Needle nose gar

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To give you guys an idea how big they get.this is a small one. So if you have an aquarium that big...good on you lol.
It's not a good fish for aquariums


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Wow, so definitely too big for a 75. Very cool, though!
 
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Yeah way to big. It shouldn't even be sold in stores

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Agreed! Fish that big shouldn't be sold for aquarium


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Nice looking fish!

They are actually great aquarium fish given the right size tank
 

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That is a longnose gar( Lepisosteus osseus) a true gar from the U.S. It grows up to 6ft and over 50 lbs. It is very uncommon in the pet trade. Needle nose gar( Xenentodon cancila) is not a true gar and comes from SE Asia. Grows to 12 inches and is commonly seen in the pet trade.
 

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slayer5590 said:
That is a longnose gar( Lepisosteus osseus) a true gar from the U.S. It grows up to 6ft and over 50 lbs. It is very uncommon in the pet trade. Needle nose gar( Xenentodon cancila) is not a true gar and comes from SE Asia. Grows to 12 inches and is commonly seen in the pet trade.
Good to know, but from what I have read longnose gar are also known as needlenose gar.
 

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slayer5590 said:
That is a longnose gar( Lepisosteus osseus) a true gar from the U.S. It grows up to 6ft and over 50 lbs. It is very uncommon in the pet trade. Needle nose gar( Xenentodon cancila) is not a true gar and comes from SE Asia. Grows to 12 inches and is commonly seen in the pet trade.
This is 100% accurate.

The Needlenose is the same Class (Actinopterygii) as Longnose, but thats as far as it goes. Shortnose and Longnose are in the same Genus (Lepisosteus). The Alligator gar is a close relative to the Longnose, they are in the same Family (lepisosteidae). The Needlenose Gar and Longnose Gar are as closely related as the Longnose and Pickerel or Northern Pike.
 
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Thanks got the great info!

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Once I was looking online and saw a home aquarium with a 9ft arapaima In it. I don't think fish that big should be kept in someone's house.


 

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slayer5590 said:
That is a longnose gar( Lepisosteus osseus) a true gar from the U.S. It grows up to 6ft and over 50 lbs. It is very uncommon in the pet trade. Needle nose gar( Xenentodon cancila) is not a true gar and comes from SE Asia. Grows to 12 inches and is commonly seen in the pet trade.
As Anders247 mentions, it is rather buyer beware now; not only can the experts not agree on proper binomial names for many fish, vendors do often sell misnamed fish.
You could do a scale count, but that tends to disagree with most fish, as they prefer to remain alive. . rick
 

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My friend has one. Not sure of the size but very cool to watch him hunt feeders. Otherwise, not a terribly exciting fish IMHO
 
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