Florida Gar (Lepisosteus platyrhinchus)


The Florida gar is one of the more common species in its family, found throughout the temperate and subtropical waters of the Southeastern United States. Like all gar, they are predators, feeding on fish, frogs, and vertebrates. In the wild, these fish can reach 3 feet or more in length, and should be considered only suitable for the largest custom aquariums or large ponds. With its range in warmer regions, this species is more tolerant of tropical temperatures than many of its relatives but still prefers water on the cooler side than most aquarium fish.



Florida Gar (Lepisosteus platyrhinchus)

Origin: Wild Florida
Diet: Predator and live fish eater. Can be weaned on to frozen foods
Adult Size: 30″+
Recommended Tank Size: 300 gallon+. Best suited to a medium to large pond
Compatibility: Generally peaceful towards any fish large enough to not be eaten. Should be kept with similarly sized fish.

Preferred Water Parameters
pH:                          6.8 – 7.8
Temp:                     Prefers slightly cooler water than most tropicals – 65-76F
Ammonia:              0ppm
Nitrite:                    0ppm
Nitrate:                  <30ppm

Shipping Note: Due to size, the need for extra packing, and space requirements, larger sizes may not be eligible for our flat rate shipping. We strongly recommend shipping large fish via air cargo when possible. Please contact us for a quote or for additional shipping info.