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  1. Default general gar care: please help


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    After my hundred gallon pond is stocked with goldfish and my turtles i would like to get another pond and put in an alligator gar or two. i realize they get huge and am willing to put in a huge pond to meet his/her care. In the winter he would come in or we will heat the pond. But i am just curious as to how to care for them, i cant find much helpful information on line. And yes i have had a pond before so i know the care for them. And there is a store near by that sells some young ones everyone in a while.

    how many gallons or liters would you recommend for one, nothings to big i was going to get a almost 2000 gallon pond set up.
    how deep should the pond be, length, width.
    what temperature would you recommend and any other information you think is important.
    thanks!

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    how big is the gar you plan on getting? I would prefer to grow them inside in a controlled aquarium until they reach a good size before putting them into a pond.

    keep in mind they like tropical temps. not sure where abouts you live, but anywhere with a cold winter will cost a fortune to keep such a pond heated. as for pond size, bigger is always better.
    Thar she blows!!!

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    he's a tiny bit bigger than a foot. The stores had him a for a while i mean who besides me would like a gar that gets huge. So i guess the almost 2,000 gallon pond works for when he gets bigger. I can always set up our large inflatable impossible to pop pool inside during the winter.

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    he is about a foot or so the store has had him a while.

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    Have another tetra, you need more fish anyway :) - steeler58 Good advice on the Flame tetra, I can't rep you any more, so have a "cherry barb" - steeler58 Now you have 15! - Slaphppy7 T.G.I.F.! - Slaphppy7 Have a Cory!! - steeler58 
    Good Luck - pRED Sorry about the betta - Slaphppy7 to your next Betta - Fishhook Bottoms up! - Slaphppy7 Chin-up - Cliff 
    sorry for your loss. - cm12setx T.G.I.F.! - Slaphppy7 Enjoy the 4th my friend! - Taurus Sharring my winnings - steeler58 Thanks for the rep :) - rebecca_finny 
    for giving a catfish its first taste of human. - cm12setx pizza for all.  I finished my book today!!! - fishmommie For being MOTM - steeler58 looking forward to more rapid river videos - showmebutterfly A little late, but congrats MOTM! - Slaphppy7 

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    What type of gar is it? Here in TN they are native fish and live through some pretty cold winters, though I know a pond will get colder than a river.
    Increasing your biodiversity increases your stability.

    You know what this tank needs? ........................ Crypts.

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    Sorry about the copy don't know what happened, its an alligator gar(Atractosteus spatula) they get big, i believe biggest gar in north America. The largest caught that i can find was like 365lbs and 8' 6'': something like that.( wild caught they tend to stay smaller in captivity).

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    Have another tetra, you need more fish anyway :) - steeler58 Good advice on the Flame tetra, I can't rep you any more, so have a "cherry barb" - steeler58 Now you have 15! - Slaphppy7 T.G.I.F.! - Slaphppy7 Have a Cory!! - steeler58 
    Good Luck - pRED Sorry about the betta - Slaphppy7 to your next Betta - Fishhook Bottoms up! - Slaphppy7 Chin-up - Cliff 
    sorry for your loss. - cm12setx T.G.I.F.! - Slaphppy7 Enjoy the 4th my friend! - Taurus Sharring my winnings - steeler58 Thanks for the rep :) - rebecca_finny 
    for giving a catfish its first taste of human. - cm12setx pizza for all.  I finished my book today!!! - fishmommie For being MOTM - steeler58 looking forward to more rapid river videos - showmebutterfly A little late, but congrats MOTM! - Slaphppy7 

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    Hmmmm, I would think that it would handle colder weather (you'd have to dig a big ol' pond), but don't take my word for it. I'll defer to Crispy on this one.
    Increasing your biodiversity increases your stability.

    You know what this tank needs? ........................ Crypts.

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    Friends don't let friends drink alone, and I'm there for you man - Cliff After all that virtual alcohol it's time to sober up with some virtual food - mommy1 I can't drink alone mate - ScottishFish I won't thank you because it's a thankless job 7 also I cannot find any CUC type gifts but thanks [ - 850R Cheers bud - Cliff 
    Time for a Pint? I cannae drink alone - ScottishFish Implied message here. - mommy1 Congrats MOTM !!! - Cliff Cheers! - escamosa I dunno why I'm giving you a skunkloach as your prize,. They just sound cool! :) - escamosa 
    Merry Christmas - KingFisher Merry Christmas - Cliff Merry Christmas!! - ScottishFish Happy X-mas! :-) - MCHRKiller Thanks for the birthday wishes - mommy1 
    A cup of coffee to get you going on that build. - Strider199 Merry xmas! - ScottishFish Merry Christmas - mommy1 Happy New Year - mommy1 Thank you for the birthday wishes. - mommy1 

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    I'd keep it inside in a controlled environment to grow it out some. 6'x2' 180g would be a minimum growout size tank. 2' of length it should be ready for a pond.

    I would add small schoals of fish and eventually the gar should be big enough to take rosy reds/minnows/goldfish that you can supply once in the pond. gars are finicky eaters, you'll hafta experiment with different foods which is why I would start it off in an aquarium and find out what your particular gar likes to eat.

    always good to feed them a variety if possible; raw shrimp/prawns, smelt/silversides, earthworms, superworms, crickets, grasshoppers, etc.
    Thar she blows!!!

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    OK that sounds like a good idea and i have also found a platinum gar that im interest in but any way the pound will be very big.

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    Have another tetra, you need more fish anyway :) - steeler58 Good advice on the Flame tetra, I can't rep you any more, so have a "cherry barb" - steeler58 Now you have 15! - Slaphppy7 T.G.I.F.! - Slaphppy7 Have a Cory!! - steeler58 
    Good Luck - pRED Sorry about the betta - Slaphppy7 to your next Betta - Fishhook Bottoms up! - Slaphppy7 Chin-up - Cliff 
    sorry for your loss. - cm12setx T.G.I.F.! - Slaphppy7 Enjoy the 4th my friend! - Taurus Sharring my winnings - steeler58 Thanks for the rep :) - rebecca_finny 
    for giving a catfish its first taste of human. - cm12setx pizza for all.  I finished my book today!!! - fishmommie For being MOTM - steeler58 looking forward to more rapid river videos - showmebutterfly A little late, but congrats MOTM! - Slaphppy7 

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    Don't like to mow huh?
    Increasing your biodiversity increases your stability.

    You know what this tank needs? ........................ Crypts.

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