This species is spotted on the posterior part of the body and to a lesser extent on other parts of their body. Spotted, Florida and Shortnosed gars are smaller than the other species and may be more suitable for aquariums. The tank should be decorated in accordance to gar behaviour. Regarding water the most important thing is keeping the water clean and well circulated. Alligator gar, Atractosteus spatula Alligator gars have a short broad snout and two big rows of teeth in the upper jar. Gars breathe air and should be left with a few inches of space at the top of the tank that allows them to breathe atmospheric air. Even with the smaller species you are still going to need a rather large aquarium. They are very friendly towards fish that are to big to be eaten.
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