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The Elephant Nose Fish (Gnathonemus petersii) is a unique and fascinating species known for its distinctive appearance and intriguing behaviors. Here is some detailed information about this captivating fish:


Average Size: Typically grows to around 9-12 inches (23-30 cm) in length.


Lifespan: Can live up to 8-10 years with proper care.



  • Known for its elongated snout, which resembles an elephant's trunk, used for sensing and foraging.
  • Features a slender, laterally compressed body with a dark brown or black coloration and a subtle sheen.
  • Highly intelligent and sensitive, capable of emitting weak electrical pulses for navigation and communication.



  • Native to the slow-moving rivers and streams of West and Central Africa, particularly in the Congo River Basin.



  • Generally peaceful but can be territorial with its own kind, best kept singly or in a large group to reduce aggression.
  • Active primarily during the night (nocturnal), requiring dim lighting or shaded areas during the day.


Tank Size:

  • Requires a tank of at least 55 gallons, with plenty of hiding spots and soft substrate to explore.


Care Level:

  • Moderate to Challenging. Requires specific water conditions and a varied diet to thrive.



  • Carnivorous. Prefers a diet of live or frozen foods such as bloodworms, brine shrimp, blackworms, and small crustaceans. May accept high-quality sinking pellets over time.


Water Parameters:

  • pH: 6.0-7.5
  • Temperature: 73-82°F (23-28°C)
  • Hardness: 5-12 dGH



  • Provide a well-decorated tank with plenty of hiding places, such as caves, plants, and driftwood.
  • Maintain excellent water quality with gentle filtration and regular water changes.
  • Sensitive to poor water conditions and medication, requiring careful monitoring and a stable environment.


Disclaimer: "Please note that these are general guidelines, and for more accurate values or specific care requirements, we encourage you to contact Living Aquarium by phone or in person. Within store hours, our team of experts is always happy to answer any questions you may have and provide personalized guidance on care."


Elephant Nose fish

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