View Full Version : Elephant Nose Question
05-07-2005, 12:58 PM
I have just bought two elephant nose fish. firstly, i know that they can be aggressive towards there own but the shop keeper would only sell them in pairs and secondly what are they like towards smaller fish, ie clown loach and tiger barbs?
05-07-2005, 1:29 PM
clown loaches are not smaller, they are huge!!! granted it takes them awhile to get full grown, they will not have any problem with an elephant nose! how big is the tank?
05-07-2005, 1:41 PM
my clowns are only 8 cm at moment and the tank is a 250ltr
05-07-2005, 1:58 PM
from what I have herd elephant nose fish can produce a electrical charge when they feel extremely threatened, I also herd they can be aggressive, but mainly only toward other elephant noses, and that if you buy more then 1 you should get a group of 4 or more so the alpha fish doesn't go crazy on the other elephant nose. I really looked into getting some myself, and I still am considering it... there awsome fish! they have one called a double trunk elephant nose that's pretty sweet looking to... I have seen them in tanks with clown loaches with no problems at all, they seem to be very non aggressive and nice fish. just make sure you have soft ground for them to borrow around in with there noses and enough hiding spots to where they can get away from one another. there pretty delicate to water changes I herd also. I am just a noob, I have never owned one, so take this info as second hand and internet information I have found over the past couple months. GL and let me know how it go's as I may buy some myself!
05-07-2005, 2:04 PM
Thanks for all that info, i will keep you informed, i too anm a noob, so enjoy the thoughts of others
currently running 250litre tank with 2 dwarf gouramis, 2 plecs, 4 clown loach, 4 tiger barb, 2 elephant nose and a mellow pygmy puffer.
The pygmy is the one i'm mostly concerned about as it is out of charactor!!
05-11-2005, 2:00 PM
How many gallons is 250 liters? Sorry I'm a bit rusty with the conversions lol :)
Anyway, just a few tips/info etc just incase you weren't aware of any of it.
EN's can be very sensitive to water quality, so make sure you keep up with your water changes and regular maintanence.
If you ever decide to redecorate your tank, dont..I lost my first EN to over stressing him just by adding a few more plants and rocks...everything only moved over by a few inches, but it was enough to throw him off and stress out. :sad: I just didn't think about it until after the fact.
As far as food goes, most will only eat live or frozen foods like brineshrimp, bloodworms etc...some will eat flakes, but very few. Try and feed when the lights are out as they dont like to come out of hiding if its too bright out....though they will eventually get used to it and be more relaxed to venturing out during the daylight hours.
These guys can reach a size of about 9-10 inches, so be prepared to have a larger tank in your future in order to minimize any aggression between the 2 EN's.
They're wonderful fish!!! I love mine, he's by far one of my favourites, next to my clown loaches :dance2:
If I were you I would consider getting rid of some of those fish. A 66 gallon tank won't house them all for long. 2 plecos will strat to fight, the puffer (what type anyway as many are brackish) will start to get aggressive, and the elephants will start to fight as well. Plus the clowns should be able to get to be 10-12 inches long easily if allowed (but not in that size of a tank). Removing a few fish and finding other homes for them will allow you to really get a nice stable tank.
05-11-2005, 6:07 PM
I too would suggest getting rid of a few fish. The puffer concerns me most because those can get pretty nasty. Also I would suggest trying to deaccumulate one of those ENs.
They don't have scales and that is why they're so sensitive to water changes and stuff. Also, be very very careful about medication for this reason. I once had a black ghost knife (also scaleless) and medicating for ich that clown loaches brought into the tank killed my poor BGK. So do be careful with that. If you have to treat the tank with the EN in it I've heard that halfing the dose helps.
Aggressive fish don't work well with ENs. My boyfriend got an EN but it died shortly after, so he got another and that one died too. That's when he figured out the BGK was tearing them apart. So be careful. From what I've heard they're pretty passive gentle fish when it comes to other fish, just not each other.
Oh and also be careful about fish sensitive to electricity. Like I think that might have been my BGK's problem with the EN, they're both electric fish.
Anyways I think that's all I have to say. :) Good luck and enjoy your fish. When I can afford the tank I think I'm going to do a species tank with ENs. :)