Elephant Nose Fish

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I've successfully kept an ENF, Fidget, for about 8 months now. He was healthy and happy and still is other than there is a thin film of white slime now covering his face and a little bit of his back. I just did a water change, and before and after the change the water parameters are 100% fine. I don't take my fish out of the tank, and I pretreat my water with simply aloe based water conditioner/dechlorinator before filling my tank.
Currently he is chilling in his cave, or I would take a picture. He even eats blood worms from my hand.
I'm not exactly sure what to do, or if its just stress from the stirred up **** and the water change, or a normal thing they go through.
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I am going on vacation soon, and I am unsure what to do about feeding him while i'm gone, is there a specific vacation feeder I can give him? He does sometimes eat flakes from the top of the tank and actually enjoys it. I don't have anyone to come and feed him while i'm gone either. So that is out of the question .

I forgot to mention. His tank mates are 2 nerite snails, 3 otto cats, 4 neon tetras, 1 24-carat cloud tetra, 1 high fin Chinese banded sucker/shark, and a mated pair of angels that I randomly got from Petco by chance. They are in a 46 Gallon bow tank. And as stated above, water parameters are 100% fine, and its also a planted tank.
 

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Welcome to Fishlore hope you get some responses today
 

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I don't know too much about the elephant nose but I do know the chinese high fin banded sucker gets WAY too big for your aquarium is is really only s suitable pond fish. As for your elephant nose, the best medicine for a sick fish is very frequent water changes.
 
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Yes, we know, we are growing him out in the tank. Fidget is better, the skin pealed off after I put another cap of my dechlorinator in there. He was probably agitated from the water change.
Still unsure of what to do for a vacation feeder.
 

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FishLoverDogLover said:
Yes, we know, we are growing him out in the tank. Fidget is better, the skin pealed off after I put another cap of my dechlorinator in there. He was probably agitated from the water change.
Still unsure of what to do for a vacation feeder.
how long are you going to be gone?
 

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How long are you going on vacation? Fish can go without food for about a week- week and a half.
 

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I can try and help with the vacation part. How long are you going on vacation? If it's less than a week or just a week, they should be fine without being fed. If it's more than a week, you may want to look at hiring a local aquarium specialist to "fish sit" or another hobbiest. You could also look at higher grade automatic feeders, but they wouldn't work for any live food.
 
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hmmm thanks for the suggestions, I was thinking about using one of the soft kind of vacation feeders. But i'm not sure how it would effect him

only gonna be gone about a week
 

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By "soft kind" do you mean those ones that fizz and slowly release food? Because I strongly recommend against those, they're truly awful for a large number of reasons. If you're only gone a week most fish are entirely fine, I don't know about ENF since they're more sensitive, but if you have pellets or something you may be able to do an automatic feeders just fine, but I would test it out for a few days before you leave.
 
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By soft kind I mean the Tetra vacation from walmart. The fish actually have to bite it, its not a slow, timed release
 

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Interesting, but I just wanted to let you know, from what I read most of the reviews for it are not good... Since you're only going to be gone a week, I would just feed heavier than normal for 3-4 days and let them be. Well, actually, some people recommend making your own "time release" I remember one person would just put a clove of garlic in and that would feed the fish for 3-4 days. Maybe you could do something similar to that?
 

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