12-15-2013, 06:42 PM
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Suggest a Gar for 120 gallon tank for fish newbie?
I'm brand new here and I'm going to jump off into the deep end for my first post!
I have experience in fishkeeping, but my forte is fancy goldfish, and only recently I've become the owner of some guppies and surprise killifish that hitchhiked in on some plants. I know next to nothing about Ancient fish, so I need a bit of help.
The other day I was with a friend, and her boyfriend said he has plans for getting a gar. However it immediately became clear that he wants it because he saw one in a public aquarium and thought it looked "cool", and doesn't know much about what they need. He said he wants a 120 gallon aquarium because "they grow to the size of the tank". I know this is definitely not true with other fish, and told him so, but he waved away my misgivings. He seems to have a lot of confidence, but he has no fish experience as far as I'm aware. I'm worried this will quickly become a disaster.
Can anyone with gar experience give me some tips on fish to suggest for him? Can any gars safely be kept in tanks 120 gallons or less? I'm going to try my best to ensure that he doesn't just come home with an empty tank and a gar in a bag....
Thanks very much!