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     For the January 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. 
Tom and Nevin went over last week's show, including comments about Tim's questions about moving his fish, about Brian's comments about feeding his Puffer Fish, and about Ronnie's comment about putting a sponge filter over the lift tube to your power filter. Click here to go to the Listening Guide to last week's Pet Fish Talk show.
 
Mary from Oxnard calls us and continues her recommendation that listeners to Pet Fish Talk call and email The Animal Planet and the Discover Channel asking them to create a fishy TV program featuring the Bailey Brothers, but Tom says that he's not so sure about that guy Tom! Click here to read Mary's letter to The Animal Planet.
 
Mary has a question about one of her Honey Gouramis that got wedged under a piece of driftwood and has a scratch on its side now. Tom and Nevin discuss this problem and how to avoid it.
 
Jim sends us an email in response to Aaron's comments last week. In his email Jim recommends that Aaron consider getting some Singapore Flower Shrimp. Nevin talks about this very interesting shrimp, which is shown in the picture just below. Click here now for more information about keeping pet shrimp in aquariums.
 
 
Singapore Flower Shrimp. Click on the picture for more information about these shrimp.   Here's a picture of a Singapore Flower Shrimp searching a live plant for small particles of food.
 
 
Devin with a D calls and says he and his father bought three more Bala Sharks to school with the one they already had. Devin says his Balas stay close together about 1" to 2" apart. Nevin talks about the huge schools of Bala Sharks in our big aquariums that are about 8-feet long.
 
Devin also says his baby Swordtails have grown to be about twice as long as when they were born. Devin tries to change phones, but we loose him. We remind Devin and other listeners that it's best to call us on a corded phone and not a cordless or cell phone. We hope Devin will call us back!
 
Rocky from Michigan calls and says he's got an aquarium with freshwater Angelfish and Guppies, and he'd like to remove the Guppies without dismantling the aquarium. So we talk about how to do it, including the possibility of using a soda pop bottle as a trap.
 
Rocky has a second question about an African Cichlid that has started hiding among the rocks in his aquarium. Tom says it might a female African Cichlid with a mouth full of eggs or baby fish like the female Mbuna shown in the video just below.
 
 

  Here's 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.
 
 
Segment Two. 
Tom mentions the Pet Fish Talk Archive with links to over 100 other Pet Fish Talk shows. Click here to go to the Archive now.
 
We lost Rocky's phone call during the break, but we continue to talk about Rocky's African Cichlid that's hiding among the rocks in Rocky's aquarium.
 
Devin with a D calls back and we finish talking about his baby Swordtails. Click here for more about protecting baby fish like Devin's baby Swordtails.
 
Devin has another question about how many live plants to put in his aquarium? We give him a few tips about keeping live plants in his aquarium. Click here for more about keeping live plants in terra cotta pots.
 
Devin thinks his aquarium is really cool, and it calms the people in the room with the aquarium. Tom says he wants Devin to continue watching everything in his aquarium and call back soon with more of his keen bservations.
 
Teacher Nan asks what effect does "tapping on the aquarium" have on the fish? Tom mentions being rousted by his friend Morten, who comes by and raps loudly on tom's kitchen window. Nevin says it's even more so with the fish.
 
Tom reads an email from A.L. in Los Angeles who puts beautiful pictures of national parks on the back of his aquarium and then watches his goldfish fly over the Grand Canyon. Tom says he likes it!
 
We're back from the break and continue talking to Rocky about the African Cichlid that's hiding among the rocks in his aquarium, and now Rocky's realizes there is a punching bag in the room with the aquarium and the vibrations may frighten the fish.
 
 
Poster for Pet Fish Talk made by Jim of Vest Virginia. Click on this picture to see a bigger picture of this poster.   Tom reads an email from Jim, Lynne, and Rebekah from West Virginia. Click here to read the entire email which contains a large image of the poster, shown to the left, that Jim and Rebekah have been posting in their town.
 
 
Anthony ask about putting African Cichlids in his outdoor pond in Florida? Tom and Nevin talk about keeping and raising African Cichlids in ponds.
 
Josh asks about keeping Discus and freshwater Angel Fish in the same aquarium? We make some comments about keeping both Discus and Angels together and separately. In their natural homes in South America discus fish feed on insect larvae, insects, and planktonic invertebrates.
 
 
Segment Three. 
Josh calls and says we just answered his email! Since he sent the email, he has decided not to get Discus, instead he plans to get a 30-gallon hexagonal aquarium and add some Angel Fish. Tom and Nevin talk about Angelfish. Click here for more about keeping freshwater Angelfish in aquariums.
 
Tom says, "... Lets Pick up the pace, and answer a few more questions."
 
Edward has questions about the chemistry of the water in his aquarium. Tom and Nevin talk about the important nitrogen cycle which involves toxic ammonia being oxidized by certain bacteria to nitrite, which is then oxidized to non-toxic nitrate. Click here for more information about aquarium water chemistry.
 
Adrian from Denver, Colorado, calls and says he had four Malawi Cichlids that he fed more than they could eat. They got sick. He found AquariumFish.net and the Recommended Treatment. He treated his fish, and they seemed to recover, but now one fish has trouble moving its tail. Adrian has ordered a new 75-gallon aquarium for African cichlids. Click here for details about how to set up an aquarium for Mbunas.
 
Kathy says her Betta Fish that was 3-years, died recently, and now she plans to get a 1-gallon aquarium for a new Betta. Tom and Nevin say a large fish bowl is better for Betta Fish, then they talk for a while about what makes a good home for a Betta Fish. The Bailey Brothers also talk about an organ called the labyrinth in the Betta Fish's head. Click here to see a diagram that shows the labyrinth in a Betta's head.
 
Jan from Destin, Florida, says she needs a better way to keep her Betta Fish Bowl warm.
 
Ronnie from Missouri calls and we talk again about sponge filters, Ronnie's video of his Betta Fish spawning,
 
 
Segment Four. 
We continue to talk with Ronnie and ask for another tip. He says every night he turns off the lights and uses a flash light in the dark to inspect his fish. Tom says he remembers reading that a famous fish breeder, Rosario LaCorte, did the same thing long ago. Click here to read more about him.

Ronnie says he's had four more spawns of Bettas and jarred 50 more young Bettas. He says his Betta are really growing fast and becoming exceptionally good fish.
 
Lastly Ronnie says he tries to support his local pet stores, but they don't don't seem to want to work with him. Tom talks about trying to sell fish to pet stores long ago.
 
Briana's husband has a small aquarium with a Betta and two Neon Tetras, but one Neon Tetra disappeared. Briana wants to know, where did it go? Click here for more about Neon Tetras.
 
We're back from a short break and get a phone call from Vicky from West Virginia with good news! Her Guppies are have babies! Ten of them! Momma Vicky says she's never been a mom before. Vicky asks if aquarium salt and Quick Cure in the aquarium with the baby fish? We talk with Vicky about covering the uptake tube to the filter with a sponge filter to keep the babies from sucked up and into the filter.
 
Tom says he wonders what been happening in Aaron's and Evan's aquariums and wishes they'd call soon.
 
Jackie had an Mbuna that died in her aquarium. She wonders what to do now, before she puts new fish in her aquarium?
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Kate bought a new aquarium but the hood doesn't fit. Tom says take it right back and give them a chance to make it right! Tom predicts the store will make it right!
 
 
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