1. Please clear out your caches and cookies and restart your desktop browser and mobile browser. Thanks!
    Dismiss Notice

Spotted Gar care?

Discussion in 'Gars & Bowfins' started by RTCatz, Jan 26, 2007.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. RTCatz

    RTCatz
    Expand Collapse
    MFK Members

    Real Name:
    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2006
    Messages:
    278
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    los angeles
    Last Seen:
    Jan 21, 2008
    i'm thinking about buy a gar to put in my 125 but can someone tell me their experience in owning this fish?

    1. Are they hardy?
    2. What is their behavior like??? active? aggressive? thanks!!
     
  2. ospy

    ospy
    Expand Collapse
    MFK Members

    Real Name:
    Joined:
    Aug 26, 2006
    Messages:
    304
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Washington state
    Last Seen:
    Mar 27, 2008
    I've had Florida gars for years. I assume that thats what your actually going to get as they are nearly impossible to tell the differance from spotted gars. That coupled with the fact that in the tropical fish industry, Florida gars are primarily whats available. They are a very mild manered fish that gets quite large over a long period of time. They can be trained to eat just about anything including pellets. However, they are a predetor so they will also eat fish. That means if your gar can not tell the differance between his tank mates and lunch, it will become the ladder. It is also important to keep food in his belly if there are tank mates that are of the size where they are close to being snack size. They can be trained to be hand fed and once in a while I will, though you've got to be carefull, as they have very sharp teeth. If he gets you..... lets just say "ouch, and then blood". Cool fish to own. I highly recomend them.
     
  3. 275ti03

    275ti03
    Expand Collapse
    MFK Members

    Real Name:
    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2006
    Messages:
    90
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    8
    Location:
    Cali
    Last Seen:
    May 17, 2016
    I agree... Gars are real cool fish to keep... I've got 2 spotted gars... they get along real well with each other and their tankmates... fairly doscile and will eat just about anything that can fit in their mouth or I should say anything they can catch and fit in their mouth...
     
  4. demjor19

    demjor19
    Expand Collapse
    MFK Members

    Real Name:
    Joined:
    Dec 17, 2006
    Messages:
    4,120
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Occupation:
    Structural Engineering
    Location:
    PA/OH
    Last Seen:
    Oct 23, 2011
    I couldn't have said it better myself!!:headbang2
     
  5. killerg305

    killerg305
    Expand Collapse
    MFK Members

    Real Name:
    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2009
    Messages:
    12
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Occupation:
    still lookin write me if u have any offers loll
    Location:
    brooklyn NY
    Last Seen:
    Apr 25, 2010
    i've had my florida gar for about a week now..he's not usually very active during the day but swims a lot at night. nd he gets along great with my oscar and pacu.he never chases fish and actually waits till their near his mouth so he can catch them i just want to know how do i train him to feed from my hand when he refuses to cum to the top..
     
  6. Gar keeper

    Gar keeper
    Expand Collapse
    MFK Members

    Real Name:
    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2009
    Messages:
    288
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    In a pond with Gars snapping at me
    Last Seen:
    Jul 22, 2009
    Very well stated, you will learn to love your Gar as you will see they are a pretty smart fish. ;)

    OSPY... For you I recommend spell checker... It's not hard when the words are underlined in red :headbang2
     
  7. Gr8KarmaSF

    Gr8KarmaSF
    Expand Collapse
    Administrator
    Staff Member

    Real Name:
    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2005
    Messages:
    23,232
    Likes Received:
    26
    Trophy Points:
    102
    Location:
    Quarantine Tank
    Last Seen:
    Apr 25, 2016
    In addition to what everybody said, I would be very careful to make it comfortable so that it does not scare and break its back, a very common issue with gar keepers....
     
  8. Noddy

    Noddy
    Expand Collapse
    MFK Members

    Real Name:
    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2008
    Messages:
    1,086
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Occupation:
    proces operator injection moulding
    Location:
    Ede-Holland
    Last Seen:
    Aug 22, 2012
    My gar eats out of my hand ,is 2 months old and has grown 2".
    Comes for seconds now and eat 2 fish a day.
    He's still abit spooked by my oscar but snapped his tail twice,and now the oscar leaves him alone.
    He just keeps his distance from my plecos.
     
  9. killerg305

    killerg305
    Expand Collapse
    MFK Members

    Real Name:
    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2009
    Messages:
    12
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Occupation:
    still lookin write me if u have any offers loll
    Location:
    brooklyn NY
    Last Seen:
    Apr 25, 2010
    how do i get my spotted gar to eat out of my hand because he rarely comes to the and never chases his food he just waits till their near.. any ideas ??
     
  10. Gar-Savy :D

    Gar-Savy :D
    Expand Collapse
    MFK Members

    Real Name:
    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2009
    Messages:
    6
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Binghamton
    Last Seen:
    Jul 26, 2009
    Ok so this may have nothing to do with the post but i just got a Florida Gar and i was wondering if a 125 gallon tank would be ok for it ..with a couple of oscers and some other semi large fish .?
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page

zoomed.com
hikariusa.com
aqaimports.com
Store