Fish in the News:
A live, adult giant squid has been caught on camera in the wild for the very first time.
Japanese researchers took pictures of the elusive creature hunting 900 meters down, enveloping its prey by coiling its tentacles into a ball.
The giant squid takes the bait - and gets snagged.
The squid finally escaped, but lost a tentacle.
here to read the entire story in the BBC News. Click
here to read more in the New York Times.
More Fish News: On a quiet Sunday in Manila,
Philip Santamaria, chief of the Fisheries Quarantine
Service, seized a cargo of 30 pieces of five-inch piranha
called "Serrasalmus", four pieces of 15-inch piranha
weighing a kilo each, along with other tropical fish.
here to read more about this story. Click
here for more information about Piranhas, including a
Tom and Nevin encourage you to call Pet Fish Talk and talk
with them about these two stories.
Richard says he's interested in breeding Gouramis and wants
some advice. Tom and Nevin recommend breeding Dwarf Gouramis
and talk about breeding them.
here for more information about Dwarf Gouramis.
This Male Neon
Blue Dwarf Gourami is about 2.25" long. The Neon Blue
is a color variety of the Dwarf Gourami.
shows a female Neon Blue Dwarf Gourami about 2" long.
You can see the difference in coloration and shape.
Substrate for Planted Aquarium.
Chris from Maryland wants to start a planted aquarium and
wonders what kind of substrate to use. Regular caller Dan
from Dallas called the show back on April 13th and gave a
detailed description of his most successful planted
to go to the Listening Guide for that show, then scroll down
that page to find Dan's comments, including "... using the mineral
called laterite and a
special 50-50 actinic light bulb".
Breeding Ghost Shrimp.
Abraham found a bunch of baby Ghost Shrimp in his Emperor
Aquarium Filter. Click
here for more information about Ghost Shrimp. We talk
about breeding Ghost Shrimp and Blue Lobsters.
Bettas Feel Pain.
Tricia from Houston, Texas, reports that her Betta Fish died
as she and her family evacuated Houston before Hurricane
Rita arrived. Tricia wonders if her Betta suffered before it
Guppy with Three Eyes.
Kenny from Random Lakes, Wisconsin, calls and says his male
Dalmatian Molly has now turned completely black. Kenny also
says he had a baby Guppy born with three eyes.
Breeding Swordtails. illiam wonders if he can keep and breed Swordtails in a
20-gallon aquarium. Click
here for more about Swordtails.
Gold Tetras. ocky from Michigan calls about his Gold Tetras, which are
not gold and he wonders why?
Katie M. wants to know if she can paint decorations in her
aquarium with acrylic paint? Wallpaper for
Chris from Maryland calls and says he sent the email that
we read in Segment 1, asking about substrate for planted aquariums.
We also talked with Chris about painting the bottom
and the back of aquariums. We also discuss covering the bottom of the aquariums to make
the fish feel more comfortable. Chris and Nevin talk about
using water resistant wallpaper as a background for
Vern sends us another email, and says he's restocked his
39-gallon aquarium with an Oscar, Silver Arowana, Blood
Parrot Cichlid, Electric Blue Hap., and a Bumblebee Mbuna.
Now he wonders if he can keep these fish in his 100-gallon
Lion Head Goldfish.
Bonnie from Iowa calls and says she needs information about
her new 3" Lion Head Goldfish. Tom lists the three groups of
compatible Goldfish. Click
here for more about those groups. Nevin lists some compatible
Goldfish that could go in the same aquarium with Bonnie's
new Lion Head.
Two New Fish.
Evan from Colorado calls and says he's got two new fish, a
Blood Fin Tetra and an Otocinclus Catfish.
Here's a picture of some
Blood Fin Tetras like the one Evan from Colorado
recently got. Blood Fin Tetras are schooling fish that
develop bright red fins.
Here's an Otocinclus catfish
like the one that Evan recently got.
Catfish. Mag R. is worried about her Upside Down Catfish, whose
whiskers are curled, and she wonders if it's OK?
Josh from Ohio calls and says he recently bought two
Festivum Cichlids, which is the common name of Mesonauta festivus, a
species which is also called the Flag Cichlid, that
occurs in a wide distribution in the Paraná River basin, in the
Paraguay River drainage in Brazil and Paraguay, in Amazon River
basin, in the Guaporé (Brazil and Bolivia), the Madre de Dios
(Peru), the Mamoré (Bolivia), and the Jamari and Tapajós
(Brazil) River drainages. We talk with Josh about fish from
the Amazon. Click
here for more about fish from the Amazon.
Filters for a 150-gallon Aquarium.
Jim says he bought a used 150-gallon aquarium at a garage
sale and wants some tips about how to set it up. Tom
recommends either no gravel or a thin layer of gravel no
more than 1/4 inch thick. Nevin recommends two Emperor 400
Filters or two Penguin 350 Filters with siphon tube extensions.
This aquarium will weigh up to a ton, after it's filled, and
needs a professionally made stand on a floor that can
A Big Sincere
Thank-you to Kenny, Rocky, Chris, Bonnie, Evan, and Josh for
calling the show. Tom and
Nevin encourage YOU to call Pet Fish Talk during the show and talk about your pet fish.
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