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Ralph, my African Elephant Nose, has lived alone in his 25 gallon tank for three months now. He's about 7 inches in length and doing very well. :) I was concerned about the possibility of uneaten food in there and was also getting some algae build up. A few days ago I bought 2 cories, a large black mystery snail and a small common plec. The tank is spotless ! Just wanted to share about this amazing clean-up crew :D
 

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Thats great Tracy, so long as you realize that by adding that cleanup crew means you'll need to upgrade the size of the tank sooner. How big are you planning to go? Common pleco tops out at 18 inches, and elephant nose tops out at about 13 - 14 inches. I'd suggest over 100 gallons.
 

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My two Weather Loaches keep the waste in check. Glad to hear about your clean up crew. I second what Bettababy said. I hope you're thinking about getting a bigger tank in the future, or splitting them up into multiple ones. Good luck with everything.
 

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Thank you for the advice. I didn't realize that my African Elephant Nose will get so large, as no one else on this site seems to own one. I do know that the plecs get huge. However, it doesn't happen overnight. (the plec in my 46 gallon is 18 months old and still only about five inches). My daughter's boyfriend has a tank which is 80 - 100 gallons , and not in use, and he said i could have it! With this being such an addictive (and very rewarding) hobby, I do think of what is in the best interest for my fish and hope to be acquiring larger tanks in the new year. :)
 

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Ive actually been debaiting on if i should get an elephant. I figured they were good bottom cleaners but the way yous sounds isnt the case. The reason i didnt get any was because i already have the A-team of a clean up crew for my tank. 6 geophagus, 5 syno cats, 5 clown loaches, and lung (the biggest cleaner/mess maker)

Also arnt elephants fish that should be kept in pairs/trios?
 

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Elephant nose are cool fish, but don't keep them together with others of their own kind, they can get quite aggressive towards each other, and very territorial. Kept with other PEACEFUL fish, they tend to do well. They are not the easiest fish to keep, very sensitive to water quality and "bully fish". They are also a difficult feeder, and I'm glad to hear that this one appears to feed quite well. They stress easily, and they like warmer temperatures.
If planning to mix with angelfish, be sure the angels don't pick on it or harass it, as they don't last long once picked on and angels can be quite aggressive as they mature. The elephant fish also like the softer water that discus need, so that is a good choice in mixture. If you can keep discus thriving, then elephant fish shouldn't be much more difficult, once they begin to feed.
They are not a fish I would suggest to a beginner, and for sure not without doing some research before taking one home.
 

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Thank you Dawn :) . There are no angels in Ralph's tank -- he is alone with just the two little cory's and the small plec. I removed the snail this evening and put it in a smaller tank, as it did not seem to be eating anymore in there. There were 2 gourami's in his tank, but he hated them -- would 'shove' them out of the way when feeding, so I removed them. He's a very cool fish and seems to be doing okay. Will move him to a longer tank when i get the opportunity. thanks again!
 

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Gump -- just read your message. If you want an African Elephant Nose, just keep one, or more than 3, as they will bully the others of their kind, as Dawn said. They are quite a large fish and need a lot of room.
 

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How big was he when you got him? I've always loved those guys, just never had the right environment set up to keep one. That will come after we find a house. This thread makes me think of a day at work, I came in and saw a strange new critter in one of our tanks. I went to the boss's office, took him by the arm and said "you ordered something new and didn't tell me, teach me, now!" and dragged him to the tank. By the time we got over there I think he figured I had flipped out sometime during the night. I told him, I can't sell it if I don't know it, so he taught me. We had a similar experience when I first saw an elephant nose fish... good memories, thanks for bringing them back!
 

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Room shouldnt be a problem for me. Ill have to keep it on the maybe list for a while untill i see if i can get any dats in.
 

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"Ralph" was already this size when I got him. He seems to be doing well. Actually what I told Gump was incorrect -- if you are going to keep more than one African Elephant Nose you need a minimum of 4, as they will bully each other. I only have room for the one and will need to upgrade the size of his home. Did you know that the African Elephant Nose has a larger brain-to-body size ratio than human beings?
 

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So i got one two days ago and its super skinny and in a 20 gallon with two small pbass with about an ounce of blackworms. I havent noticed him eating or getting any gurth added on.

Tracy what do you feed yours?
 

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Just frozen foods -- brine shrimp, glass worms (white mosquito larvae)blood worms. And Gump, put a blue (marine-glo) light in the tank, the AEN likes it dark, and provide a good hiding spot for him (broad leafed plants and a rock cave or driftwood large enough for him to hide under). Mine was very shy when I first got him and would only eat if the tank light was off and the room was also dark. He's much better now, I've actually managed to photograph him but I'm having a hard time getting the photos uploaded into the fishforum (been trying for days). Good like with your AEN Gump. :)
 

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I've got him eating blackworms but havent seen any growh at all. I think its time i treat for internal parasites.
 
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