The Needle Nose Gar is a long thin fish that can reach up to about 16 inches (40 cm) in length. It swims close to the surface and looks much like stick, so is sometimes referred to as a Stickfish. The Freshwater Garfish is a relatively timid, schooling fish, so does best kept in groups of 3 or more. Its mouth is full of rows of sharp teeth and that might make you think that this is an aggressive fish, but the Silver Needlefish really isn?t. Those teeth are used strictly to hold their live meals. It will grab its prey whole in its mouth, then adeptly maneuver it about to be swallowed.
Care and keeping of the needle nose gar
Needle Nose Gars are fairly easy to care for and a good choice for an intermediate fish keeper. They do need a large tank and have a rather nervous behavior. Other inhabitants kept with these Needlefish should only be those that are a similar size. Tank mates need to be large enough so they cannot be swallowed by a needlefish, and this is larger than you may think. Freshwater Garfish are able to eat prey that is almost twice as thick as their bodies are. Care also needs to be taken when cleaning the tank. These fish have been known to inflict nasty and painful bites.
The Needle Nose Gars are primarily carnivores, a predator that in the wild mainly eats fish and frogs, but will also eat insects and crustaceans. In the aquarium they can be feed meals of live shrimp, fish, crickets and even tadpoles.
What to know about feeding aquarium fish
In nature, fish eat whenever they are hungry and the food is available. If food sources are plentiful, they will eat several times a day. On the other hand, if food sources are scarce, they might go for days between meals. For this reason, fish are very opportunistic and will eat whenever they have a chance.
Regardless of one or two feedings, the key is to keep each feeding very small. Do Not overfeed your fish. Whenever in doubt, the best practice is to underfeed your fish. There are a lot of health concerns related to overfeeding your fish.