Care Level: Moderate
Minimum Pond Size: 800 gallons
Water Conditions: 51-73° F, KH 1-8, pH 6.0-8.0
Max. Size: 10‘
Origin: Central and south-eastern states of the USA plus northern and central Mexico
This is one of the largest freshwater fish species in the world, and clearly shouldn’t be considered a home aquarium subject at all given its eventual size and the fact it can live for well in excess of 50 years.
Unfortunately, juveniles are seen for sale quite regularly in the aquarium trade, normally without adequate information provided regarding their long-term care.
Gars are among the most primitive fish species still alive today. They have a modified, vascularised swim bladder that is connected to the pharynx and allows them to breathe atmospheric air to a certain extent.