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Info on Elephant nose fish

Posted by yacheryl 9b W-Cent Fla (My Page) on
Sun, Feb 8, 09 at 0:22

Brought home 2 of these today.
They're about 3 - 4" long each.
Can someone tell me the kind of care they need?
I bought frozen brine, how much should I feed them
and how often? Do they eat anything else?
Temp is about 79 degrees in the tank.
Thank you!............cheryl

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RE: Info on Elephant nose fish

Go back to the store for frozen blood worms. They may or may not take the BS. If they do, fine, but they still prefer the blood worms and will do better on them. Their mouths are structured in such a manner they have a hard time eating anything they can't literally suck up whole.

Also, unless they are living alone, feed them at night after you turn off the tank light, when they won't have to compete for food.

RE: Info on Elephant nose fish

I will go buy that tomorrow morning.
Are they more "bottom feeders"?

It's a tank I set up to grow water plants in
and just happened to see them at the pet shop.
I just wanted something unique in there.
They had leaf fish, but they were little to pricey for me.
I only have a few fish in there - 2 small feeder comets when I set it up.
Brought my betta in from the back yard pond
and 2 small blue botias...............cheryl

RE: Info on Elephant nose fish

Yes, strictly bottom feeders. They use their long snouts to grub around, feeling for food and in the wild, eat tiny soft bodied crustations, insect larve, etc. They will literally vaccum the bottom, moving forward then backward as they smell food and try to zero in on it. They are certainly interesting and quite incapable of harming your other fish- unlike leaf fish, that lie in wait, then glup down whatever will fit in their surprisingly large mouths.

RE: Info on Elephant nose fish

It won't get too warm for the comets? Bettas like warm water, being from southeast Asia and I assume elephant noses need warmth too.

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