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Robert Saris - 2011-08-13
I just bought a needle nose gar yesterday and I tried to feed him goldfish but he didn't eat them. The fish keeper said that's what he fed him is there something wrong with him or is he just getting used to the tank? It's 100 gallon.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2011-08-14
    I would give him a couple days to acclimate to the new environment - he is probably nervous right now. You may also want to try other types of live food in the meantime - such as shrimp or crickets. He might eat frozen shrimp that have been defrosted as well, although most don't like frozen foods.
  • David Brough - 2011-09-11
    Are you feeding the same size goldfish as what the keeper used?
  • chrissy st jules - 2011-10-10
    the first persons right just let him get used to his tank i bought a older oscar last month he's about 10inchs long and 2 wide and he didnt eat for 2 weeks until he was ready and used to his surroundings and i tried everything different size gold fish and feeders pellets brine shrimp i mean everything and he wouldnt do any thing it almost had me worried but now hes eating like a champ :) :) hope it works out for ya
  • john - 2011-12-20
    Odds are that the gold fish are too round, try feeder minnows or guppies.
  • Alex Gtp Parrette - 2012-01-20
    mine ate as soon as they hit the water.
    it helps to have smaller fish, like very young minnows, in the tank
  • Shawn Handley Jr. - 2012-04-05
    Mine ate the same day I got him -- like only 3 or 4 hours after I got him.
  • Jason - 2012-10-03
    Give him dew worms you buy at the boat store, cut them up in small chuncks and make sure he see's them when you drop it in. I really like my Gar because he takes up the top of the tank and the other fish take up the bottom, he doesn't bother other fish , unless there small.. But yes worms mine loves. He begs almost you open the lid he goes right to you and sits there and will take it right off a tooth pick. Thanks for reading my two cents lol.
  • melissa - 2012-11-04
    I cought a baby garr and i feed it minnows. that is it best food if u can get some try that . i cought mine in a cast net it was just a baby and now its about a 20 inchs.
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Adam - 2012-10-30
If I put an arowana in a 50 gallon tank will its growth slow down to livein a smaller environment?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-10-30
    Definately not.  These fish will quickly out grow the tank and such a small tank would add a lot of stress on this fish.  These are long fish and need a very long and wide tank.  Depth is not as important.
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Pablo - 2012-10-06
Very good article!!. I have a SAL. He is 26' and almost 8 years old (with me at least). I have him in a 155gal tank with big south american cichlids (Oscars, Midas and Jack Dempsey), but the lung fish is my favorite!!. They get along ok

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john - 2011-12-14
Hi, I want to set up my 20 gallon fish tank with 3 senegal bichirs and 2 of these guys. What would be a good price for one and just to let you all know a 20 gallon is the biggest tank I can have. The bichirs aren't an option thanks to my brother.

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  • ashley - 2012-03-23
    20 gallons might be fine for two butterflies, but the bichirs are going to need something A LOT bigger than the tank you have once they reach their full size. The senegal bichir can grow to at least 16 inches in length if cared for properly. I only have one, but I'm transferring him to a 40 gallon breeder tank soon.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-23
    Butterfly fish aren't always the easiest fish to keep. Should have a well cycled tank and good water exchange.
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Specter99 - 2012-09-12
I want one where do I get one (please reply)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-09-17
    They are available off and on for retailers. Try your local fish store, if they don't have one in stock, they can probably special order one. Also you could try online.
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marisol - 2012-01-27
I have 2 Needle nose.. they have 5 babies... I don't how care? They have 3 days old... what do you recommend.. thank you

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-27
    Scroll up in this Animal World article and you will note that these little guys are carnivores so if it will fit in their mouth, they wil probably eat it. So I'd remove the babies to another tank before they are seen as fish food. They can be fed small pieces of brine shrimp.
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Flo - 2009-02-27
If feeders are stored in the tank with Gars will they eat when they are hungry or get use to the feeders and go with out food? I have been puting shrimp plets in the tank because I'm afarid that they are not eating the feeders...

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  • ronnie - 2012-02-05
    they will eat when they get hungery i buy six dozen at a time for two they last about a mounth


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ber - 2010-09-24
I have only a 10 gal tank for now cause all my fish are still really little, and I plan to get a big tank soon so they all have their own areas... but I have an african butterflyfish, 2 red tailed sharks, 2 mini sucker fish, one reg sucker, my cute lil guppy, and my fave, my jack dempsey.. it's funny to watch them because, my lil jack hangs out with the bigger of the two red tailed shark, the guppy hangs out and follows the smaller red tailed shark, and the rest just kinda do their own thing..but the weirdest thing cause my red tail and my jack never leave each others side..they swim side by side, and act like the big bosses together? Weird right? It's funny cause they are so little! Is that normal for the two species?

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  • sub - 2011-08-13
    Check your red tail for lost scales, jacks are very territorial it my look like it's following each other but they're nipping off scales from each other I have a jack and he does the same and I almost lost my sunshine peacock.
  • Scott Emberly - 2012-02-13
    your jack will probly kill everything in your tank when he gets a bit olderhe will probly just swallow them whole if he dont tear them apart first
  • Alex Burleson - 2012-02-13
    I regret to inform you, that as this aquarium, and its inhabitants mature, and grow, you will experience quite a few problems.

    1. You will need an aquarium the size of 55+ gallons to accommodate all of the fish's growing needs.
    2. Your Guppy, as the other fish grow, will be attacked, or perhaps eaten by one of the fish in the aquarium.
    3. The 'sucker fish' could also be attacked by either the Butterfly Fish, or the Jack Dempsey.

    As for fish 'hanging out' beside each other, this is normal behavior.

    Good luck with your aquarium, and fish!
  • Pattie - 2012-03-31
    I had a Jack Dempsey for years. He was my Favorite. You should move him into a very aggressive tank because he is or will become very aggressive. He will eat everything he can catch. He will get very large also. If you want to keep the butterfly, and the sharks move him. All so the if the suckers are Chinese Algae eaters. They are cool to but when they get big they to get aggressive and will suck the sides of the other fish and kill them. Do lots of reading on the fish you want to put together before you do. You could loose some nice fish. The sharks and guppies are in danger of becoming a meal of the others.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-31
    Odder matches have happened. The first time the Jack gets hungry you may see the 'cute lil guppy' end up as food. Jack's do get very aggressive as they age. That is good that you are planning on upgrading your tank! Go with a 55 gallon tank or larger.
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john - 2011-12-19
Hi, I just found one of these at petco and was wondering if I should get it it and will i be able to keep it in a 20 gallon with a green puffer and some senegal bichirs.Please answer fast because I have a feeling someone else wants it too.

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  • Anonymous - 2012-01-13
    These fish need about a 55 gallon tank and need to be fed live food like goldfish if your bichir and puffer are too small they will get eaten but you could have those fish in there for 3 months and then upgrade
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rick - 2011-10-28
Can african butterfly fish stand salt in their water 0.03 salinity?

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