Needle nose gar

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by NicoFord, Jul 9, 2015.

  1. NicoFordValued MemberMember

    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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  2. Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

    Wow, so definitely too big for a 75. Very cool, though!
  3. NicoFordValued MemberMember

    Yeah way to big. It shouldn't even be sold in stores

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  4. Tdahl09Valued MemberMember

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

    Live everyday
  5. BDpupsWell Known MemberMember

    Nice looking fish!

    They are actually great aquarium fish given the right size tank ;)
  6. slayer5590Well Known MemberMember

    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.
  7. Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

    Good to know, but from what I have read longnose gar are also known as needlenose gar.
  8. alinkWell Known MemberMember

    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.
  9. NicoFordValued MemberMember

    Thanks got the great info!

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  10. Aloeb1Valued MemberMember

    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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  11. ricmccWell Known MemberMember

    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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  12. peacelizardValued MemberMember

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