Animal Stories - Needle Nose Gar


Animal-World Information about: Needle Nose Gar

The Needle Nose Gar is a surface dwelling fish that resembles a twig floating in the water!
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Benny Moreno - 2013-05-10
Here is another big fish!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-11
    The Needle Nose Gar is a big fish, not quite as big as the Arapaima, but still good sized at 12 to 14 inches. The first time I got one of these, many years ago, I ddin't know what I was getting. (I don't do that anymore...lol) But I put a little 4 inch guy in my community tank with a bunch of small tetras and guppies. Well.... can you imagine what happened? The next morning this guys tummy was like a little bubble gum ball, and ALL the other fish were missing. Yup, it was my first lesson in the importance of learning all about a new fish before I buy it:)
  • Benny Moreno - 2013-05-17
    you are that wont eat other fish
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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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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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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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Zack risner - 2011-06-27
I have the same problem mine won't eat anything.

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  • Anonymous - 2011-09-11
    Try neons.
  • David Brough - 2011-09-11
    Try small feeder guppies too. Neons are a bit expensive, no? I'd give him a few days if not a week to get acclimated as well.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-17
    Check water conditions and temperature as well.
  • Ron Thompson - 2012-03-17
    Thanks for the info.
  • scott - 2012-05-12
    The gar family will play with food before eating it. Then they decide if they really want it or not. Can take several minutes. Also they often don't eat right away. Feeder fish can live in tank for several days.
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john - 2011-12-05
Hi, I heard of a fish called the malaysian halfbeak and I was thinking about getting one. They look alot like this fish and are livebearers. They only get 3 inches long. Any suggestions?

bonus question: is there a way to comment on a group of fish instead of just one fish(like commenting on cichlids instead of say, firemouth cichlid)?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-06
    Yes, you can place a comment on the group page. Easiest way is to go HOME at Animal World. Then enter cichlids, goldfish whatever in the search. You will come up with the general page on that group and can enter your comments at the bottom. Have fun.
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melva fessler - 2010-03-23
I can not seem to get my Needlenose fry to eat, they won't take guppy fry nor will they take brine shrimp. What can I do?

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  • Editor's Note - 2010-03-24
    Needlenose fry? How cool is that?! How big are they? You could try squeezing a hard boiled egg yolk through a cloth or other types of live food. Check here for other types of food for fry.
  • motasem - 2010-05-29
    give them the tetra company food tetra min baby see it on the website below www.tetra.net
  • Dave - 2011-06-19
    Mine takes dead lancefish from a thin cotton thread suspending it in the tank..... Also broke his nose off swimming into the glass, he is fine, just has a shorter nose now.
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keith - 2011-03-25
I just added a Asian needlenose gar to my tank and in the processes the tip of his bottom jaw was damaged and fell off he seems fine and is acting normal but I am wondering if it will affect his hunting and eating. The piece that fell off seemed rather small and he opens and closes his mouth fine. Please reflect your knowledge.

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