Fish in the
News: Nevin summarizes a news article about
£7,000 worth of Koi, that in a cruel twist of
fate were stolen from Gary Brightwell's garden in Foxley Close, North Earlham, England, while
he attended a crime prevention meeting. Click
here to read the entire story.
The Biggest Freshwater Fish Ever! Nevin talks about
the extinct group of fish called
Rhizodonts, that looked like the drawing shown above.
Rhizodonts lived over 300 million years ago. One species
grew to be over 20 feet long and is believed to be the
largest species of freshwater fish that ever lived.
Amanda from Granite Falls, Washington, calls and says
her Betta started swimming erratically after she changed
some water in his fish bowl.
Tom and Nevin explain some of reasons that Amanda's Betta
may be swimming erratically and what to do to help it
Kelly says, "I am
wondering ...can goldfish hear sound? I know fish can
detect sound waves and differences in water pressure, but
can they actually "hear sound"? My husband and I are
currently in a bet on this answer - we need to know if
they can translate the vibrations / waves into sound or if
they only detect the vibrations alone. Also, if they do
"hear", is there a risk of disturbing them? We have 2
active small children that can obviously be quite loud at
times ... would this be a problem for the fish?"
Kenny from Random Lakes, Wisconsin, calls and says
his Guppy, that we talked about last week, has recovered.
Kenny explains how he treated his Guppy. Kenny says he
watches the fish in his aquariums closely, so he knows
what's going on and can prevent problems. Kenny also gives
some tips about how he buys healthy fish.
Levi in Vancouver, BC, Canada, sends an email that
says, "Thinking of buying an R/O system. I see one option
is a de-ionizer. Would your recommend this. Also some come
with holding reservoir tanks. Would you recommend this
also? My main interest is in Amazon fish." Tom and Nevin
talk about the R/O unit in their fish hatchery, and their
opinion of an ideal R/O unit for an aquarist with an
Amazon Fish aquarium. Click
here for more information about Amazon Fish Aquariums.
S. from California send an email that says, "okay this
question might sound strange but i need to know. i just
bought one of the marineland bio wheel filters for my 10
gallon tank and i spent 30 dollars on it. does that sound
too much? i feel it was over priced. but then again i
figured to buy one online iíd have to pay shipping and
handling fees. what do you think? by the way i love your
sites they are so helpful i love them. you are helping me
take care of my fish so they can live a happier healthier
life. thank you so much and keep up the good work."
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Chris H. from Laurel, Maryland, sends
an email that says, "Iíve got a question about testing
equipment ... Iíve kept fish for about a little over a year
now and both my tanks have always stayed health. I use test
strips to test everything weekly, sometimes more often when
I have the time. And then once a month I take samples to my
local fish store to confirm my readings. But recently while
doing some research online because I want to get 120 gallon
tank and Oscars, I hear everyone saying how strips are bad.
What should I use? Iíve no problem spending a few more bucks
on better testing materials but I donít want to get
something thing that I donít need. Please help."
Another email says, "Hi my name is Eric and I have 3
huge oscars and a very large alligater gar in a large tank
but my problem is that they keep out growing their tank and
Im at the point now where its time to get bigger but space
and money is getting limited. My question is can I put an
outside pond in my back yard for them?"
Another email to LiveShow says, "Hi again Tom and
Nevin, just wanted to say thanks for your help with my
Betta. I really love your show and I am planning on becoming
a regular caller. I have read most of the information on
your website www.aquariumfish.net. Thanks again for hosting
such a fun and helpful show. P.S. I am the Amanda in Granite
Falls, WA that called earlier. I am also the Amanda who has
a grandma with the giant 3.5-4" Betta. You may not remember
that, but that was me who sent that e-mail. Keep up the good
Abraham sends us an email that says, "hi tom and
nevin, the first link is about popup aquariums you can have
on your patio!"
"the second link is a website someone posted on petfish.net
about a fish hobbyist who built a water bridge to connect
his 2 aquariums thus allowing his fish to traverse through a
clear pipe and enter 2 different environments!"
Here's another email to LiveShow. "Dear pet fish
talk. I am asking you about the sucking loach I have 3
sucking loaches i my 25 gallon cold water tank. It also has
a goldfish,blue orfe and 2 little golding orff in the tank.
So i was going to ask you about these loaches. I have 1
loach for about 7 months now and then i got another loach
witch i have had for about 2 months. Then i got 1 more and
hes about have an inch long the other 2 are about 2 inchs
long. So does the tank have to be hevaly planted and with
lots of hinding for them. I have a banboo tunnel in there
for them and i whet and got a little casle for them and
turnd it upside down because there is 2 little holes at the
bottem of it. there is about 3 plants in the tank and thay
seen to be useing hiding plasces that i got for them. butt
thayseem a bit to shi because when i go up to the glass thay
all swim away from me and thay dont come back out for a long
time. Is this to do with not enough plants or hiding plasces.
plseae help thanks dominic"
Tom recalls a magazine
article that he read a long time ago about breeding
Clown Loaches in an aquarium with a thick layer of floating
Amanda sends us another email, "hi, sorry to bug you
guys again (this is Amanda), but I've got another question.
today when I called you said to raise the temperature. I
can't put my fishbowl on top of the fridge, so I was
wondering if the product would work for my two gallon bowl:
please take a look and tell me
what you think. I can't think of any other way to raise the
temp in my bowl, so I was hoping that this would be safe to
use. thank you for your patience, Amanda."
Here's an email from Dan S. from Minnesota, "Dear
Tom, and Nevin, I am interested in putting a bunch of red
belly piranhas in a 75 gallon tank. I also would like to
put some clown knives, needle fish, or Oscars in with the
piranhas. Would any of these fish be possible tank mates if
I kept the piranhas well fed? I was also wondering if I'd be
able to keep more piranhas than recommended in the tank if I
were to increase filtration in the tank (ex. A bio wheel,
canister filter and an under-gravel filter with a
power-head) Are there more factors included in the stocking
limits of tanks besides keeping the water chemistry under
Brian S. from Birmingham, Alabama sends an email that
says, "I have a 55g set up that i had my koi and two comets
in till they got big enof to into the pond. Well i just put
them in there new home and i want to turn the 55g into a
warmwater aquarium. I want silver dollars and my wife wants
an angel fish. The only problem with those is that they get
so big and would out grow the tank, from what i have read
and what people have told me that they get up to 8" and
would not be happy in that tank. My question to you would be
what kind or kinds of fish would be happy in that tank. I
would like at least three fish that get no bigger than 4" to
5" and the rest schooling fish. My wife wants some color in
the tank also. All the fish i have looked at so far have
been plain silver fish. They looked just like minnows to me
and the wife. Any way thanks for all the advice."
"PS-I love your show and all the info i have gotten out of
it since i have been listing."
Tom asks Nevin a question, "Suppose you bought some
fish a few days ago, and now you notice the fish are not
right, maybe they've got clamped fins. You decide to call
the store, where you bought the fish. Now what would you
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