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Old 11-07-2005, 08:06 PM   #1
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I saw a fish but forgot the name - it looks like a crocodile

can someone please help me.
I saw a fish at the pet store.
It was in a tank full of oddballs.

It looked like a crocodile/alligator.
It has a snout that is very rectangle shape and its very flat.
kinda like this


anyone know what fish I'm talking about
they were selling it for $1000
and they also had a clown knife for $500 !!

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Old 11-07-2005, 08:13 PM   #2
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shovelnose cat?

http://www.planetcatfish.com/catelog...dopl/329_f.php
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Old 11-07-2005, 10:42 PM   #3
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I found it !!!!

its called a GAR FISH !!

http://monitor.admin.musc.edu/~cfs/s.../gar_fish2.jpg


anyone heard of it !!
it looks cool, but $1000 is very expensive.
and I think you need a BIG BIG tank



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Old 11-07-2005, 11:12 PM   #4
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You don't need a big tank for Gar's. You need a HUGE tank.
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Old 11-07-2005, 11:27 PM   #5
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Gar's do get huge! I am amazed by the price tag! Unfortunately our lfs routinely sells different types of gars. Of course they are tiny when they are at the lfs, but none have sold for over 80.00 yet. What kind of gar is it at your lfs?
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Old 11-07-2005, 11:50 PM   #6
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Gar's do get huge! I am amazed by the price tag! Unfortunately our lfs routinely sells different types of gars. Of course they are tiny when they are at the lfs, but none have sold for over 80.00 yet. What kind of gar is it at your lfs?
i'm not sure what gar it is
do u have any pictures of the different species ???
If you do, I can identify it.

about the price tag.
I'm not sure if it was an adult, but the gar fish was about 8-10inches long.

and the clown knife was about the same size too.

but they looked pretty bored in the tank. Neither the clown or the gar was swimming, just resting on the bottom.
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Here is one page listing some types. I've never seen a gar that large at the lfs, about 6" is the max. And they were still asking $80.00. It was at the lfs for a long time, but eventually someone did buy it. Don't know if that was a good thing or not, hopefully they had a big tank. The lfs had it in a 45 gal.
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Old 11-08-2005, 12:01 AM   #8
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from memory, it definitely looks like the spotted gar
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Old 11-08-2005, 12:21 AM   #9
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Maximum wild size listed usually smaller in home aquaria
figure 30-36'' for either species then add 1-2 feet extra width for the tank due to the scalation gars have a very wide turning radius so your looking at a 48inch wide tank minimum
Lepisosteus oculatus- spotted gar 4'
Lepisosteus platyrhincus- florida gar 4'
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I think Toirtis has a few of these bad boys.
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Size depends on which type you get, the smallest being the shortnose gar which gets about 22 inches, the largest is the alligator gar which in the wild it's maximum length is a little over 10 feet. They don't really know how big an alligator gar gets but thats the biggest size caught yet.
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hahah

To put in perspective of how big they can get I found this pic....
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Hmm . . . wouldn't fit into my 55 . . .
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Hmm . . . wouldn't fit into my 55 . . .
Maybe if you folded it in half.
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Re: hahah

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To put in perspective of how big they can get I found this pic....
8O 8O 8O

OH MY GOODNESS !!
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I believe there is also such a thing as an "Alligator Gar", native to the Everglades?

**EDIT** I didn't realize that page 2 was swamped with Alligator Gar info... haha!
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Texas record Alligator Gar is 10 feet and 300 lbs and that fellowe peoples is a whole lotta fish-Anne
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Maybe if you folded it in half.
HA HA!!
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Oh and lets not orget the ever popular crossbreeds
Lepisosteus platostomus x Atractosteus spatula- Crocodile gar type I
Lepisosteus platyrhincus or oculatus x Atractosteus spatula-Crocidile gar type 2
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yeah, I see those selling at my LFS all the time...almost bought one once. haha. that would have been a mistake.
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