The Florida gar is one of the more common species in its family, found throughout the temperate and subtropical waters of the Southeastern United States. Like all gar, they are predators, feeding on fish, frogs, and vertebrates. In the wild, these fish can reach 3 feet or more in length and should be considered only suitable for the largest custom aquariums or large ponds. With its range in warmer regions, this species is more tolerant of tropical temperatures than many of its relatives but still prefers water on the cooler side than most aquarium fish.
Florida Gar MEDIUM
Florida Gar (Lepisosteus platyrhinchus)
Origin: Wild Florida
Diet: Predator and live fish eater. Can be weaned on to frozen foods
Adult Size: 30″
Recommended Tank Size: 300 gallons. Best suited to a medium to a large pond
Compatibility: Generally peaceful towards any fish large enough to not be eaten. Should be kept with similarly sized fish.
Preferred Water Parameters
pH: 6.8 – 7.8
Temp: Prefers slightly cooler water than most tropicals – 65-76F
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