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     For the October 19, 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.
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.
Aquarium Blog available as a Podcast. Handlers return 300-pound green sea turtle King Midas to his home at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2005.  King Midas was taken to a temporary home at Moody Gardens Aquarium in Galveston, Texas after he was evacuated in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.   (AP Photo/Don Ryan)   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.
  Cichlid Fish 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.
Japanese Wakin. "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 ... "
Container Pond. "(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 white clouds."

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!"
Fantail Goldfish. "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 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 ... "
"I WILL call you soon! Wendy Burch, Oakland, CA,, Phone 510-531-1954."
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 S." Click here to listen to the Pet Fish Talk Show about Starting a New Aquarium.
Windows Media 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."
Segment Two.
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"
Chris' Planted 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.
Segment Three.

More about Chris' Planted Aquarium. 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." 

Madagascar Lace 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.
Segment Four.
Tom sets his Wrist Watch to 2:30, and as usual Evan from Colorado calls right on time!
Pico Reef Aquarium 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 Hermit Crabs.
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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