Elephant nose - Gnathonemus petersii

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    I love this fish. Found it shy with 108watts of lights on, but when it get darker it comes out to play.

    I use a very dim light at feeding time to feed the little fellow. I tried to feed if beef heart, but it did not take to it. Blood worms and dry frozen worms works best.

    A fun fish to keep, but can be a bit edgy.

    Anyone else with a little Elephant kid in the tank?
     
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    Wow, I'm really impressed you've got it eating! I've read that it's really difficult to do that. Apparently they LOVE very fine substrate. Fascinating article over here that got me extremely jealous over this guy's tanks. Seems they like to be in groups - excuse to buy more? :laugh:
     
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    I have 4 of them, very interesting fish, very wise, love their bloodworms, but the bigger ones bully the smaller ones, but very peacefull toward other fish. Just make sure your tank is closed properly, I lost one a few years ago, jumped out of a small hole in tank lid.
     
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    My brother got a friend for him a while back. The friend returned to the LPS. Nellie could not stand his / her company. Every plant had to be replanted in the tank die to the fight that broke out
     
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    I will try again. This little fellow can move. And he/she is a master at hiding.
    If Nellie sleeps you will not be able to see the elephant kid.

    On the substate. I have flourish red in my tank, and does not seem to be a problem for Nellie, but I think I will put a bit of filter sand in later on. Might be a chill out place for the Corry kids as well
     
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    Are they bottom feeders?
     
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    Yes,
    They use their "noses" to probe in the sediment for insects and other crustaceans.
     
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    Before I got my clowns I looked at the elephant nose...But couldn't get enough info like how many to get? Are the aggressive?
     
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    They are difficult fish to keep.
    Either 1 or a large group.
    They have a week electric current that they use to navigate in the dark, and to communicate with each other.
    In an aquarium, the stronger fish will bully smaller/weaker fish, that will eventually die.
    Also, they need soft sand. Definately no gravel which will damage their snout.
     
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    Will PFS sand work? How big do they get? Can I get one with my 7 clown loaches...I have some Tiger Barbs & corydoras
     
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    PFS sand? I am not familiar with that.
    Fine, non-abrasive sand is ok.

    I wouldn't keep them with Clown Loaches, and definately not with Tiger Barbs.
    Although EN can be aggressive among themselves, they are shy fish, that like a placid, dimly lit aquarium
     
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    Pool Filter Sand...
     
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    Think it should work. I have to find a shop that sells this. Nellie swims round feeling the substrate but not sure if it hurts the nose are of Nellie. And I want Nellie to be happy in the tank.
     
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    I would use play sand.
     
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    I have my now for 5years and I have a gravel subrate in tank and they have never had any problems with damage to the snout.
     
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    Would you recommend them with Clown loaches & Tiger barbs?
     
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    Never had tiger barbs, but they shouldn't be a problem with an elephant nose. I had Clown loaches together with my elephant noses but removed them, because the clowns are very boisterous at feeding time and they bully the elephant noses out of their bloodworms.
     
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    At the moment I have barbs and clown loaches in the tank.
    I have to feed Nellie at night with the lights off or the barbs intercept the bloodworms. The loaches are shy, so they do not compete for the food.
     

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