What Kind Of Gar?

Rtessy

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Browsing though Craigslist, because why not, and there's someone selling an alligator gar in a 55 for $60, and it's just sitting on the bottom and looks very unhealthy. I'm considering getting it, at least short term, and to try and find an acceptable home. I'm not sure I will, but can anyone identify the actual type of gar and it's care requirements?
 

Aqua Hands

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No, he is going to be huge and unless you have 1000g if not more then I would suggest it.
 
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Rtessy

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Thank you, I was worried it was a true alligator gar, I've seen a 6ft one of those snorkeling before... that sucks, poor little fishy
 

Aqua Hands

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Rtessy said:
Thank you, I was worried it was a true alligator gar, I've seen a 6ft one of those snorkeling before... that sucks, poor little fishy
yes, I have rescues and they not fun. they just lay there for the first month half the time.
 
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Rtessy

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In that case, thank you for being able to rescue some fish, it's tough. And thank you for your advice
 

OneLittleBubble

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They are a nightmare they can even break the tank if it's not strong enough
 
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Rtessy

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Guess that's a good reason he's only being sold for $60...
 

AquaticJ

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They can reach up to 10 feet.
 
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Rtessy

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AquaticJ said:
They can reach up to 10 feet.
Holy heck, and I thought the 6 foot one was big!
 
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Rtessy

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I really just need to stop looking at my Craigslist, someone was selling a 3 gallon tank that came with a yellow glofish (danio), a cichlid, and FOUR common goldfish! Not to mention some of the illegal stuff sold, eg silver arowana and terrapin turtles.
 

Mcasella

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Rtessy said:
I really just need to stop looking at my Craigslist, someone was selling a 3 gallon tank that came with a yellow glofish (danio), a cichlid, and FOUR common goldfish! Not to mention some of the illegal stuff sold, eg silver arowana and terrapin turtles.
Arowana are not illegal, asian are, but most of those have to have documentation and licenses to make sure you can keep it. Silvers are not illegal.
 
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Rtessy

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Oh frik no I totally mean Asian arowanas, my bad I know silvers are legal.... actually I might be able to still find that post...
The terrapin are so very illegal though
Edit: found it
 

ParrotCichlid

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Rtessy said:
Oh frik no I totally mean Asian arowanas, my bad I know silvers are legal.... actually I might be able to still find that post...
The terrapin are so very illegal though
Edit: found it
I guess people are selling terrapins because they don't care about breaking a meaningless, petty law?

It appears to be a real alligator gar.

Going against what most say here I would buy the tank and the alligator gar. At least you can probably find it a better home where it can grow out at least some of its size before dying.

If you don't then it will likely die in a year of ammonia poisoning. Just saying lol.
 

75g Discus Tank

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Where do you live?

If you live in the US, you can take the gar and relocate it to the Ohio Fish Rescue.
 
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Rtessy

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ParrotCichlid said:
I guess people are selling terrapins because they don't care about breaking a meaningless, petty law?

It appears to be a real alligator gar.

Going against what most say here I would buy the tank and the alligator gar. At least you can probably find it a better home where it can grow out at least some of its size before dying.

If you don't then it will likely die in a year of ammonia poisoning. Just saying lol.
Yeah, see I want to try and help, and it already looks in bad condition... I don't even know how to care for such large fish, I've only been keeping fish (correctly) for about a year! What are some good basic care for fish like this? I won't be able to take any in for probably three or four weeks, I have to move around and break down some quarantines and make some space.
75g Discus Tank said:
Where do you live?

If you live in the US, you can take the gar and relocate it to the Ohio Fish Rescue.
I do actually! My main concern is not being able to find it a home. My issue now is I'm all the way down in Georgia, and I don't know how to transport it up there. I'm thinking road trip would be way too long, and I've never tried shipping fish, and I'm not sure I'd like to start with a large one... Do you know of any reputable rescues in the South?
 

ParrotCichlid

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Rtessy said:
Yeah, see I want to try and help, and it already looks in bad condition... I don't even know how to care for such large fish, I've only been keeping fish (correctly) for about a year! What are some good basic care for fish like this? I won't be able to take any in for probably three or four weeks, I have to move around and break down some quarantines and make some space.

I do actually! My main concern is not being able to find it a home. My issue now is I'm all the way down in Georgia, and I don't know how to transport it up there. I'm thinking road trip would be way too long, and I've never tried shipping fish, and I'm not sure I'd like to start with a large one... Do you know of any reputable rescues in the South?
I started keeping large fish after just months of properly beginning this hobby. Its not much different than keeping small fish really. Just do lots more water changes, get the water tested more often and feed a varied meaty diet. Reading a care sheet for these online is all that's really needed.

Probably keep the tank bare bottom but put in caves, plastic plants and whatnot so the fish feels secure. An alligator gar I would keep in a bare bottom due to waste production.
 

Katie13

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Rtessy said:
Yeah, see I want to try and help, and it already looks in bad condition... I don't even know how to care for such large fish, I've only been keeping fish (correctly) for about a year! What are some good basic care for fish like this? I won't be able to take any in for probably three or four weeks, I have to move around and break down some quarantines and make some space.

I do actually! My main concern is not being able to find it a home. My issue now is I'm all the way down in Georgia, and I don't know how to transport it up there. I'm thinking road trip would be way too long, and I've never tried shipping fish, and I'm not sure I'd like to start with a large one... Do you know of any reputable rescues in the South?
I'm pretty sure we have a few here in Tennessee.
 
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Rtessy

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Great thank you! I'll do some more research, what I had previously turned up on alligator gar had been pretty nonspecific, so I appreciate the specific information. If it's still available once I get the space back, I may update this thread and make another more specific one... If it works out, he does seem to be in bad conditon...
 
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Rtessy

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I may try contacting the Georgia aquarium, I know they have some alligator gar... do you think they might take it?
 

Katie13

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What about a Bass Pro?
 
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Rtessy

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I haven't been to one in ages, I totally forgot about those! Thanks! I did know one with an alligator gar, probably around 4'.... I know I won't be able to arrange transport or anything until the weekend, but that doesn't stop me from calling around!
 

OneLittleBubble

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Just saying alligator gars can possibly break your tank if they are big enough and terrorize all the fish in your aquarium
 

ParrotCichlid

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OneLittleBubble said:
Just saying alligator gars can possibly break your tank if they are big enough and terrorize all the fish in your aquarium
Jesus man, you're making me want to buy one so badly!
 
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Rtessy

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OneLittleBubble said:
Just saying alligator gars can possibly break your tank if they are big enough and terrorize all the fish in your aquarium
I'll be honest, I don't really want to keep it, mainly just find it a better home and act as a middle man of some sort. Lol and I can't believe my landlord is letting me get away with the tanks I already have, not sure I could fit any more for any length of time really... it would be so cool though
 
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Rtessy

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Ugh, so, not such a happy update, but the post was flagged for removal, and I wouldn't have been able to go get it for two more weeks so I guess it just wasn't meant to be... I just hope wherever it is now, (if it is still alive) that the person takes good care of it.
Edit: though, since it was flagged for removal, it may still be with the original owner.... I'll keep my eyes open in case it pops up again.
 

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