Marble Gar (Boulengerella maculata)


The marble gar is an ambush predator relying on the spotted and striped pattern to blend into the background as he (or she) slowly maneuvers near the victim before he (or she) strikes. Using small teeth the gar grabs the victim and chews it a bit before swallowing. If this sounds alluring then this is the fish for you. Marble gars are great aquarium predators, these fish are not monsters. The marble or spotted gar grows to “only” ten inches, unlike the Florida gar which quickly outgrows any fish tank. Also, marble gars get along with other species that cannot fit in their mouth. Some hobbyists adapted these predators to cichlid pellets, but please do not rely on that and have live feeders ready.

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