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     For the October 26, 2005 Pet Fish Talk Show.
In this show the Bailey Brothers talk with callers and read questions from listeners.  
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Segment One. 
Fish in the News. Tim Callahan from Sweetwater, Florida, said he wrestled a 10-foot long Burmese Python that he found lurking in his backyard, trying to eat the exotic fish in his koi pond. Click here to read the entire story.
10-foot long Burmese Python try to eat Koi Fish.   A Burmese Python measuring about 10-feet long and trying to eat some of Tom Callahan's Koi from his backyard pond in Sweetwater, Florida.
Marriage Proposal at Adventure Aquarium.   Marriage Proposal to Andria Sannutti from Eric Large, who is in SCUBA gear and inside an aquarium at the Ocean Realm Exhibit at Adventure Aquarium in Camden, New Jersey.
More Fish News. The photo just above shows Eric Large wearing SCUBA gear in the Ocean Realm Exhibit of the Adventure Aquarium in Camden, New Jersey, proposing marriage to Andria Sannuttion on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2005. Andria, who was quite surprised, said "YES." Click here to see the original story.
Tom and Nevin encourage you to call Pet Fish Talk at 1-877-823-6217, toll free, during the show and comment about these stories.
Pink Convicts from Black and Grey Convicts? "I was just curious about black convicts my brother gave me 6 of them i had them in a 75 gallon tank well they had babies and my kids wanted to put them in another tank so as the got big enough we scooped them out and put them in a 30 gallon tank it was pretty cool watching them grow well anyway there's about 11 babies and 4 of them are pure white the parents are black and grey i was wondering is this common and if you buy them at a pet store how much would they go for any input is appreciated thank Scott "
A Nice Letter from Australia. "Dear Tom and Nevin, Hi! My name is Anastasia A. and I have been listening to your show, Pet Fish Talk, for about three years. I very much enjoy your show and feel I have learned so much from your show and website! Keep up the great work!! I recently picked up a couple of fish magazines, from a recent Pet Expo that my family attended back in August."
"I have cut out what I thought were the most interesting fish articles and have enclosed them, along with this letter. I hope you both enjoy them."
" P.S. I hope that Mother Bailey is doing better and will be home soon!! Although I live in New South Wales, Australia, I myself am originally from Wisconsin, just like Mother Bailey! Thank you ... Mrs. Anastasia A."
Guppy Experiment. Kenny from Wisconsin calls and says he is doing an experiment with three common, so-called feeder, Guppies, that he is breeding with Fancy Male Guppies to see what their offspring will look like.
Segment Two. 
How to Grow Live Plants. Mr. Jonathan Dooley in Indiana, calls and gives lots of good advice about How to Grow Live Plants in an aquarium. After the show he sent an email with several lists of the items that he discussed during the show.

"Heres some of the links from things I talked about today. :)

Web Sites with Information about Planted Aquariums.
"Also, from the NOVA program you were refering too, one of the people that had tanks on the show was Diana Walstad, author of "Ecology of the Planted Aquarium" (shown below). Her tanks are setup using a soil substrate, which is a completely different way to keep plants. :)

Click on this image to buy Ecology of the Planted Aquarium by Diana L. Walstad.   Ecology of the Planted Aquarium
A Practical Manual and Scientific Treatise for the Home Aquarist, by Diana L. Walstad.
Hardcover: 194 pages. Second Edition.
Highly recommended.

"As far are a beginner setup for plants, here's a good shopping list. :)

Equipment for Planted Aquariums.
1 10 gallon tank.
1 bag Flourite (15lbs)
1 glass top for 10 gallon tank
1 20" 28 watt power compact light strip (ESU makes one)
1 bottle Seachem Flourish
1 bottle Seachem Flourish Nitrogen
1 bottle Seachem Flourish Potassium
1 bottle Seachem Prime for water changes.
1 two-liter bottle, and airline for DIY CO2.
1 small filter (I use Aquaclear filters on small tanks, sans carbon, run airline from CO2 into intake)

Recommended Plants.
4 bunches Saggitaria subulata
4 bunches Bacopa monnieri
2 pots of Cryptocoryne wendtii
1 Anubius Nana
1 Microsorum pteropus (Java fern)

Clean up Crew for Planted Aquariums.
6 Neocaradina japonica "Amano shrimp"
2 Crossocheilus siamensis "Siamese Algae Eater"
6 Red Ramshorn snails (will start the breeding process, I usually have about 1 per gallon. Make sure you get the small ones, not the big Ramshorn Snails, as they WILL eat plants)

Other Recommended Fishies.
Smaller fish, such as Endler's Livebearers, Briggitae rasboras, Bluefin Killis, ect...

Maintenance in Planted Aquariums.
Follow all directions on Seachem bottles for dosing.
DIY CO2 re-charged bi weekly.
25% water change bi-weekly, keep siphon 1" from gravel.
As stem plants grow, prune the healthy top growth, and replant.
Lights run 10-12hrs daily, on timer if possible."

Jonathan Dooley
Aquatic Design and Maintenance Company

Segment Three. 
White Film on Aquarium Glass. Steve from Tustin, California, calls and says he's trying to get rid of a white film on the glass of his aquarium.
Names for Fish. "Hey there! I just thought I'd say I love this website, it's very informative and has provided me with a lot of useful information I didn't know. I figured I would let you guys in on another great fish name ...Gilligan! I love it. I'm on my second betta now and both have been named Gilligan! :) Elyse, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada."
Angel Fish. Steve of Corandan's Tropical Fish in Florence, NJ, calls and talks about the Angel Fish that he breeds. After the show, Steve sent us an email. "Nevin and Tom, thanks for taking my call to see my hatchery:
looking forward to talking again next week, Stephen Corandan."
Click on the link just above to see many pictures, like the one shown below, of Steve's beautiful fish and fish hatchery.
Angelfish, adults and small babies, shown in an aquarium in Corandan's Topical Fish hatchery.   Angelfish, adults and small babies, shown in an aquarium in Corandan's Topical Fish hatchery.
Are there Different Sizes of Bettas? "I really enjoy your site. I purchased a Betta at a local petshop, but unfortunately, it passed away after four months.  I wasn't really coached about the specific care of fish, but after reading your site, I learned so much more.  Can't wait to purchase a new male Betta and hope it has a longer life. Thanks for all of your info.  I do have a question, however; are there different sizes of Bettas, or do they come in one size? Regards Jessica L."
Segment Four. 
Angelfish with a Buoyancy Problem. "Bought two really nice golden Angels on a Friday. They were around 2-3 inches in body size. Everything was fine until Sunday when I went to feed
them. The larger of the two was bobbing around upside down etc.
obviously having buoyancy problems. With an hour or so it was dead. Didn't notice any other problems prior to this. Are swim bladder problems common in Angles? I've heard of them in Goldfish and Bettas. Anything else you can think of that might be causing the problem? Levi from Vancouver Canada."
Importing Angelfish? Josh from Ohio calls and shares his experiences about importing Angel Fish from overseas.
Feeding Fish for Color. Josh also talks about feeding his fish several different types of flakes to greatly improve their color.
A Big Sincere Thank-you to Kenny from Wisconsin, to Mr. Jonathan Dooley of Pondscapes INC. in Fishers, Indiana, to Dave of Tustin, California, to Steve of Corandan's Tropical Fish in Florence, NJ, and to Josh from Ohio 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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