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dean30bb
06-11-2008, 04:58 AM
hi
i know somewhere i can get some gars but how big do they get and can they go in with oscars
also how fast do they grow?

thanks

Lady Hobbs
06-11-2008, 05:05 AM
They grow very large and should not be with oscars. They can get over 2 FT and your oscar would be lunch.

dean30bb
06-11-2008, 05:47 AM
oh ok thank u

Sasquatch
06-11-2008, 12:07 PM
Uhm ... what kind of gar. There is a pretty wide range, 10" to 40", depending on species.

Demjor19
06-11-2008, 01:09 PM
You may be suprised by this, but the Oscar would very likely bully the gar and eventually kill it. Gar have a reputation of being a big bad fish, but in reality they are very passive and only have interest in tankmates that are of an edible size.

Lady Hobbs is correct in the fact that they can reach lengths of 2'+ and a few species are capable of reaching Double that.

Demjor19
06-11-2008, 01:14 PM
Uhm ... what kind of gar. There is a pretty wide range, 10" to 40", depending on species.

This is definitely a very important factor although no "true gar" species stops growing at 10". Typically the most common gar found in the hobby is the Florida/Spotted Gar and they max out around 18-24 inches in captivity. They are also usually the smallest of the gar species...with the Shortnose and Tropical gar sharing a similar captive max size.

dean30bb
06-12-2008, 12:58 AM
i dnt really know what type of gar it is but i no it has a slender body and a long nose and its silver with a bit of marking on it i still havent really read up on them yet.

Lady Hobbs
06-12-2008, 01:00 AM
http://www.floridaconservation.org/fishing/Fishes/gar.html#florida

Maybe you can find yours here.

dean30bb
06-12-2008, 01:05 AM
kool thanks
it looks like that first one

Demjor19
06-12-2008, 10:14 AM
kool thanks
it looks like that first one

could you get a picture of it? what size is is now?

dean30bb
06-13-2008, 02:59 AM
i mite be able to get a pic of it cas i havent brought it yet untill i found out how big it gets and if it could go with oscars so ill try and get a pic also its about 20cm long only small

Demjor19
06-13-2008, 12:26 PM
i mite be able to get a pic of it cas i havent brought it yet untill i found out how big it gets and if it could go with oscars so ill try and get a pic also its about 20cm long only small

yeah, get a pic and i'll tell you what kind it is. either way i would not suggest buying it and placing it with an oscar (or any overly aggressive fish for that matter), but i'd just like to see what species it is.