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  1. Default Please help me identify this Gar and give information about it.

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    I am trying to find correct information about this gar. To begin with, what is itís proper name!? I have had so many different people tell me so many different names for it. I would like to know if I am caring for it properly - though I have had it a year in a 75 gal. tank and it is doing very good so far. I have heard that it will eventually need a 200 gal. tank, etc... I feed him feeder fish but Iíve heard they have no nutritional value. Do I add aquarium salt to his water? His tank mate is a Clown Knife Fish, so far there are no problems between them. Can I put my 3 inch Piranha in with my gar? My Piranha is in a 20 gal. tank - alone - and hides almost all the time in the "rock house" I have in the tank for him. Any help with identification of this fish, feeding instructions, and answers to my questions would be helpful.
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    This is a needlenose gar, Xenentodon cancila. Not a true gar but related to the needlefish.

    Your piranha should be kept in a species tank in a school of its own kind. This is why it is skittish and hides most of the time.
    Last edited by Aeonflame; 02-02-2013 at 02:46 AM.
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    +1. also don't be surprised if your clown knife eats the needlenose eventually.
    your friendly neighbourhood arowanaman!

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    +1 also.

    It's not very kind to keep piranha alone. They are very nervous fish who suffer great stress in isolation. They should be kept in groups of 6+ in shady tanks with lots of cover.
    "Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known." Carl Sagan

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  5. Default thanks for the information and advice!

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    Thanks for the information and advice. I really appreciate it.
    1. I will find a new home for my needlenose so that my knife fish doesnít eat it. Or - should I keep the needlenose and get rid of the knife fish? Which will get the biggest? How big will the needlenose get?
    2. Because my Piranha belongs to my grandson I will keep him and get 5 more but will he eat Piranha that are much smaller than him. He will be in a 75 gal. tank with lots of hiding places.
    3. I will keep my knife fish in my other 75 gal. tank and hope to get a 200 gal. tank asap - unless he will eventually need something OVER 200 gal. ThatĎs too much tank for me. If a 200 gal. tank is ok for him what other fish can I keep with him?

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    the knife will grow much bigger and bulkier. tankmates for a large clown knife would be other large fish. this requires a larger than 200g tank depending how many tankmates you want.
    your friendly neighbourhood arowanaman!

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