New gar breathing heavy and swimming strangely

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Got a new gar 3 days ago, he's around 9 Inches. Tank mates 2 motoro rays and 5 silver dollars. Tank size is 230g.

The first couple days he seemed fine and kept mostly to himself chilling up at the the top of the tank. He hasn't eaten since ive added him to the tank. However, I know fish normally need a couple days to settle in before they will eat. Today when i came home from work i noticed he was laying on the bottom of the tank under a piece of drift wood. Ive been monitoring the tank closley all night and noticed he is breathing heavily (like gulping) and when he does decide to move around he will dart out real quick and then back up and then twist around and dart out really fast again. He will do this a couple times then lay on the bottom of the tank continuing to gulp and repeat.

All other fish are acting normal and eating fine.

Im a starting to get really concerned as i dont know what to do. When i walk over to the tank to get a good look at him he freezes up and breaths heavier, he freezes up so much that he will even let a ray swim right over the top of him. Its like he tries not to move at all when i get to close to the tank to inspect . When i walk away and watch from a distance he will make move but dart around and swim really oddly. I havent seen him come up to the surface at all since coming home feom work and for the fist 2 days thats all he did was hang out up top at the tank cruising around.

This is my first gar so not sure what i should do. Any advice would be appreciated.
 

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Got a new gar 3 days ago, he's around 9 Inches. Tank mates 2 motoro rays and 5 silver dollars. Tank size is 230g.

The first couple days he seemed fine and kept mostly to himself chilling up at the the top of the tank. He hasn't eaten since ive added him to the tank. However, I know fish normally need a couple days to settle in before they will eat. Today when i came home from work i noticed he was laying on the bottom of the tank under a piece of drift wood. Ive been monitoring the tank closley all night and noticed he is breathing heavily (like gulping) and when he does decide to move around he will dart out real quick and then back up and then twist around and dart out really fast again. He will do this a couple times then lay on the bottom of the tank continuing to gulp and repeat.

All other fish are acting normal and eating fine.

Im a starting to get really concerned as i dont know what to do. When i walk over to the tank to get a good look at him he freezes up and breaths heavier, he freezes up so much that he will even let a ray swim right over the top of him. Its like he tries not to move at all when i get to close to the tank to inspect . When i walk away and watch from a distance he will make move but dart around and swim really oddly. I havent seen him come up to the surface at all since coming home feom work and for the fist 2 days thats all he did was hang out up top at the tank cruising around.

This is my first gar so not sure what i should do. Any advice would be appreciated.

Did you quarantine the new gar?
 

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Did you quarantine the new gar?
No I didnt. I dont have a quarantine tank. However, when i collected him he was swimming fine acting all happy and normal. No signs of anything wrong with him.
 

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Pic attached see how the bottom of his mouth is pushed out. Thats from him breathing. Its like he is gulping.

Right after i took this picture he darted off really quickly spazzing out hitting the glass before backing up and twisting around and darting off again.

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Pic attached see how the bottom of his mouth is pushed out. Thats from him breathing. Its like he is gulping.

Right after i took this picture he darted off really quickly spazzing out hitting the glass before backing up and twisting around and darting off again.

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Try not to approach the aquarium fast and suggest give more time to see if it will eat. Gar's are known for the spazzing behavior when their spooked. It will take time for the Gar to get comfortable to you approaching the aquarium.
 

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Try not to approach the aquarium fast and suggest give more time to see if it will eat. Gar's are known for the spazzing behavior when their spooked. It will take time for the Gar to get comfortable to you approaching the aquarium.
Ok will do. Thanks for the advice
 
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Provide some more plants (floating and planted)for coverage and it’ll help to settle the gar down. Gar will lay on the bottom of the tank on occasion. Keep the water clean and do what tlindsey tlindsey has mentioned.
 
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Provide some more plants (floating and planted)for coverage and it’ll help to settle the gar down. Gar will lay on the bottom of the tank on occasion. Keep the water clean and do what tlindsey tlindsey has mentioned.
He seems better today, like he isnt spazzing about and breathing as heavy (pic attached), but he hasnt moved from that spot under the plant since i got home 3 hrs ago. I just fed the other fish and he didnt budge!!!

Man, whats up with this gar? I would have thought he would be a lot more happier being in a 230g than a 55g like he was in before.

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He seems better today, like he isnt spazzing about and breathing as heavy (pic attached), but he hasnt moved from that spot under the plant since i got home 3 hrs ago. I just fed the other fish and he didnt budge!!!

Man, whats up with this gar? I would have thought he would be a lot more happier being in a 230g than a 55g like he was in before.

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Next time you feed drop food in and back away out of sight.
 

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Next time you feed drop food in and back away out of sight.
Ok will do. Appreciate the advice.

Don't suppose you know what type of gar I have? I was told he is a spotted gar, but a friend of mine supposedly has a 'spotted gar' and the 2 look completely different. Like mine has more of a splatted pattern look with a long line streak from his gill plates and brown in colour. My friends gar has a really defined spots, no lines or splatted pattern and more silver in colour. Both were bought from the same LFS.
 
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