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Tropical Gars

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#1 Guest_choupique_*

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Posted 04 February 2009 - 12:04 PM

They are starting to show more personality. Since they are in the same genus as the alligator gar, I am hoping they act more like a gator, than say a spotted or Florida gar. Lepisosteus species I have had seem to beg for food sort of mindlessly, just pacing back and forth and getting all excited. Gators will stop and take notice of you, it is really a contrast. It will be interesting to see if another Atractoseus specie is the same way.

The gar peaking in from the left of the shot is the mediumnose ( longnose X shortnose).

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Edited by choupique, 04 February 2009 - 12:05 PM.

#2 Guest_Brooklamprey_*

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Posted 04 February 2009 - 07:26 PM

Oh they definitely have some personality!!! They tend to eventually become very aggressive about food too.
Atractosteus genus gars tend to act very different from lepisosteus in many different ways. They tend to have a bit more of a curious streak to them and tend to test more also.

Glad to see they are doing really good..

#3 Guest_choupique_*

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Posted 04 February 2009 - 11:28 PM

Yes, sorry about the long lapse in anything on these, or the other fish. I just got busy throughout summer, don't even remember if I got any shots of the river pond. Then came fall harvest and tons of things, and this winter has been a bear.

It is cool when I come up to the tank with the crocs and the gator in it. If I move too quickly, the crocs will slide to the back of the tank quickly. The gator will freeze and eye me up, then move off or stay put depending on whatever it must determine is the right thing for it to do. The tank with the trops and the medium, similar reactions, but the trops being a bit smaller and younger can be spooked by too much activity. I am interested in seeing how the trops interact with gator out in the pond this coming season when they catch up a bit more in size - if they do. Gator and the crocs put on a few inches this past summer too.

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Posted 04 February 2009 - 11:52 PM

About how big are the Trops now? They look (just estimating) roughly equivalent to mine from the same batch.

#5 Guest_choupique_*

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Posted 10 February 2009 - 09:15 AM

Between 10 and 11 inches long. They seem to be getting a bit more girthy starting late summer early fall and not growing in length as quickly.

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