do they need livefood?

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Ok so I really like gars and if I get the new tank setup I am thinking I would love to add one. They are so cute like little crocs and swim back and fourth so cool.

But one thing puts me off... Do they need live food like feeder fish?

Or can I feed them on pellets, shrimp and dried fish, mealworms that kind of thing?

I dont like the idea of feeding feeder fish I think everyone knows that :) Lol

Also any tips on these fish like they like driftwood or open water etc.

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brad0h replied the topic: Re: do they need livefood?

I personally think anything can be done, go for it.

We aren't joking when we say water changes and Prime are the best solution to a problem.
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DRACO replied the topic: Re: do they need livefood?

brad0h wrote: I personally think anything can be done, go for it.

i concur!

gar can easily be taught how to take frozen silver side...
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Matt replied the topic: Re: do they need livefood?

I'm actually getting one of these bad boys here shortly, and I'll tell you, from what i've read, as long as it fits in their mouth they're eat it.

So pellets, tilapia, shrimp, silversides pretty much anything seems to be fair game.

I don't plan on doing live feeders either, so he'll have to deal :P

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jnet replied the topic: Re: do they need livefood?

ok its set then :woohoo: Ill find a nice one Im not rushing out now or anything Im yet to buld the tank :)

I just did not want a picky fish.

Also is there a chance they will try and eat my rainbows? they are little but my oscars dont mind but will they be at risk in with a GG, gar and so on.

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Matt replied the topic: Re: do they need livefood?

Possibly, I mean at the end of the day they're still predators, so I wouldn't put it past them.

Just remember the mantra, if it will fit in their mouth, they may try to eat it.

Although I've got the exception to the rule going on right now in my discus tank, my 18" aro is chillin there because he started getting picked on. So there's a leviathan swimming above the small looking discus, but only till tomorrow when I go get my tiger shovelnose :D

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ehall67 replied the topic: Re: do they need livefood?

I cant Lie I would like to have a fish ThatI could feed live food to and it not be sick... and keep it in the classroom the kids would love it.. A fellow teacher once had a snake head he did that with...

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DRACO replied the topic: Re: do they need livefood?

if you can recall, i have several kind of fish in my tank that crave for
different type of foods.... i normally drop small mouse for my aro in
that tank... and guess what.... my huge pacu grab and stole one from my
silver aro... on the other hand, i normally toss tilapia booster pellets
in the same tank ang my pangs scoop them like vacuum...
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Matt replied the topic: Re: do they need livefood?

Yep, you really can train fish to eat just about anything. That red tail catfish I have is like a friggin hoover, he eats everything lol.

Goes after stuff like it owes him money, I don't even think my oscars were that voracious.

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ehall67 replied the topic: Re: do they need livefood?

MattsOscars wrote: Yep, you really can train fish to eat just about anything. That red tail catfish I have is like a friggin hoover, he eats everything lol.

Goes after stuff like it owes him money, I don't even think my oscars were that voracious.


So you are enjoying him then??

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