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Today's tip: Most gar are not good mixers -- especially alligator gars.
Shortnose Gar. Gars lurk below spillways and dams waiting for stunned prey to drift past. Most consider them great fighters, but no one wants to eat them. Some fishermen break off their beaks and throw them back to die. They make great (large) aquarium fish for those fish keepers that like predators.
David Summa says these are South American gars. We'll put him on our
Board of Correctors.
David Summa says these are South American gars. We'll put him on our Board of Correctors.
A: Thanks for the info. I'll add it to my webpage. LA
Rocket Gars. From South America, these "gars" also stay small -- usually under a foot. Not hard-shelled like our gars, these guys seem to like salt in their water. Give them a teaspoon or two per gallon.
South American Gar. Little "gars" are cute -- except to other fishes. This one has bonked his beak enough times to grow a callous. Put some plastic plants at each end of his tank. Not really sure how large these guys grow. Their markings make them an attractive fish.
Cory Wentland, Rochester, MN, July 1, 2013
Hi, I noticed on your Gar factsheet on your website you have a picture of two fish which are labeled as South American Gar, and then there is a comment stating that they are Pikeheads (Luciocephalus pulcher). The fish you have pictured are actually Boulengerella lateristriga or the Striped Pike Characin. Pikeheads have a much more blotchy pattern while Striped Pike Characins have very straight lines compared to jagged ones. The mouth of a Pikehead also is more like the mouth of a largemouth bass the way it opens compared to the mouth of a striped pike characin which has a mouth much more like a gars. I hope this information helps.
Thank you for such wonderful information on your website!
Striped Pike Characin Boulengerella lateristriga-
Video of Pikehead eating Luciocephalus pulcher-
Hungry Eaters. Gars (and most other predators) snag their food any way they can. They prefer to swallow them head first.
So they flip them around until they get them lined up correctly for ingestion. Fish fins make fish hard to swallow tail first. Try it some time.
Once the head goes in, it’s lights out for the food fish.
on an adult alligator gar look like the teeth on an alligator. They also
grow to ten feet long -- way too big to keep in an aquarium. Where's
those northern snakeheads the feds were so afraid of? These guys
would eat several of them for breakfast. Up to about three feet they
make an entertaining
“Hey, watch this guy eat” type of
fish. We really can’t recommend these fish for anyone -- especially
if they have children around.
Last Word: Gars make intriguing fish to keep in a large tank. Full-grown gars get way too big for most people. Happily, they stunt down to fit in smaller tanks. Give them at least a 55. LA.
Dylan Shearier, April 23, 2006
A: Good to know, Dylan. I'm adding your comments to our gar page. Send me your profile address, and I'll add it also. LA
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