How to Succeed
with Your Needlenose "Gar"
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Not Really a Gar: Needlenose gars are not true ganoid scaled gars like we find in our U.S. rivers. However, they look like gars and everyone calls them gars, so we'll continue traipsing down that same trail.
Chummy Predators: Needlenose gars prefer to hang with their own kind. They don't share their prey but almost hunt in packs -- more like a loosely formed group. When they spot prey, they put on surprising bursts of speed. They snag them with their needle-sharp teeth, work them around, then swallow them head first.
Water Comments: This crud grew all over him in about two days. No idea what it is. I did a 95% water change and added 1/4 cup of salt to his 10-gallon tank. The crud went aaway the next day. Don't know if it was the cure or coincidence.
Prefers Low Light: Needlenose gars prefer subdued lighting. Java fern grows quite well under the same lighting conditions they prefer. They don't really hide in the shrubbery, but they seem to appreciate a planted tank.
LA Skinny needle-nose gar from Asia. Usually stays at top.
Top Dwellers: You'll usually find needlenose gars lurking at the surface. Make sure you keep yours covered. When startled, they can leap out. At the very least, they will bonk their beaks on the ends of their tank. Put some plastic plants on your tank ends to buffer their beak bonking.
Live Food Only: You may convince them to snack on deceased fish, but they certainly prefer live ones. In captivity, needlenose gars get mostly a fish diet. In the wild they consume mostly crustaceans. If you have access to feeder ghost shrimp, your needlenose gar will appreciate them.
LA Same needlenose after swallowing lunch.
Excellent Dentition: Needlenose gar possess the necessary teeth with which to capture prey. They are numerous and quite sharp. Needlenosers ignore large fish but keep on the lookout for swallowable size snacks.
Swallowers not Chewers: Needlenosers don't chew their food or tear it to shreds. Neither do they gulp them instantly like an oscar. After some necessary twitches and body jerks, they jack their prey around and swallow it down in one bite. Usually one fish will do. Sometimes they'll manage two.
More Pics: That pretty well covers what I know about needlenose gars. I've never bred them. They seem to need a larger tank capacity to continue their species. No spawns but lots more pix to look at. LA
LA Neat looking "gar." No bonked beaks here.
LA Nine-inch needle-nose gar with bonked beak.
LA Big guys usually ignore the little guys. But do not trust too much disparity in size.
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