11-28-2006, 04:41 AM
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Originally Posted by bettababy
Caferacermike said it best... plain and simple, don't buy something like that, end of story. Our zoo is full of them because people go to a LFS and buy one, and within 6 months they are over a foot long, and eating everything in the tank. They currently have a few that are 4 - 5 ft. They're impossible to keep healthy in a home aquarium of under 1000 gallons because of their size and messy eating habits. The LFS I worked in has one, a customer bought it as a cute little 3 inch baby, and 6 months later it had cleaned out his tank and was costing a fortune to take care of. It eats 4 - 6 mice each week, along with anything else it can get a hold of... fingers no exception! They jump, are very strong, and now even the LFS is wondering what to do with it a year later because it is now approaching the 3 ft mark, on it's way to up to 5 ft in length.
The person who brought them to the LFS market needs to be hunted down and forced to suffer what these poor fish suffer when people buy them and take them home. It's not kind to the animal or your pocketbook. Leave it at the LFS and find something more suitable that will fit into your tank.
Best detailed post I've read along with Mike's simple post. I, myself, did see them as game fish as Tophat had mentioned.