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Campylomormyrus elephas - Blunt-Jaw ElephantnoseMagyarul / Hungarian
Campylomormyrus elephas - Blunt-Jaw ElephantnoseCampylomormyrus elephas - Blunt-Jaw ElephantnoseCampylomormyrus elephas - Blunt-Jaw Elephantnose
  • Scientific name: Campylomormyrus elephas
  • Synonyms: Gnathonemus elephas
  • Common name: Blunt-Jaw Elephantnose, Worm-jawed Mormyrid
  • Group: Other fishes
  • Habitat: Africa; Congo basin
  • Size: 40 cm
  • Biotope: In murky waters with submerged wood.
  • Social behavior: Peaceful with other community fish, but territorial with others of its own species. A species tank is recommended. Do not combine with small fishes.
  • Diet: Carnivorous; all kinds of live foods such as tubifex, small crustacea, various type of mosquito larvae, and aquatic insects and their larvae.
  • Breeding: This species has not been bred in captivity.
  • Tank: Minimum 200 litres
  • Population: 1-2 fishes for 300 litres
  • Decoration: Provide a substrate of fine sand, some hiding places among rocks and roots, and dense edge and background vegetation. Maintain sufficent free swimming space. The Worm-jawed Mormyrid prefers large, shallow tank having peat filtration.
  • Temperature: 23-28 °C
  • pH: 6,5-7,5
  • Hardness: 5-20NK°
  • Lifespan: 6-10 years

Description: Like all elephantnose fish, it has an electrical organ in the caudal peduncle. The body is very long with a very slender section preceding the tail. The lower part of the proboscis protrudes past the mouth. The base color of the body is brown-gray with several brownish-white markings. The caudal fin is forked.

The base of the anal fin is concave on male and straight on female. This fish has not been bred in aquarium. Very little is known about its reproductive biology in nature. Their eggs are beige and approximately 1 mm in diameter.

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