for Your New Elephant Nose
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Appeal: Obviously everyone loves elephant noses because of their appearance. They rank among the harder fishes to keep, so we don’t recommend them to most people -- especially beginners.
Origins: Not raised on many fish farms, we get most elephant noses directly from the wild. They come from warm, shallow streams in Africa. We’re starting to see captive born ones this millennium.
Name Origin: Some guy named Peters found these weird little critters with the elephant noses, so he stuck his name on them.
Elephant Trunk? Look very closely. You’ll notice their mouth at the top of their trunk – not underneath or thru the trunk. Elephant noses do use their “trunk” to poke around looking for worms, not for eating food.
Water Conditions: Elephant noses prefer soft water. Adding a teaspoon of salt per gallon always helps.
Size: Very few of the elephant noses grow larger than eight inches. Many top out at six.
Jumpers: Keep your elephant noses covered. These darn critters like to jump out. They like to jump most when they feel good.
Huge Brains: For their size, that is. They’re supposedly among the smartest of all the fishes. You’d think a fish with any brains at all would not jump out of their water.
Electric Fish: Not as powerful as the electric eel or electric catfish (or MidAmerican Energy), the elephant nose uses its weak current to locate tasty morsels. You could pick him up barehanded – unlike those other guys, especially MidAmerican Energy.
Not Schoolers: Electric fishes just don’t like other electric fishes. Elephant noses dislike other nosers and most of the knife fishes.
Breeding: Forget it.
Foods: Forget feeding them flakes at first. Most new elephant noses will starve before even trying flakes or pellets. They mucho prefer live blackworms. Frozen tubifex worms, brine shrimp, and glass worms will also work. Many will eventually convert to flake foods.
Feeding: Since new elephant noses prefer the night shift, feed them at night – right before you turn their lights off. If you feed them during the day, your other fish will devour their preferred foods. After your elephant nose has been around a while, he catches on to your feeding schedule.
Lighting: Elephant noses prefer a low light aquarium. Add some floating plants to subdue their lighting.
Good Tank Mates: Nosers cost more than the average fish. That’s good or more people would get them and kill them. New nosers mix pretty well with other community fishes as long as you feed them in the dark. When it comes to eating, lots of elephant noses stand in the back row.
Disease: Elephant noses that catch “ich” will probably die – not from the disease, but from the medication. Use any cure with them very carefully. The Malachite Green in most ich cures will kill them. Malachite harms most “scaleless” fishes.
Keep their water well filtered. Dirty
water causes elephant noses (and you) many problems.
Jamie McIntosh, March 28, 2012
hello i just wanted to say on your elephant nose page it says new elephant noses wont take flakes but i've had three all at different times who took flakes from day one and i've had one for about 5 months who if given the choice he goes for flakes before bloodworm and he's about 2-3 inches including his tail he is 4 inches and his had no problems what so ever and i use to have a male fighting fish in a 55g community aqurium and when he died he was about 4 years old just thought you might like to hear
A: Thanks. I'll add your comments to my elephant nose page. LA
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