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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denny - 2010-06-13
Will gar hurt the fishing population in a lake, such as crappie, bluegill, or bass?

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  • anonymous - 2010-08-03
    I don't know (if they survived, they probably would find a way to overturn the ecosystem, though), and any responsible owner wouldn't even ask that question. You should never, EVER release captive fish into the wild. That includes ones that you find wild! (They can catch non-native diseases from the water or tankmates, diseases the fish have no resistance too.) This ESPECIALLY applies to non-native fish. Not only can they introduce disease, but if they survive (big "if", that's another reason not to do that), even a fish with a comparatively small size limit, like the needlenose "gar", would likely wreak havoc.

    The babies of most fish would be fair game, causing population drop, and even though it is probably small enough that something could eat IT, I know just from seeing this fish in pet stores that it is both fast and agile, not to mention that the fact that they're paranoid. (I realize there's probably a good reason for this, but everything I've read says that in some way or another.) That makes me think it would run rampant on the off chance a population develops.

    If you don't believe me, look up these fish on Google (or whatever engine you use) "snakehead", "silver carp" and "walking catfish".

  • The Grim Reaper - 2011-01-22
    I personally wouldn't know the personality of the fish but NEVER EVER release a non-native fish species into a lake, stream, brook, any body of water that isn't a pond that you built for fish or your fish tank. Please as a part of the next
    generation DON'T. My generation already has a lot of work cut out for us as it is. And if you did release the fish, Fish with small minnows until you catch it.
Mitchell nimmer - 2010-03-31
I am looking for a new fish for my 55 gallon tank. I have a senegal bichir in there now. Will these two get along nicely? if not then what other fish will work with him? Thanks.

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  • john - 2010-09-05
    I have 3 bichar and 4 different types of chiclids in there and my needle fish does fine, even during feeding time. So as long as they're too big to swallow, you should be ok with putting needlefish with anything.
  • Amanda - 2010-11-03
    Yes the Needle Nose Gar will get along with him. With a Bichir, you don't want a fish smaller than 3 in. But if you are interested in adding a Gar then you need to add only bigger fish. The Gar is a glutton; it will eat anything. Also a Ropefish will get along really well with a Birchir. All these fish require the same type of environment (temp, pH, hard water, etc.).
Kris - 2008-12-29
He had a blood blister on his bottom lip, it looked like a cluster of grapes. Today his blister fell off but it took half of his bottom lip off and then it died. What kind of illness was that?

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  • Jason Krastins - 2010-03-08
    Sounds like he ran too hard into the tank and injured himself. They;re very easily spooked, and shouldn;t be kept with anything that can spook them easily.
noah - 2009-02-16
How big do needlenose get?

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  • Katie - 2010-03-05
    Up to 16 in.
Sean - 2009-07-30
Great fish that stays on top and minds its own business. I had 2 but passed away, but not hard to keep at all.

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  • Daniel - 2010-03-04
    Yeah, I got a question. I had a needle fish before but it died. So I was going to asked you this question because your an expert with this type of fish. I need to know how my needle fish died, I had everything, water temperature, food, and that's about it. I don't know if it needs something else.
mom - 2010-02-12
They are super awesome!