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Post by zungaro on Sat Oct 20, 2012 6:55 pm

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got my gar today in its new tank,hope to get it feeding soon grin

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Post by andrewo on Sat Oct 20, 2012 7:54 pm

Looking great! Good luck with it thumbs up
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Post by Paul on Sat Oct 20, 2012 7:57 pm

Love these fish yep Thats a wee one to. You shoul kep updating this thread it would be great to see its gowth rate. I imagine it would be fairly fast thumbs up
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Post by davey_c on Sat Oct 20, 2012 8:19 pm

WHAT A FISH and a cracker too thumbs up

how is the diy filter going for ye?
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Post by 2poc on Sat Oct 20, 2012 8:21 pm

Nice one, what kind of gar is it Brian?

I was just looking at a foot long alligator gar earlier today, serious fish.

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Post by zungaro on Sat Oct 20, 2012 8:54 pm

yep its meant to b an ali,i will be now flamed to death yep
.where was the ali gar Patrick

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Post by 2poc on Sat Oct 20, 2012 8:57 pm

The one I was looking at was in aquatic village. So hard to Id young gars, they all look like spotty toothy monsters when small...

Good luck with him, hope it is an aligator sure you're well set up to handle a beast like that.

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Post by bigcatman on Sat Oct 20, 2012 9:16 pm

Brian I han a spotted gar for about 6 weeks , it was growing and eating very well then it decided to jump out of the tank through a hole about 1.5 x 1.5 inches . When I discovered it it was nearly dead but I moved it back and forth in the tank for about 10 mins .It was just about swimming so I turned out the lights , next morning it was still struggling but unfortunately it died later that day .Moral of the story dont leave any hole uncovered thumbs up
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Post by zungaro on Sat Oct 20, 2012 9:20 pm

will do thumbs up

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Post by zungaro on Sun Oct 21, 2012 8:13 am

lookin through gar species profile,looks like its a spotted gar,tops out just around 2 feet,interesting we fish grin

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Post by minky on Sun Oct 21, 2012 1:15 pm

Nice one that is going to turn into one beauty! Its great getting them small and seeing them grow.
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Post by Kelly on Sun Oct 21, 2012 1:36 pm

Nice looking fish, keep us posted with the growth rate
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Post by zungaro on Sun Oct 21, 2012 3:20 pm

Davey the filters workin grand its got matured pot scrubbers in it ,all good so far thumbs up

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Post by davey_c on Fri Nov 02, 2012 9:29 pm

how is this little lad doing brian? did it take long to get him to feed or what did he try?
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Post by zungaro on Fri Nov 02, 2012 9:36 pm

its ate feck all,tried worms had a we look but didnt bite,bits of prawns,whitebait ,anchovys ,tried jigging we bits of fish tied to fishing line on a stick, no luck,and bloodworms and this afternoon put in a we swordtail which is still swimming about

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Post by bigcatman on Fri Nov 02, 2012 10:48 pm

Brian it took mine about 4 weeks before it ate anything and then it was only live stuff . I tried prawns ,krill and whitebait without any luck . At one point I tried starving it for 3 weeks to see if it would eat anything else but it wouldnt , so had to go back onto the live stuff . Stick with it ,you will get there thumbs up
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Post by davey_c on Sat Nov 03, 2012 12:33 pm

alright, just asking because i picked up an alligator gar in AV to clear my shop credit and was gonna compare notes haha.
ian only barely got him to take feeder fish after a week of trying different foods also! i have him in with my Pbass to see how he gets on... did you consider having other fish in the same tank to try help encourage the feeding to start?
your sure the swordtail isn't too big a size for him??
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Post by zungaro on Sat Nov 03, 2012 3:56 pm

yep thinkin of putting a baby giant gouramy in with it see if it helps to get the gar feeding.i will be droping of a 3 foot rtc and a pacu to av maybe this week,hoping to pick up an ali gar and maybe a pangassius.its a we swordtail should be ok.let me know Davey if you get the gar on dead stuff,from what i hear the ali gars are easier to get on dead and pellets ,but well see.
what size is the ali gar?good luck with it grin

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Post by davey_c on Sat Nov 03, 2012 4:50 pm

yea ian was saying you were dropping down, he's like a kid in a sweet shop over it haha. he has 1 gar left to sell. the gar is about 5" and he seems a bit inquisitive about what the bass do be up to so heres hoping. he just doesn't go down to the bottom much so i'mhoping that changes.
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Post by zungaro on Sat Nov 03, 2012 5:35 pm

yep u can see the difference between the spotted an ali alright,ali has a real wide snout,better give Ian a shout see if he,ll keep me one

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Post by davey_c on Mon Nov 05, 2012 11:44 am

having him in with the Pbass was being a bit hopeful. i was trying him on lance fish pieces but the bass were taking it on him. so today i suspended a piece by string in the flow of the filter (seemed to be where he stayed allot) stood back and watched. after a little while he went over and snapped it up... problem though, he didn't get it off the string so swallowed that too, had to net him and cut it where it left his snout because it was driving him bonkers!!
i'll have to find an easier way to string a piece that won't come off in the flow yet he can pull it off. i'm happy enough he fed though and hopefully now he'll stick to eating lance!
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Post by zungaro on Mon Nov 05, 2012 4:31 pm

think i ,ll try that Davey,put some elodea pond plants in today to see if it wanted some cover to settle it in.

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Post by geofftrainor on Mon Nov 05, 2012 9:34 pm

Thanks guys really enjoyed reading all you were saying .I cant wait to heasr the updates thumbs up
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Post by Kelly on Mon Nov 05, 2012 11:49 pm

Great wee read there, cracking pics clap
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Post by zungaro on Fri Nov 09, 2012 5:15 pm

got the last we aligator gar from Ians yesterday and got it feeding today,it took 3 bits of jigged slivers of fresh anchovy,REALLY PLEASED.
still cant get the spotted gar to feed but maybe it,ll learn from the ali yep

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Post by davey_c on Fri Nov 09, 2012 5:27 pm

cool, ian said ye took it alright, their a stunning fish.
pity the spotted hasn't fed but i've read elsewhere they can be tough to feed
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Post by zungaro on Mon Nov 12, 2012 6:12 pm

Wooohooo ,got the spotted gar to take some prawn jigged on a fishing line yep

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Post by Kelly on Mon Nov 12, 2012 6:47 pm

Great job, any pics of it
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Post by davey_c on Mon Nov 12, 2012 8:10 pm

zungaro wrote:Wooohooo ,got the spotted gar to take some prawn jigged on a fishing line yep

fair play brian, hopefully thats you on the pigs back now thumbs up
are both gars feeding now??
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Post by zungaro on Mon Nov 12, 2012 8:30 pm

thats both of them feeding on dead stuff,the ali is a greedy fecker,the spotted has ate 3 bits of prawns and fish today,well pleased didnt think that spotted was gonna feed at all grin

hows your ali gar doing Davey ?

try and get pics later Kelly

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Post by davey_c on Mon Nov 12, 2012 9:26 pm

delighted for ye, i'd say there was some sigh of relief when he ate 1st haha.

yea mine is doing well, a greedy fecker also.... he likes to hold the cubes in his mouth for the Pbass to eat from, now isn't that very thoughtfull of him laugh , till its at a size he can swallow.... and thats even after his fill of prawns eyes



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Post by minky on Tue Nov 13, 2012 11:27 am

Great news on them feeding, it wont be long before they will be munching onn your angle fish lol
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Post by zungaro on Thu Nov 22, 2012 8:56 am

those gars are growing quick,they have grown an inch and the ali gar is at least double the weight,it can eat big style grin

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Post by minky on Thu Nov 22, 2012 11:01 am

before you know it, it will be trying to eat you lol
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Post by zungaro on Thu Nov 22, 2012 11:17 am

http://youtu.be/xn6m12tqhd4

i wouldnt be suprised if this one hasnt eaten a few human meals

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Post by minky on Thu Nov 22, 2012 12:01 pm

lol thats awesome, about the size of a dolphin laugh
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Post by Paul on Sat Nov 24, 2012 8:43 pm

Great pics man yep glad i didnt miss these, great new addition wink
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Post by zungaro on Sat Dec 08, 2012 6:11 pm

http://flic.kr/s/aHsjD8nFwL
couple of pics of the gars,skinny one is the spotted gar,has grown mabe an inch or 2 and twice as thick from when i got it.the aligator gar was smaller and skinnier than the spotted bout 3 weeks ago ,at about 5".it is now 8" and several times the spotted gars weight in the 3 weeks.its eating up to 5 whitebait a day now.

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Post by minky on Sat Dec 08, 2012 6:19 pm

thats some difference in such a short time, you getting scared yet of what they may become? lol
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Post by davey_c on Sat Dec 08, 2012 7:07 pm

the gator gars can fairly have an apatite lol
their looking good so far thumbs up
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Post by zungaro on Sat Dec 08, 2012 8:13 pm

really enjoying growing this one out Minky,reckon it should be near a foot by the new year,from lookin into growth patterns from various peoples dealings growing out ali gars should hit 2 foot or over in the first year,3 foot the second year and then growth dramatically slows to an inch or 2 a year there after.
hows your gar doing Davey,suppose you,ve been concentrating on the tank build ?

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Post by davey_c on Tue Dec 11, 2012 6:18 pm

ah still have to look after the extended family(fish) pal lol.
mine is about the 8" mark also (maybe slightly smaller) but he's doing good. him and the aro don't see eye to eye the whole time but only some jousting between the two.... when the gar has a full belly though he's not a great swimmer so thats when he tends to hide.... ment to ask, does yours rub the glass with his nose much?.. mine does it a bit.

ian was saying 2 gars didn't survive after leaving the shop so was wundering if they are a bit soft when moving from waters to waters... anyhow they are quite interesting to keep grin
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Post by zungaro on Wed Dec 26, 2012 2:02 pm

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ali gar with spotted gar ,ali is now 10.5 inches and has been moved to the bath tank,today easily swallowed a fresh anchovy that was bigger than the spotted gar .glad i put it in new tank by itself grin

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Post by minky on Wed Dec 26, 2012 6:40 pm

flip thats some growth! you can really see the difference. MONSTERS!
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Post by 2poc on Wed Dec 26, 2012 9:51 pm

Wow... Watch out RTC's ;)

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Post by zungaro on Thu Dec 27, 2012 9:07 am

watch out my fingers at feedin time ! it has some serious teeth.it has a bit of a sinister vibe about him,similar to that Goonch i saw in pier aquatics,interesting fish and quite different from other fish i,ve kept

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Post by zungaro on Sat Jan 19, 2013 11:42 am

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ali gar is feeding great,couple of new pics,hes nearly 14" and getting very thick.the anchovy its eating is bigger than the gar was when i got it

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Post by minky on Sat Jan 19, 2013 1:54 pm

flip, thats some growth rate, class pics. Are you getting worried yet of what it will turn into? lol
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Post by davey_c on Sat Jan 19, 2013 5:02 pm

looking good so far... looks well fed thumbs up

minky maybe ye ment to ask was he geting excited over what it may turn into lol
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Post by 2poc on Sat Jan 19, 2013 8:07 pm

Stunner...
What is his temperament like Brian?

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