Elephant Nose Fish Help

  1. F

    FishLoverDogLover New Member Member

    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 dont 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 crap and the water change, or a normal thing they go through.
    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 dont 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.
  2. Coradee

    Coradee Moderator Moderator Member

    Welcome to Fishlore hope you get some responses today
  3. Wobbegong

    Wobbegong Well Known Member Member

    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.
  4. OP

    FishLoverDogLover New Member Member

    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.
  5. Aqua Hands

    Aqua Hands Well Known Member Member

    how long are you going to be gone?
  6. CloudTheFluffy

    CloudTheFluffy Valued Member Member

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

    Rtessy Well Known Member Member

    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.
  8. OP

    FishLoverDogLover New Member Member

    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
  9. Rtessy

    Rtessy Well Known Member Member

    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.
  10. OP

    FishLoverDogLover New Member Member

    By soft kind I mean the Tetra vacation from walmart. The fish actually have to bite it, its not a slow, timed release
  11. Rtessy

    Rtessy Well Known Member Member

    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?