Spotted Gar

  1. jganno Initiate Member

    Hi, I just got a Spotted Gar and 2 Blood Parrot Cichlids. I was wondering how often I should feed the gar? I was told to feed them feeders, but I read that feeders do not give them any nutrition. What can I feed them? Will they take pellets, frozen fish, etc.?
     
  2. cnidaria Initiate Member

    Hi jganno, here is what I found for you:

    history and physiology: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/huntwild/wild/species/spottedgar/

    all of the research that I did says that they will take any feeder they can get into their mouth including golds, shrimp, and minnows. The article also stated that they could be "trained" to take frozen and pellett.
     

  3. Akari_32 Fishlore Legend Member

    Welcome to FishLore! If you could fill in your Aquarium Info (by clicking your username at the top of the page, and then clicking on the "About Me" tab), that would be totally awesome :)

    The best thing to do with feeders is breed your own, and feed them a high quality pellet food, such as New Life Spectrum. Livebearers make good feeders because they breed easily and readily, and grow fast, given the care.
     

  4. jerilovesfrogs Fishlore VIP Member

    welcome to FL :)

    i believe a spotted gar gets pretty large....at least a foot...and is fairly aggressive. and i'm really not sure how they are with other fish...especially ones that cannot really defend themselves, like BPs...just because the shape of their mouths. what size tank is this?
     

  5. catsma_97504 Fishlore Legend Member

    Welcome to Fishlore.

    Unfortunately your 36G tank is too small for your fish. Here is some information on your fish:

    Gar: http://www.seriouslyfish.com/profile.php?genus=Lepisosteus&species=oculatus&id=438. Gars are serious tank busters; and due to their body makeup they need 1,000G tanks. From what I've read there is serious debate about whether or not these fish are appropriate for the home aquarium.

    Bloody Parrots: https://www.fishlore.com/aquariummagazine/feb09/br-parrot-cichlid.htm. To keep 2 of them you'd need at least 50G as they can grow to 8 inches or more.

    Your profile indicates you tank was just set up this month. May I ask how your tank was cycled? What are your current water parameters?