Fish in the News. "Snakeheads in Breeding Frenzy. The 300 snakeheads caught in a Potomac River tributary last month were more than an anomaly. They were proof, biologists say, that the predatory Asian fish has bred its way to the top of the riverís food chain, and it is scienceís turn to adapt." Click here to read the entire story.
Aquarium Troubles. "Hi ! My name is frustrated!!! I'm 36 years old and have been on my own since the age of seventeen. I have always had a fish tank. I lived on Cape Cod Massachusetts. so to keep a beautiful fish tank was never a problem for me. Well.. 4 years ago I moved to charlotte North Carolina, and maintaining a tank was a problem, but somehow I figured it out and once again BEAUTIFUL!!!! well I recently bought a home actually a year ago, in Chester Virginia, it is a warm water tank. I had, until last night a blue gourami that had been with me for 5 years, he died last night. He was not himself, kind of listless then today when I came home he had blood on the bottom of his tummy I started treating the tank for ick-, and whatever else!! He still well you know.. I'm a animal lover, I have 2 cockatiels, and 4 dogs and it is killing me that I can't help my fish!!! (I cried)!! he was amazing, he survived the move from Charlotte here, he survived all the frustration I have gone through with this tank since I've been in Chester, for example, I have green water, I've had cloudy water, I've done the 20% water changes, I've asked every body what can I do? You would not believe the resposes I get. I do not know what to do anymre, I have lost so many fish in the short time that I have been here. I've tried treatments, cleaning the glass throughly, adding more carbon to my filters, recentlly somone recommended upgrading my filter-I have a 55 gallon tank, with 10 fish in it ranging from kissing gouramis, to silver dollar fish, to 1 shark... please help, I was on your sight tonight and found that I do need to move my tank away from a window that is near it , my current filter ia whisper, compatible with my size tank. What do you think of the EXP2? what is that? Also what about the gravel in my tank?- I'm using blue and white gravel, and someone told me I sholud not use white gravel, because it holds alot of the dirt and bacteria, even after cleaning, that colored gravel does not? is that true? I love my fishies, and my husband is becoming very upset at the cost, and maintence the tank is becoming, please respond soon, or I might be fish free!!! (help)!!! witts-end!! Virginia."
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Glass Worms in My Aquarium? "i am writting on behalf of my uncle for he dont have internet. i was told i had glass fish in my aquarium why do they get in the tanks and how do i get rid of them without hurting my fish and will the glass worms cause damage to my fish. thank you pam"
Bad Water Chemistry. Vlad calls from Ohio calls about his 20-gallon aquarium, which has bad water chemistry with very high levels of ammonia, nitrites, and nitrates. Click here to listen to a Pet Fish Talk show about starting a new aquarium and avoiding water chemistry problems. Call Marineland at 1-800-322-1266 toll free and find out where to buy BIO-Spira.
Here's a View looking into the mouth of a Bushy Nose Plecostomus Catfish, also called a Bristle Nose Plecostomus Catfish, like the one that Aaron from Ohio mentions during this show.
Compatible Aquarium Fish. Aaron from Ohio calls and asks for suggestions for compatible fish for his 50-gallon aquarium. Aaron list the fish he now has including a Serpae Tetra, 2 Yoyo Loaches, some Siamese Algae Eaters. He also had a Bristle Nose Plecostomus Catfish, but it died, and Aaron thinks he may get another one. Aaron also has several live plants including Java Moss, Crypts, Val, and Amazon Swords that are all doing well.
Why Only a 20% Water Change? "I have just recently recieved three fish, two angelfish and one neon. I wasn't sure how to keep them alive and healthy in a fish bowl. With much searching, I came upon your website. I didn't understand why you say to only empty 20% of the fish's water. However, you had some great comments, and replies to this, so I did what you said. Two of my fish lived for 4 days. A lot of the water was very dirty, and Ihave no idea why I was supposed to only change 20% of it. That makes no sence whatsoever! Why should ANYONE keep their fish in water where 80% of it is old, dirty, musky, and full of bad bacteria. I STRONGLY disagree with what you said to do, and I hope this e-mail gets posted, so others can see the risks involved with only cleaning 20% of the water. Thanks, Michelle. p.s. Feel free to email me back on your thoughts on this!! "
Cloudy Aquarium Water. Mike says he's been having trouble with the water in his aquarium getting cloudy, which Tom and Nevin say may be due to uneaten food in the aquarium.
Fish Feeding Rings. Chris from Maryland calls and says feeding rings have helped him keep the food that he feeds his fish from getting sucked into the filter and degrading the water quality in his aquarium.
Feeding Dragon Fish. Aaron says it looks like his Dragon Fish is not eating, and he wants to know what to do to get his Dragon Fish to eat.
Moving Fish to a Bigger Aquarium. Carl from Rochester, New York, calls and says he's purchased a new 75-gallon aquarium for his fish, which include an 18" Pleco that's about two years old and has a fantastic personality. Carl wants some hints and gives some tips about how to move his fish from a 30-gallon aquarium into his new 75-gallon aquarium.
Catching Fish with a Net. Nevin continues the discussion and gives Carl some good hints about how to catch fish gently without harming them.
Female Fish with a Mouthful of Eggs. "Hi this is Irwin from Toronto, Canada. I had a question about the best and safest way to transfer a female full of eggs into a new tank with her eggs, or even how to coax the babies out of her mouth when she is ready? P.S. Love the show, keep up the great work. Also, if this takes too long to awnser, maybe u could do a redo-segment on mouthbrooding cichlids. (Just a suggestion)"
Here is a video of a female Mbuna with a mouthful of eggs. Females like this one often hide in dark places among the rocks, where they mouth brood their eggs for about three weeks before they release their babies.
Reminiscing about Cichlids. Tom and Nevin reminisce about long ago, when they bred "gazillions" of mouth brooding Cichlids.
Thank you. A big sincere thank-you to Vern from Ohio, to Aaron from Ohio, to Chris from Maryland, and to Carl from Rochester, New York for calling during 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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