Fish in the
News: Nevin summarizes
a news story titled, "Taggers
Stare Down Sharks to Save Them
- Aquarium helps biologists study
primeval monsters." Click
here to read the whole story.
More Fish News:
A second news story titled, "Gelatinous
Plankton Pays Us a Rare Visit",
is about the
mysterious Black Jellyfish, Chrysaora achlyos, which is
making only its fifth known visit to Southern California
shallows this summer. Click
here to read the whole story.
Evan from Colorado calls and says he sent us a picture of his
new 20-gallon glass marine aquarium. Here it is,
Evan also says he's feeling a small electric current in
his 35-gallon aquarium. Nevin says this is called a
stray-current and could be dangerous. Tom remembers that
Evan has done several do-it-yourself projects and wonders if
this could be the result.
Raul from Tijuana, Mexico, sends us an email that
says he's going to set up a new 75-gallon aquarium soon, and
he wonders if he could use his 29-gallon aquarium as sump
with a wet and dry filter?
James' email says he's seen pictures fish called
Koi-Swordtails, and he wonders if these fish are a result of
interbreeding Koi fish and Swordtails. Tom and Nevin
reminisce about various unusual Swordtails, that they saw in
the past. Click
here to search for pictures of Koi-Swordtails.
Josh from Ohio sends an email that says he's seen
something new in fish store: Planting Rocks from Hagan. Josh
promises to call next week with the details.
Terry's email asks if Quick Cure will stain the
silicone sealer in aquariums? Terry also wonders about
refilling aquariums with a Python.
Dennis from Spokane, Washington, calls and says his
aquarium with a layer of gravel that's 3-inches thick seems
to be better for catfish than his other aquariums with a
much thinner layer of gravel. This is contrary to Tom and
Nevin's advice, but they still think that most fish will do
better in aquariums with no gravel or a very thin layer of
gravel. Dennis also has some interesting comments about
Rachelle M. sends
an email that says, "Hello, I have
been having trouble opening up your segments. I tried
Windows Media, Real Player, and even tried saving it to my
hard drive and opening it from there. It keeps telling me
"invalid or corrupt data was encountered". It has been
almost a year that I haven't been able to open these up. Do
you have any advice to help? The only thing I can think of
is the format you are saving it under is incompatiable to
the versions of the audio/video players I have (Real Player
10 and Media Player 7.0). Which version of Windows Media
Player are you using? Can you post them in more than one
type of media player?"
Nevin says he had similar problems, which were solved, when
he uninstalled then reinstalled the Windows Media Player.
here Technical Support on Pet Fish Talk.
Joe in the U.K. sends an email
that says, "I was looking around for a product that would
take the drudgery out of conditioning my water supply and I
came across a product from organic aquariums that conditions
the tap water almost immediately. Have a look at
Taylor's email says, "hi it is me Taylor again i have
wrote to you guys before and it helped well one of my gold
fish who i love very much has flipover disease and she is on
her back some of the time and i was wondering if you knew a
cure for this disease and if you could e mail me back the
cure or what i should do! i have looked up the cure on the
Internet and it says to give the goldfish a variety of food
and i am giving them a variety of food i am giving them
flakes floating pellets and bloodworms but i am not over
feeding them! please i do not want my fish to die so if you
could e mail me back as soon as possible that would be great
here to read about
Nancy in South Carolina sends
and email that asks, "Can Bettas live in an aquarium with a
pump flowing ... a regular set up, just as if you had, say,
Mollies or some other breed of tropical fish?"
from Flin Flon, Manitoba, Canada sends an email that
says, "Hi Guys! Ok I have a question for you ... My Oranda
Goldfish are acting strange. How you say? Well they like to
rest on their backs ..Yes I know you may be saying "um I
think they're dead" but they aren't. Nor do they show any
signs of distress. They are eating and even laying eggs! (20
gallon aquarium) So I ask you what on earth are they doing
this for? At first it was one of the more top heavy Orandas
.. So I thought well he'll just grow into his head :) ...
then the largest-7"- started doing it and he seems to enjoy
resting upside down inside a bell. Then the smallest female
started with this behavior ... who is also the egg layer-so
please any logic to this? I am treating the water with a
quick cure from the store just in case. I really love my
fish. They're really cute and well if I could cuddle them I
would so any help you can give me would be greatly
appreciated. xoxo Always your faithful listener. P.S Thanks
for putting my e-mail on your sight a few months ago ...
made my day! week! month! It was great!"
Mike from Seattle, WA, calls and says he bought a red
and blue bait fish. He wonders what kind of fish it is? So
he can buy a mate for it.
Tom thanks Evan from Colorado for sending us the
picture of his aquarium, which we posted near the top of this
Brian B. sends an email that says, "I currently have
a single male betta in a 2.5 gallon aquarium. He's on
his last...fins I suppose...he's been around now for at
least 3 years, so apparently I have done a good job with
him. Anyway, my next fish are gonna be female bettas, and I
wanna know how many females I could keep safely (Without
overfilling) into that 2.5 tank. I do plan to get a couple
of ghost shrimp as well too, just to help keep the tank
cleaner so that may factor in." Click
here for more information about keeping female Betta
Fish together in an aquarium.
Lisa B.'s email says, "I have 2 really pregnant
females. they have been showing for about a month and a
half. how long can they hold their fry. I also have a male
betta in the tank too. I recently changed the water .water
is 82* . should I take the betta out till they give birth? I
don't mind them eating the fry. I have all my tank can hold
right now 8 guppies ,1 betta , a catfish and a frog in a
ten gallon tank. what do you think I should do to get her to
have her babies before she pops? she wont really pop will
she? she's huge?"
Don T.'s email says, "hello PetFishTalk ! i am new a
new aquarist and still learning alot about the under water
world and find your site extremely informative. i look to
your site first if i need any questions answered, BUT i now
have a question that has yet to be answered. i recently
purchased a pregnant female molly from my LPS and it has
given birth to a lovely batch of 6 fry's, to my demise, the
mother has passed away from what i am guessing was due to
stress. now being so interested in breeding mollies, i have
purchased 3 female balloon mollies and 1 male sailfin molly,
i was wondering if the male sailfin and female balloon are
able to crossbreed? i've been surfing the web for quite some
time and have not been so lucky to find the answer, so i
turn to you to help me. is this possible? has it been done
before? i would hope so. i am an avid user of your site but
don't follow up on the live shows religiously because of my
time being spent mostly at work but an email response would
be greatly appreciated, thanks PetFishTalk!! i hope you can
help me answer my question and keep up the good work!!!"
Levi from Vancouver, Canada, sends an email that
says, "Hi guys. Discovered your site online and feel like
I've struck gold Love your call in program also. I've heard
you mention often that fish really don't require much light
other than when you are viewing them. Also I've heard you
stress the importance of having only about a quarter-inch of
gravel in your tank. I'm wondering if this is enough gravel
for the plants to take root in and not become airborne and
if more light is required if you have natural plants?
Thanks: Lee from Vancouver Canada" Click
here for information about keeping live plants in terra
cotta pots in aquarium.
Levi sent another email, "Hi guys. I recently bought
a small comet (under 2 inches). I purposely chose one with
black pigmentation on it. About a week after having it, it
lost its black pigmentations and is now all gold
(red). Why? A friend said it might be because the lights are
on in the tank for too long. I was wondering if it was maybe
the goldfish flake food bringing out its gold color. What do
you guys think?"
Levi sent us a third email, "Thanks for the great
information about having both a thermometer in addition to
the dial setting heater. I had my heater set at about
78F. When I got a thermometer for the aquarium there was
almost a 5 degree difference! I erred on the side of caution
and took the average of the two to adjust my aquarium
here for more about thermometers for aquariums.
Nevin says his neighbors gave him a 15 to 20-gallon
flower pot that he's turned into a container pond. Click
here for more about container ponds.
Angie B. sends an email that says, "Hi guys, I have 2
plecs in my 180 gallon tank. One is 11 inches long and the
other about 8 inches long. First how do you tell if you have
got males or females. Also the other evening they both stuck
themselves to separate rocks and started thrashing at each
other. Have I got a problem starting or will they be OK
together. They are in a tank with Angels, Mollies, Fighters,
Tetras, a Silver Shark and a couple of Scatts. I hope you
can Advise me."
M.J.'s email says, "Hello, I Just wanted to say first
off, I love your site. I am new to keeping fish and your
site has really taught me a lot. I have only been at this
about a month and a half and I already have 10, 29 and 40
gallon tanks going with different species in each. My
question today has to do with the 10 gallon setup. I have it
set up with some live plants, a biowheel filter for up to a
30 gallon tank and about 2" of fluorite substrate, which the
lfs said would be good for the plants. I cycled the tank for
about a week with the plants in it and then put 3 mollies
and 2 platties in it for about a week. I know these fish
were too big for the tank and also like the look of the neon
tetras in a smaller tank with good light. A few days ago I
got 6 neon tetras and 6 black neon tetras. They seem to be
doing ok. (I took the mollies and platties out and put them
in another 29 gallon by themselves, at least for now.) My
question is "is the tank over stocked?" My lfs said it would
be ok. They are all about 3/4" with a couple of black neons
slightly larger. I was also wondering if it is not
overstocked, would it be ok to put in a few fancy guppies?
Or do I need to move my little guys and plants to a bigger
tank? I know bigger is better, but I am limited on space.
Would a total of 15 small fish be pushing my (and their)
luck? Also, should I get a small pleco or cory to help with
algae? As you can probably guess, I have new fish owners
disease, also known as impatience. I am getting better, but
with so may beautiful fish out there, it gets hard
sometimes. Thanks for all your great info"
email says, "Hello! I wanted to
start by saying I LOVE your site! It has been very
infomrative for me! I do have a question to ask. I recently
bought a leopard puffer and was mislead about this little
guy!The people that sold him to me really didn't know
anyhting about him as they said they did, so I am having to
do a lot of research about him on my own. I had to transfer
him to his own "place" because I had him with a fan tailed
goldfish and he killed him, so I realized I needed to find
out about him. I was told he could be put with the goldfish.
Boy was that a MISTAKE!!!!! Are they normally shy guys? When
I approach the tank he seems to RUN to the other side. Then
he starts going all over the tank from top to bottom, over
and over again. It looks cute because he looks like he's on
a "roller coaster ride", but is this normal? After he calms
down, he will normally sit or cruise around the bottom of
the tank. Also, I read about "clamping the fins". What
exactly do you mean by this? I have found him at times with
his tailed curled around to the side of his body. Is this
what you mean? Now for the eating thing. The lady I got him
from told me he would eat the snails that actually come in
on the live plants. Not sure what they are called though.
She called them Bad snails. I have some in his tank, but I
have yet to see him eat any. All he seems to like is frozen
blood worms and occasionally frozen brine shrimp. I love
this little guy, but wish I had did my research before I got
him! I just don't want to loose him. Hope I hear from you
soon! Again, I want to say you have a great site! Keep up
the good work. Thank you!" Click
here for more information about Puffer Fish.
frustrated fish owners sent an email that says,
"Hello, My wife and I have been trying to get
our aquarium going for several months now. So far 9 fish
have died, and we are frustrated. When we got the tank from
my wife's sister, there were three goldfish in it, each
about 3 inches long. They had been in this tank for several
years. We immediately starting researching fish to see what
else we could add, because we are not big goldfish fans.I
found conflicting opinions, and added one blue gourami.
Everything was great for about 6 months, and then the
goldfish started dying, one by one. I remember no aparent
physical symptoms of any disease or damage on the goldfish.
Once the gourami was alone, we began to add other fish. We
added a paradise gourami and three tiger barbs. A few weeks
later the tiger bards died while we were away for the
weekend. The blue gourami began to show signs of being ill
shortly after that. I researched diseases and thought that
it might have ich. I treated the tank regularly, bit it got
worse and died. The symptoms changed along the way, looking
more like fin rot toward the end. We did a water 50% water
change and waited for the tank to cylce back around to
normal bacterial and ph balance before trying again. This
time we added a orange sail fin molly and a dalmation molly
in with the paradise gourami. After about two weeks the
dalmation died while we were away for a weekend, and the
sail molly showed signs of illness. The sail molly died
while we were away this weekend. The symptoms were the same
as the blue gourami, early signs resembling ich, but looking
more like fin rot as time progressed. All this time the
paradise gourami has shown no signs of any illness. My wife
and I are frustrated and about ready to give up. Can you
help us? Last week I had our water tested and it was
perfect. We use aqaurium salt and I have also added some
slime enhancer/fin repair to try and reduce stress. What is
going on? Thanks for your time.
Two frustrated fish owners."
Andrea's email says, "Good
day! I had a question about guppies. I have two baby
guppies and they are approximately one month old. How long
until I can tell what sex they are? They look plan thus far
like there mom, does that mean that they are female? Oh,
and I heard something about the water temperature
determining the sex of the guppies. Is this true and if so,
what temperature should the water be to get male
guppies? Thank you foryour time!!!! Have a great day!!!!"
Tim from Holland, Michigan, sent an email, "Hi, My
Name is Tim, and I'm from Holland MI, (on lake michigan). I
have a two tanks right now; a 40gal. with a school of fish
and a 55 gal. with a mating pair of
oscars. I am trying to sell these tanks off, so I can move
to Grand Rapids for school. When I move i want to set up a
vivarium. I was thinking I could get a bathtub and build it
into a stand, with an acrylic sheet to extend the depth of
the water portion. I could invert the plug switch to the
outside of the new tank as well as the faucet switch. By
these means I can remove and add water from the outside
easily, posibly using an undergravel
filter. I plan on having an Archer, Earth-eater, mud
skipper, painter turtle, some tadpoles, frogs, and a water
dragon. I think it would be easy and interesting to add
crickets to feed everything once in a while.I was wondering
if you have any advice or equipment ideas to help me acheive
Evan from Colorado calls back again and wonders if
the stray-current in his aquarium is harmful to his fish?
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