Whalenose Mormyrid

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Whalenose Mormyrid Care Guide

Description: The Whalenose Mormyrid, scientifically known as Brienomyrus brachyistius, is a fascinating and unique species valued for its distinctively shaped snout and intriguing electrical sensing abilities. With its elongated body and specialized sensory organs, this mormyrid fish adds a captivating touch of diversity to any aquarium.

Behavior: Whalenose Mormyrids are nocturnal and often display secretive behavior during the day, preferring to hide among vegetation or other tank décor. They possess electroreceptors that allow them to detect and communicate using weak electric fields, making them fascinating subjects for observation.

Tank Requirements: Provide a well-planted aquarium with plenty of hiding spots and dense vegetation to mimic the natural habitat of the Whalenose Mormyrid. A tank size of at least 30 gallons is recommended to accommodate their size and swimming habits.

Water Parameters: Maintain stable and slightly acidic to neutral water conditions, with temperatures ranging from 75°F to 82°F (24°C to 28°C) and a pH level between 6.0 to 7.5. Ensure good water quality through regular water changes and efficient filtration.

Diet: Whalenose Mormyrids are omnivorous and will accept a variety of foods, including sinking pellets, frozen or live foods such as bloodworms, brine shrimp, and small insects. Offer them a varied diet to ensure they receive essential nutrients for growth and health.

Compatibility: Whalenose Mormyrids are generally peaceful but can be territorial, especially towards conspecifics or similarly sized tank mates. They are best kept in a species-specific setup or with other peaceful fish species that share similar water parameters.

Max Size: 7 Inches