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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Jay - 2020-05-16
Has anyone ever kept the Needle Nose with Tiger Barbs and Clown Loaches? I am wondering if they would try to eat the Tiger Barbs? My Barbs are rather on the large end so I was wondering if I could add a trio of Needle Nose with them? The tank is 75 US gallons.

CelebesHalfbeak55 - 2015-03-21
Will Needlenose Gars go well with Oscars?

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  • Tara Vaughn - 2018-09-05
    My 7.5 inch Needlenose and my 2.5 inch oscar have been 100% fine together. It's as if they don't even know each other is there.
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.
  • Scott - 2017-04-10
    Yes it will upset the natural balance
Knife Fish Lover - 2015-01-30
Can i get a substitute for live food?

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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.

Benny Castillo 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 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 Castillo Moreno - 2013-05-17
    you are that wont eat other fish
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.
  • 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.
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.
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.
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