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     For the April 06, 2005 Pet Fish Talk Show.
In this show the Bailey Brothers talk with callers and read questions from listeners.
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Listening Guide with Comments, Pictures, and Links for this Week's Pet Fish Talk Show
Segment One. 
First we quickly summarize last week's show. Then ...
Vince from Ohio calls about his four Jack Dempsey Cichlids that are not growing, and he wants to know what to feed them to get them to grow. We give Vince some tips about how to get his Dempseys to grow, including washing his gravel and then removing most of it from his aquarium. Less gravel is better in most freshwater aquariums.
Ernesto sent this picture of his big aquarium with an Oscar.
Ernesto sent us the picture, shown above, of his new 100-gallon aquarium and his Oscar. Click here to read Ernesto's email. He wants to know what other fish can go in his new aquarium? Click here for more information about Oscars, including a list of compatible tank mates.
Jenny just bought an African Black Knifefish and wonders if it is compatible with her Oscars? Click here for more about African Black Knifefish, including several videos showing their unique swimming motion.
Rebekah from West Virginia calls and talks about her snails and the Betta Fish that she adopted this week.
Segment Two. 
We continue to talk with Rebekah about the Betta Fish that she rescued this week. We also remind Rebekah that her fish bowl needs a layer of cultured gravel about 1/4" deep. Click here for more about keeping a Betta Fish in a bowl.
Rebekah says she likes to write poetry, and she wrote a poem titled, "The Pet Fish Talk", which she reads to us. Rebekah, we appreciate your poem. Thank you.
Adrian from Denver calls and says he heard the poem and, "You guys must be loved!". We agree with Adrian. Then Adrian reports that he moved his Mystery Snails to another aquarium, and those Snails opened up and returned to normal. We talk about why the snails closed up in the other aquarium.
Adrian has more questions about managing his African Cichlid Aquarium. Click here for more about the Mbunas Cichlids in Adrian's aquarium, and then click here to read the story about the big aquarium full of Mbunas in Giselle's Restaurant. Adrian hits the nail on the head, when he says an Mbuna Aquarium is an on going process.
Nevin talks about the Tilapia Cichlids living in the huge pond with the group of Hippopotamus at the San Diego Zoo.
We read an email from Mark C., in Columbus, Georgia, who wants to know if a Clown Knife Fish would be compatible with his Oscars, Texas Cichlid, and Pacu? Click here to read Mark's entire email. Tom and Nevin hope that Mark will call Pet Fish Talk every few weeks and tell us how these fish are doing in his aquarium.
Segment Three. 
A listener wants to know how to enhance the coloration of Oscar fish? Tom talks about "Blue Oscars" and the natural coloration of Oscars.
Pink Oscar Fish, Astronotus ocellatus, for Sale at, a cichlid dealer, where you can buy Oscar and other cichlids.   Here's a picture of a huge 180-gallon aquarium that is jam-packed full of the Oscars that Nevin mentions during the show. These Oscars have a unique pink/orange coral-like coloration and are very beautiful.
Heidi T. asks if Pink Cichlids are the same as Albino Cichlids? Tom asks Nevin, "What is an albino fish, and what causes a fish to be an albino?"
  Nevin mentions this very unique and beautiful female Pink Convict Cichlid with a black eye, which shows much more red coloration than most other female Pink Convict Cichlids.
Nevin also mentions that a Pink Oscar will usually have trouble competing with other color varieties of Oscars, unless the Pink Oscar is bigger than the other Oscars.
Len in Victoria, BC, says he is using an Emperor 400 filter in his 50-gallon aquarium. He plans to upgrade to a 90-gallon aquarium and wonders if he needs more filtration?
Nevin asks Tom to tell the story about Honorio, a very bright boy in a 4th grade class that Tom taught a long time ago.
Humberto F. owns a 50-gallon aquarium with lots of big Cichlids, and he thinks a pair of his Cichlids have spawned. He wonders if should gravel wash his aquarium?
Josh reports that he has used the medication MalaFix, which has helped cure sick fish and never caused a problem.
Alexander has a 10-gallon aquarium with several fish, and he wonders, if he upgrades from a Penguin Mini filter to a Penguin 170, will he be able to add more fish?
Dwight asks about good fish for a hex-aquarium? Tom and Nevin talk generally about hex-aquariums and compare them with rectangular aquariums like the ones in our facilities. 
Segment Four. 
Shawn from Montreal, Canada, asks if we could make Pet Fish Talk Shows available as mp3-files that could be played on a hand held mp3-player?
Jonathan says he enjoyed listening to the interview with Dr. Tim Hovanec of Marineland. Click here now to listen to that interview.
Our pal, Josh from Ohio calls and asks Tom to tell the story about selling a Chinchilla to an elderly woman a long time ago. Tom asks Josh about his fish, and Josh reports that his Veil Tail Angel has a huge tear in its tail fin. Josh noticed that his Paradise Fish was chasing his Angels around. Tom and Nevin talk about Paradise Fish.
Justin says his Violet Goby is not eating, and we give him some hints about getting it to eat. Click here for more about Violet Gobies, which are also called Dragon Fish.
Frank has a 125-gallon aquarium with eight Fancy Goldfish, and this aquarium has four Emperor 400 filters. Frank wonders if he can add more Goldfish to his aquarium? Tom says Frank should first read about how to test the water in his aquarium with his eyes and nose! Click here for more about doing that.
Adam has just purchased a small freshwater aquarium that has something that looks like water fleas. Tom says they might be osteocods and indicate the aquarium probably has uneaten food.
Raul asks if can use a dedicated garden hose to refill his aquarium when making regular weekly partial water changes. We talk about the possibility contaminating an aquarium by using a dedicated garden hose.
There are lots of Pet Fish Talk Shows.
Click here now to go to the Archive, where you'll find links to more than 360 Pet Fish Talk Shows.
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