Fish in the News. Here is a story titled "My Pet Fish" from ChronWatch.com. "A North Carolina redneck was stopped by a game warden in Llano County recently with two ice chests of fish, leaving a river well known for its fishing."
"The game warden asked the man, Do you have a license to catch those fish?"
"Naw, my friend, I ain't got no license. These here are my pet fish."
Zebra Danios, which have the scientific name Danio rerio, share many genetic similarities with humans and are now widely used in scientific laboratories to study genes.
More Fish News. A University of Iowa news release states, "For something that looks so unlike a human being, zebrafish share many genetic similarities including in the brain," Paulson said. "Zebrafish can be a very powerful animal model to study how genes influence and cause disease, including neurodegenerative disorders." Click here to read the entire news release.
Pet Fish Talk’s Anniversary. Today we start the second year of broadcasting from our own studio. Pet Fish Talk started back in June of 2002, about 3˝-years ago. We appreciate the many people who have called the show and have really given it a unique flavor with their friendly comments and interesting questions. Thank you to all the callers and all the listeners.
Was my Fish Burned? Chris from Maryland calls and says that he thinks his Blue Gourami may have gotten a burn on the side of its body. Chris wonders what to do for this fish?
RSS Feed for PFT in FireFox. Before the show Chris sent us the following email, "Hello Tom and Nevin Bailey, It’s Chris from Maryland, and I’ve got some help for your listeners. Please fill free to change anything you would like. I have instructions for you to pass along to your listeners that use FireFox, it’s a web-browser like internet explorer. This is in regards to getting the RSS feed working in just a few easy steps. First open up Firefox. Go to
and enjoy the site for a little. Next go to Bookmarks, and select Manage Book Marks. A new window should open up listing all of your book marks. In the top left hand side of the screen you will see File. Click on File and select “Add Life Bookmark”. Now cut and paste the following into the “Feed Location:” field
And give it a title of “Pet Fish Talk RSS” or what ever you care for. Click ok, then close the bookmarks Manager screen. Now if you go to your book marks. Drag your mouse over it and it will expand like a menu. Now you can just click on the one you want and there you go!! I hope this helps all your listeners, Chris from Maryland."
Chris' email also said he created and sent screen shots of this procedure, but they were not in the email that we received. If you think screen shots will help you, call during the show or send an email request. If we get requests, we'll ask Chris to resend the screen shots. Thanks again Chris for the effort you put into this "how to".
Orange Angel Fish? Levi from Vancouver sent us an email, "Where do Koi Angelfish get there orange color from?"
A Small Female Betta Fish. Kenny from Random Lakes, Wisconsin, calls and talks about his new small Female Betta Fish.
I've Got 700 Baby Guppies. Kenny also says he's got about 700 new baby guppies in his aquarium now!
Homebrew Infusoria. "Hello, I have recently learned that you can make your own infusoria. This is especially useful if breeding angels or bettas. Anyway, the method is: (1) Find a jar, jam-jar size is ideal. (2) Take some banana peel or something similar (a banana peel works best). (3) Put the peel/whatever you chose in the jar and fill the jar (with the peel) with water from your aquarium. (4) The water will be cloudy and smelly for a while but leave it for a few days. (5) Look at the jar every day. If the water has noticeably cleared, then you have infusoria! (The water may still stink.) (6) Whenever your fry need a feeding, just pour how much you please into your aquarium, hatchery tank, or wherever you keep your fry. Thank you for the attention and I hope you find this useful! Michael Chan, Hong Kong."
Breeding Corydoras Catfish. Steve Corandan, a professional fish breeder and owner of Corandan's Tropical Fish in Florence, NJ, calls and talks about how he breeds Corydoras Catfish. After the program Steve sent us an email, "Nevin and Tom, thanks again for having me on the show if you can line up some questions I'll call again next week, because I'd like to answer any that the listeners may have about breeding corys, guppys, bettas or angels. Your show is the greatest, please keep up the good work, Stephen Corandan."
Is Hot Glue Safe for Aquariums? Evan from Colorado calls, Tom sets his watch to 2:30, and says hot glue is safe for gluing stuff above the waterline in freshwater aquariums but maybe not safe for saltwater aquariums, etc.
Skunk Loach. Evan says his Skunk Loach has grown bigger and apparently was nipping the tails of his Neon Tetras, so Evan move it to his Tiger Barb aquarium.
MP3s of PFT. Finally, Evan says he likes the new MP3s of Pet Fish Talk. He makes MP3s and listens to them while riding to and from school.
Fish Breeding Experts. Rocky from Michigan sent us an email, "I just thought I would let you guys know that last weeks show was one of the best ever. You had a good balance between beginners and experts and you moved along at a good pace. There was never a dull moment. I look forward to hearing more from the "plant man" and the "angelfish breeder", as well as others like Dan from Dallas and Ronnie from Missouri and a whole bunch of other fish experts who I know are out there listening."
Arcolite Plant Media. Rocky' s email went on to say, "By the way, my plants in terra cotta pots are doing well. The potting media I am using is called Arcolite. Maybe someone else has more experience with it. So far it has had no ill effects on any of my setups. Rocky from Michigan."
Compatible Fish Species. Adrian from Seattle, formerly Denver, calls and asks if a Rainbow Shark is compatible with Neon Tetras?
CO2 Generator for Plants. Michael from San Marcos, which is near San Diego, California, calls and talks about his experiences with the Hagan Natural CO2 Generating System, shown in the picture just below.
Hagen Plant Grow Natural System with CO2 generates the CO2 needed for aquatic plants to perform photosynthesis. System includes a fermentation canister, bubble diffuser and 90 days' worth of activator and stabilizer. Simply add water and regular table sugar (not included) to begin the process.
A Few Days Later we got this email, "This is Michael from San Marcos (called from Scripps Ranch). Thanks for having me on, it was a blast. A few things to comment on after listening to the archive. Nevin (if I have it right) noted that Red Temple and Wysteria gets kind of "leggy". I've seen this in some aquariums, and the plants that I bought were that way before I put them in my tank. But something that I think really helps is lots of light. Light keeps plants from growing too tall which is important in a small tank like mine. Don't get me wrong, I have to trim back the Wysteria but there are many more leaves per inch of plant. The leaves look larger and more full. Everything is much more bushy with lots of light. It takes lots of light to get the pearling in the plants as well as the C02 bubbler."
"I use pharmacutical quality de-ionized water or distilled water in my
tank. At 10G, thats not too hard to do. I'm not sure what I'll do if I
get a bigger aquarium. One last note, you asked if there was something I'd do differently. Something that made a difference was using lots of plants from the beginning. I selected from the "hard to kill" or "algae-buster" varieties and they have done very well. Its really the difference between a tank with plants and a planted tank. I was suprised how many plants would fit in a 10G aquarium, I believe 12 plants is the usual starter kit I've seen sold. Every square inch of gravel is covered in a real planted tank. Thanks again, I hope I can call back sometime soon ... --Michael"
Ronnie from Missouri also sent an email with some useful information, "Hello guys the shows have been really good lately (not to say they normally arent ). I was listening to last week's show, and thought I would add a few things to it. Don't worry, us rednecks and hillbillies don't mind the redneck jokes lol."
"Anyway I heard the part of the show where the email said how to make food for fry with a rotten banana peel. I've found that green water is a lot better to start the fry off with plus a spray of egg yoke each day for about 4 days, then start to feed them Vinegar-Eels for about a week, then go to newly hatched baby brine shrimp (the small ones at first)."
"I also heard Kenny talking about feeding black worms to his new female betta. But I've learned that u dont want to feed too many of them to the bettas, as u run the risk of dropsy."
"One last thing on the hatching baby brine shrimp. Its a good idea to freeze some. So if something happens to the eggs that u have hatching u will still have food to fall back on. Well I hope this might help some one. Thank you, Ronnie."
Thank you, Ronnie, for your email and additional helpful hints and fishy tips. Ronnie is a professional fish breeder. You can visit his wonderful website at
A Big Sincere Thank-you to Chris from Maryland, to Kenny from Wisconsin, to Steve from Florence, New Jersey, to Evan from Colorado, to Adrian formerly from Denver now from Seattle, and to Michael from San Marcos, California, 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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