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12-02-2008, 01:49 PM
What is the smallest tank you could have for a gar?
Thanks for the help!

12-02-2008, 01:57 PM
The answer to this would really have to be species specific. There isn't a "one size fits all" when it comes to gar...there average max sizes in captivity normally fall anywhere between 18" to 60" depending on the species in question. If you can find out what species you are looking at...I can give you a more accurate answer.

12-02-2008, 03:30 PM
depends on the species. a 24" one would need a tank 72x36x22, 36" one would need a tank 96x48x24, and so on

12-02-2008, 04:16 PM
Here is a list of rough max sizes of Gar in captivity...by species.

Florida Gar (Lepisosteus platyrhincus) - 18-24 inches
Spotted Gar (Lepisosteus oculatus) - 18-24 inches
Shortnose Gar (Lepisosteus platostomus) - 18-20 inches
Longnose Gar (Lepisosteus osseus) - 24-36 inches
Tropical Gar (Atractosteus tropicus) - 18-24 inches
Cuban Gar (Atractosteus tristoechus) - 20-30 inches
Alligator Gar (Atractosteus spatula) - 40+ inches

These are all rough estimates and there will always be exceptions to these sizes.

12-02-2008, 04:19 PM
I hope you have a huge tank if you are considering one of these!

12-02-2008, 04:53 PM
How big would the tank need to be for a Spotted Gar??

12-02-2008, 05:26 PM
Its listed above by Cocoa and Demjor! 72x 36x22 minimum!
Please get the tank before the fish!

12-02-2008, 05:52 PM
I don't think I'm getting that fish any time soon! lol

12-02-2008, 06:27 PM
I don't think I'm getting that fish any time soon! lol

Here is a list of more fish you have to think about not getting! LOL

12-02-2008, 06:34 PM
Thanks for the link!

12-02-2008, 06:45 PM
Thanks for the link!

No problem! I hope it helps a bit.!

12-02-2008, 08:13 PM
The minimum tank size for an adult Florida/Spotted Gar would be in the 6'x2'x2' (180 gallon) range. I have kept many adult Florida/Spotted Gars in a 180 with no space issues what so ever.

12-02-2008, 08:29 PM
Some day when I have the space and the money I'll get one !!
I think they are really cute!