51 PM

Yes indeed...gotta give em credit for being able to just climb out of a pond when theres nothing left to eat in one and just crawl on into another. I recall hearing some stories about them managing to catch some small animals (small dogs, cats, rabbits) on land for food as well when the whole big outbreak thing was going on.

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