Joined: May 29, 2007 Posts: 2181 Location: Hyderabad
Posted: Thu May 31, 2018 4:20 am Post subject: Re: Alligator gar water parameters
This is not to discourage you from fish-keeping hobby, but in all honesty alligator gars arent suitable for any aquarium/pond setup. I recommend you not to buy one if you are considering, even if you have a monster setup for following reasons.
It was never meant to be in aquarium trade in first place, you cant imagine a fish that potentially grows over 10' inside a tank. Some greedy/highly irresponsible/uneducated people push such monster fish(arapiama, large catfish, pacus, etc) into the trade.
Leave all the parameters aside, its a pretty robust prehistoric monster, known to thrive in any freshwater ecosystem be it fastflowing rivers to stagnant oxygen deprived pools- the most important 'parameter' being tank size. Tell me how can you keep fish that easily grows over 5' and has a potential for outgrowing any reasonable sized koi ponds? How long can you keep it, 3years,5years....? Alligator gars easily live over 20years.
Its entertaining to watch it rip apart and gulp down prey fish on videos/ might as well kewl (for a while) to keep alligator like fish for the inexperienced/unaware hobbyists...but truth is no one can house or maintain such fishes long term.
I have seen people enthusiastically buying 4-5" baby gars from highly irresponsible LFS, then in order to maintain it people upgrade tanks(if they are committed) typically starting from 3ft and going upto 6footer tanks. The fish in no time outgrows every possible setup one can afford and in the end it gets too difficult to manage. LFS cant take back such fish unless theres a highly unlikely/rare opportunity to shift it into a customer's pond.
In desperate times I have seen people resorting to measures like releasing them into natural water bodies(which IMO is a CRIME) where this monster of a fish out-competes the native species to the point of extinction within that habitat, one responsible hobbyist I knew ended up putting down a 4foot+ gar, fish he has been raising for years.
They are strong swimmers, its very common to see broken aquarium equipments and in certain cases they even break the tanks in flight response.
So I ask you whether this hassle is worth it?
This is a fascinating hobby, we have abundant supply of properly ornamental fish available to us these days, you can do a ton of legitimate assortment of setups ranging from(planted, biotope, marine, paludarium, compatible collection style setups). Then why waste our precious time, resources and floor space for things that are not meant to be in aquariums?
P.S. Please before you create a thread/post, go to respective forum from the list of subjects and post within that respective forum. Its not appropriate to post a 'monster fish' topic in a 'native Indian fish' section. It doesnt take much time.
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