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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Fish of the Week: Elephant Nose Fish

The elephant nose fish is quite an interesting little fish. It has an odd body shape as well as a head that has what looks like an elephant nose.

Here are some interesting stats on this little guy:

A.K.A: Peters Elephantnose

Origin: Africa

Member of: Mormyridae

Temperment: This fish can be aggressive towards its own kind so it is best kept in an aquarium without other elephantnoses. It is possible to keep them in a community tank with other peaceful fish.

Life Span: 6-10 years

Aquarium Conditions:
-ph: 6 - 7.2
-Temperature: 73-82 degrees

Water conditions need to be closely monitored since this fish is very susceptible to changes. The elephantnose also needs lots of places to hide.

Aquarium size: a minimum of 40 gallons is needed.

Fully Grown Size: 9 - 13 inches

Food: bloodworms and tubifex worms and the occasional fish flakes.

Sexing: cannot tell males from females visually. Reproductive organs are hidden and there are no known color differentiations between the sexes.

Breeding: breeding can be difficult since this species is aggressive with its own kind and it is difficult to identify males from females.

Tank Mates: Community fish such as bleeding hearts, danios

Where to Purchase This Fish:
Gnathonemus petersii Gnathonemus petersii "Elephantnose Fish"
The Elephant Nose is a nocturnal fish, hunting and feeding mostly at night. It uses its long snout to help it find worms, insects, larvae, and small crustaceans in the substrate. It is important to provide smooth-sided gravel or fine sand so that it does not injure itself when looking for food in this way. The Elephant Nose is able to produce a weak electric discharge that it uses in courtship and in locating prey.   Use caution if it becomes necessary to add medications or other harsh chemicals to the tank as many of these products are harmful or fatal to the elephant nose. If using medications, read the instructions carefully to be sure that the product is safe for scale-less fish. It may be necessary to use a mild medication or use a product at half-strength. This is a Restricted item and is not covered by our Arrive Alive 5 Day Guarantee.


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