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post #1 of 11 Old 12-31-2009, 06:03 PM Thread Starter
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Gar compatibility

How compatible would a gar be with my other fish? I have 2 black ghost knife fish, 2 pink kissing gouramis, and 1 pleco. I will definitely put in a spiny eel, not sure what kind yet, and some leaf fish too. I'm going to get them as soon as my new tank has finished cycling.
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post #2 of 11 Old 12-31-2009, 06:21 PM
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what size tank??

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post #3 of 11 Old 12-31-2009, 08:37 PM Thread Starter
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29 gallon
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post #4 of 11 Old 01-01-2010, 02:01 AM
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...you do realize the black ghost knife reaches to a foot or more in length...the pleco reaching upwards to a foot and a half, while the eel and leaf fish require some special set ups, and don't even get me started on adding a Gar to this mix...I may sound harsh, but what you're doing is terrible and will ultimately lead to you torturing the animals and wasting money. Understanding the necessities of YOUR PETS is your HIGHEST PRIORITY and BIGGEST RESPONSIBILITY

Twenty-Eight:
1 Otos, 6 Guyana Leaf Fish, 2 Malayan Leaf Fish, 1 Orange Head Tapajos, 4 Bronze Cories, 3 Peppered Cories, 2 Panda Cories, 1 Skunk Cory

Seventy-Five:
3 Thread-finned Acara, 1 Jurupari, 1 Spiny Eel, 1 Bristlenose Pleco, 1 Festivum, 1 Spotted Raphael



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post #5 of 11 Old 01-01-2010, 02:08 AM
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Not to mention the gars will get up to a foot or larger. I have seen them get to 20 inchs. in large tanks. No i would not recomend you puting them in your tank. You would need a tank of 125 gallons or larger to keep all of the fish in that you have mentioned. Sorry to be the bear of bad news. But i would rehome them asap. good luck to your fish. How big are you BGK's?
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post #6 of 11 Old 01-02-2010, 11:43 AM Thread Starter
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Got it. No gar. The BGKs are about 5 inches long. Kelso and I talked, and I'm looking into a 125 gallon aquarium. I'm giving the pleco away. In short, I'm trying to clean up where I messed up. Just curious, how big of a tank would I need to comfortably have a gar?

Also, leaf fish only require live food, not a special setup. If I do end up getting a spiny eel, it will be a peacock eel, the smallest, which only gets to be about 10". They both need hiding places which I can provide readily, and spiny eels like to dig in the gravel for worms, and I have a whiteworm culture growing at my house. I really don't want to argue, so I'll do some more research before buying anything.

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post #7 of 11 Old 01-02-2010, 11:57 AM
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Leaf fish are something I have been considering. They do much better in soft acidic water, which I naturally have. They also appreciate heavy plant cover and gentle flow. In a sense it's nothing too special, but it takes an effort to get what they like. The eels like a soft substrate, something like sand or 1-2 mm.

Twenty-Eight:
1 Otos, 6 Guyana Leaf Fish, 2 Malayan Leaf Fish, 1 Orange Head Tapajos, 4 Bronze Cories, 3 Peppered Cories, 2 Panda Cories, 1 Skunk Cory

Seventy-Five:
3 Thread-finned Acara, 1 Jurupari, 1 Spiny Eel, 1 Bristlenose Pleco, 1 Festivum, 1 Spotted Raphael


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post #8 of 11 Old 01-02-2010, 09:15 PM Thread Starter
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I have slightly acidic water, but mine's hard. My substrate is pretty close to 1-2mm, with some larger rocks here and there.
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post #9 of 11 Old 01-10-2010, 10:27 PM
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...you do realize the black ghost knife reaches to a foot or more in length...the pleco reaching upwards to a foot and a half, while the eel and leaf fish require some special set ups, and don't even get me started on adding a Gar to this mix...I may sound harsh, but what you're doing is terrible and will ultimately lead to you torturing the animals and wasting money. Understanding the necessities of YOUR PETS is your HIGHEST PRIORITY and BIGGEST RESPONSIBILITY
Yikes!

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post #10 of 11 Old 01-12-2010, 01:52 PM
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Yikes!
Ya, I get heated sometimes, hahaha

Twenty-Eight:
1 Otos, 6 Guyana Leaf Fish, 2 Malayan Leaf Fish, 1 Orange Head Tapajos, 4 Bronze Cories, 3 Peppered Cories, 2 Panda Cories, 1 Skunk Cory

Seventy-Five:
3 Thread-finned Acara, 1 Jurupari, 1 Spiny Eel, 1 Bristlenose Pleco, 1 Festivum, 1 Spotted Raphael


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