View Full Version : Florida Longnose Gar

03-09-2010, 05:06 PM
So, someone on my local classifieds was giving away a florida longnose gar, and a 33 gallon tank, filter, heater ect. for free. Of course me being the person i am, contacted them and said i would have it. And i'm second on the list, so if the first guy doesn't show then i'll get it.

My question is, it's 14 inches long right now, and it's four years old. He says they grow to the size of the tank, and it wont grow any more then it is now, but my concern is that if i pick this tank up, this Gar will grow way to large, so if i do get this, should i donate the fish to PetLand so they can hopefully give it a home that would be better for it then this 33 gallon?

I really like this fish, it's neat.


03-09-2010, 05:43 PM
Longnose gar will grow to about 24"-36" in captivity. Them only growing to their tank size is a myth...as it is with all other fish. They are a great fish, but eventually do require a quite large tank. I had one in a 180 that was over 25" long and I am currently growing out a Longnose in a 75 that is around 13" now. He will eventually go in a 375. Hope this helps.

03-10-2010, 12:37 AM
Thanks, i think if i get the tank, i will keep him for a while to get the experience of having a predatory fish. And tell the pet store to ask any regulars to see if they would like it. So that i can experience it, and the fish isn't couped up in a prison. I hate it when people do that.

03-10-2010, 07:14 AM
That gar looks way skinny... best of luck whatever you decide.

03-10-2010, 01:35 PM
I am unsure of where you live, but If you do decide to keep him then give him away after a while, try Bass Pro Shop, Cabela's, etc. Most of those stores have the gigantic fish tank. There he will be fat and happy, hehe.

03-10-2010, 01:36 PM
That gar looks way skinny... best of luck whatever you decide.

That's normal for a Longnose gar. They have a much thinner profile than other gars.

03-10-2010, 06:22 PM
Thanks everyone, hopefully that person gets back to me. I'd love to try keeping a fish like this. Plus it's free, you can't beat that! Tank filter and everything!

03-11-2010, 05:51 AM
Darn, guy gave it to someone else. Maybe better luck next time. Still very interested in having a predatory fish though. Seems like a good experience.