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Elephantnose



Picture of Elephantnose
Photos © Sean Evans

Common name:Elephantnose, Peter's elephantnose
Scientific name:Gnathonemus petersii
Synonyms:(none)
Size:8" (20cm)
Origin:Africa: Cameroon, Nigeria, Congo (formerly Zaire)
Tank setup:Larger tank (3ft/90cm minimum) with plenty of hiding places, sandy substrate.
Compatibility:Can be territorial with their own kind. Generally compatible in the larger community tank.
Temperature:22-28oC (72-82oF)
Water chemistry:Fairly soft, slightly acidic (pH 6.0-7.0) ideally.
Feeding:An omnivore which prefers live foods, but will take frozen foods, and possibly flake.
Sexing:Unknown
Breeding:Unknown
Comments: G. petersii is the most commonly available of several species of elephantnose. The 'trunk' is used for hunting small food organisms, a soft substrate is necessary to prevent injury to the snout. These fish have a weak electric organ which they use for navigation. You must take great care if you ever need to treat these fish, or a tank containing them, with a medication. They are sensitive to several of the common treatments - read the product insert carefully.

 

 

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