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The unusual appearance and novelty of the Elephant Nose has increased
its popularity in recent years. If the proper care is taken they will
be a rewarding member of your fish community.
Listed tank sizes are the minimum
||13 inches (35.0 cm )
||6.0 to 7.5
||Soft to hard
||73°F to 84°F (22 to 28°C)
Elephant Nose, Peters Elephantnose
Central Africa, in the Zaire river basin, from the Niger to the Cameroons.
General Body Form:
There is no other fish that even closely resembles the Elephant nose.
The top and bottom profiles are almost identical, which come to an end
in a forked shaped caudal fin (Tail.) The small Dorsal fin is located
at the end of the body, it to is mirrored by the anal fin. The most
distinguishing trait of the fish is its' mouth. It is located at the
eye level and the lower jaw section extends into a moveable trunk like
extension. Guess where the common name comes from.
Overall the color of the fish is a dark Brown or Black color. There
are a pair of somewhat yellow vertical bands that extend from the back
of the dorsal to the Anal fin. Not a stunning fish as far as color goes,
but nice in its own right.
The Elephant Nose are shy by nature and will require a well planted
aquarium, with subdued lighting and a soft substrate. You must include
hiding places in the form of clay pipes, rockwork or driftwood. They
should be kept singly as they are somewhat aggressive to their own species.
Nocturnal in nature they will become more active at dusk and start looking
for food, it is important to provide this to them after the lights come
out. Given time they will become active with the other fish with the
lights on. Feed them with Tubifex worms, Mosquito larva and Bloodworms.
They are a member of the electric fish family and emit a small electrical
charges that change with their mood. They are very sensitive to water
quality and I have read that some municipal water companies use them
as a gauge of water purity.
Slow moving water, with submerged wood and plants.
Sexual difference's and breeding are unknown at this time, but it is
said that they construct floating nest that slowly float with the water
and the frys' first food develop in the nest as well.