Fish in the News.
King Midas Returns to Big Easy Aquarium. One New Orleans
resident returned home with a thunderous splash. King Midas, a 300-pound
sea turtle, slid back into his home Thursday at the New Orleans aquarium,
one of a handful of creatures that survived Hurricane Katrina. Click
here to read the entire story.
Handlers return a 300-pound green sea turtle,
named King Midas, to his home at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas
in New Orleans, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2005.
of the East African Rift Lakes are renowned for their diversity, which
may be due to their sensitivity to different frequencies of light.
More Fish News.
Multiple Genes Permit Closely Related Fish Species To Mix
And Match Their Color Vision.
Vision, like other biological attributes, is shaped by evolution through
environmental pressures and demands, and even closely-related species that
are in other ways very similar might respond to their particular environments
by interpreting the visual world slightly differently, using photoreceptors
that are attuned to particular wavelengths of light. Click
here to read the whole story.
Surgery for Fish! "hi tom and nevin,
here's a link to a pbs show you can watch online that explains how fish
are treated for infectious diseases, cancer, buoyancy disorders, and freak
accidents. abraham in los angeles"
Blood Parrot Cichlid. "Hello again
Tom and Nevin, I wanted to add some color in my aquarium so I recently
purchased a blood parrot fish. I bought him because he was very bright
orange and comical looking. In fact, he looks almost like a cartoon character.
The fish is very friendly, and a joy to watch. I did not know anything
about it before I brought it home. I looked the fish up on the internet
and discovered the fish is a man made cross bred fish. Because of the
cross breeding the fish can have several health problems. Can you tell
me more about this fish. Thank you Vern from Sacramento, California."
This video shows a Blood Parrot,
like the one Vern has in his aquarium. Blood Parrots are a hybrid
of two Cichlid species, possibly a Red Devil and a Gold Severum.
"hi tom and nevin,
i'm attaching a link to a website in regards to last week's show about
wilma's unusual looking goldfish. abraham in los angeles"
"Hi Tom and Nevin, Every time Wednesday comes around I
realize I've missed calling you again. My business schedule has
changed somewhat, so I am not as able to call you as I'd like. However,
I want you to know that
"(1) my container pond with two lovely goldfish
and mosquito fish supplied by the county, are doing so well. I have
added a nice rock and some fish store plastic lily pads to make it
prettier, and they love it."
Cold Water Aquarium.
"(2) My original cold water fantail goldfish
tank is doing wonderfully, and I have four lovely fantails and around 8
Stella the Snail.
"But do you know what the PRIZE of our cool water tank is? It's STELLA,
our 2-3 year old Apple snail. She is incredible... and has such a
personality. She's huge now, and loves her treats of lettuce from time
to time. Sometimes she attaches herself to the thermometer in the tank,
and it detaches itself, and she flies all over the tank making us laugh
at her adventure. She also has discovered how to do a parachute kind of
move where she can float all over the 25 gallon tank. She is the best!"
"Our four fantails are doing splendidly, too. All
is well with this tank, now that the water has cycled."
Clown Loaches. "Finally, our 40 gallon
tank of clown loaches we purchased from you are also awesome!!!! There are
six of them with some Zebra Danios (a real school, around 12) and they are
thriving. One of the smaller loaches, "Cutie," a long time ago looked like
he was not going to make it. So, I gave him a name, "Cutie" and started
to talk to him each and every day. Do you know that he came alive, and is
thriving now with his bigger family? I also have one red tailed shark I
got at a local store, and she is so beautiful. She gets along really well
with Cutie. Her name is "Emerald." I really recommend, even though it might
sound crazy, naming your fish and talking to them!!"
"My Last Betta, (I started
Bettas with you and they were my very first fish a couple of years ago),
just passed away, I think naturally, from age. He was so gorgeous.... so
I shut down the Betta tank and am focusing on the two tanks that are thriving.
I started with you, Pet Fish Talk, and I have a link on my web site to Pet
Fish Talk, as I am a pet care business owner. I wanted to thank you so much
for starting me in this amazing journey of fish keeping. I encourage everyone
to take the advice Tom and Nevin give on AquariumFish.net seriously to avoid
a lot of heartbreak in losing your first tank of fish from not making sure
the water is fully cycled. Lots of Good thoughts and gratitude, and
call you soon! Wendy Burch, Oakland, CA,
What Size Aquarium for Goldfish? "Hi...I
would like to furnish a small aquarium (20 gal.?) with some exotic goldfish.
How large do they grow.. I know your article mentioned 29 gal. minimum,
but is that even big enough? and which of your three choices is the most
interesting for an aquarium (I want them to be happy). I am a 69 yr old
lady with little experience re aquariums. I have given some thought to a
saltwater, but think that may be "biting off more than I can chew"! Your
goldfish are really lovely and graceful and I know I would enjoy watching
them. What would I need to set up an aquarium for them? Thank you, Arlene
here to listen to the Pet Fish Talk Show about Starting a New Aquarium.
Player Won't Work. Brian from Texas calls and
says his Windows Media Player won't work. Then after a few seconds he says.
"It's working again."
Pots for Aquarium
Plants. "Hi Tom & Nevin, I took your advice from last week about using
terra cotta pots for my aquarium plants. I have about 30 plants potted in
various aquariums and they really look good. There is an advantage to this
method. If the plants need to be moved, it can be done without any
trouble of up rooting an established plant. They can easily be moved to
any other aquarium in a matter of minutes. I was surprised at the difficulty
in obtaining the pots. Most pots are now the plastic variety. Or they are
the fancy expensive kind. I finally found the good old cheap ones at a flower
store.I bought a bunch of them."
Planting Material for
Live Plants. "This store also had a planting medium for
aquatic plants. According to the label, it claims to be harmless to fish.
So I am conducting an experiment with some of the plants to see if it makes
any difference. And if there is any negative reaction with any of my fish.
I have searched the web for any information on this stuff, but little is
found. Apparently, some aquarists have been using it with no harm to their
fish, but I read very little about any solid conclusions as to its advantages.
So I am going to find out myself. If you are interested, I will let you
know how it turns out. Have a Great Day, Rocky from Michigan"
Aquarium. Chris from Maryland calls and talks
about his Planted 55-gallon Aquarium. He recommends Amazon Sword Plants
and Java Ferns, plus two 40-watt 6700į K fluorescent light bulbs, which
he has controlled by a timer to be on for 11 hours a day.
More about Chris'
After he finished talking, Chris sent us this email, "Hello Guys, Itís
Chris from Maryland, It was great talking with you today about planted tanks.
I went online and dug up some things for your listeners. This is about the
lighting. I use rare earth phosphors florescent lights. You want them because
the light wave length is the best for plants. You want to make sure your
light is between 5000K and 10,000K most are around 6700k Ė 9300K so itís
not as bad as it sounds. Iíll call in anther day and update you on my aquariums.
Chris from Maryland."
Plants. Tom and Nevin talk about long ago, when they got a package containing
some Madagascar Lace Plant bulbs wrapped in tinfoil with some sulfur powder.
Rebekah's New Platies.
Rebekah from West Virginia calls and talks about the
ten new small Platies in her aquarium.
Tom sets his
Wrist Watch to 2:30, and as usual Evan from Colorado calls right on
After he called, Evan sent us an email, "OK heres my pico.
the pic was taken yesterday. Please reply and tell me what you think."
Pico Reef Aquarium. Evan
describes his one-gallon Pico Reef Aquarium, which is shown in the picture
above. He has a power head, crushed coral, live-rock, etc. He thinks he
might add a small Mollie, that's converted to saltwater, and some small
Magnetic Aquarium Scrubber.
Nevin says that one of the scrubbing pads on his magnetic aquarium scrubber
has come loose, and he talks about how he might fix it.
A Big Sincere Thank-you to Brian, Chris, Rebekah, and Evan 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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