12-16-2012, 03:58 PM
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Gar's are natural fish eaters and I wouldn't really recommend trying to change his diet if he is eating ok and is healthy, but you can attempt to make him change.
I would personally try starving the tank for a couple of days, the gar has got used to eating live bait for 4 months and does not associate a non moving object as his usual feed, he is not hungry enough to eat something new so ignores it, if he still refuses just keep him on his live bait.
With live bait you dont need a quarantine tank, I used to keep 2 buckets, put enough bait into 1 bucket to feed your fish for about 10 days, keep it in there for about 10 days before using it, when you start using the first bucket buy 10 days of live bait into second bucket and keep rotating, in other wards you are quarantining your bait, anything untowards with the bait should show up, inspect your bait for flukes or spots etc before feeding, at least this way you have drastically reduced any nasties getting into your tank.
Let me know how you get on