Aqualand Q&As November 11-20, 2011
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Judy Yang, November 13, 2011
hey for the chinese tiger fish in misc oddballs IV.it is a dusky panther goby also known as a butterfly goby or the leaf goblin fish.its not a goby at all but actually a waspfish well known for being venomous.being puntured by it is like being stung by a wasp and it can be very painful at times.oh and the purple spotted goby appears to be a peacock gudgeon
A: Close but no cigars. LA
Judy Yang, November 13, 2011
hey it turned out to be a chinese perch (Previously IDed as dusky panther goby also known as a butterfly goby or the leaf goblin fish).
A: Who knew? LA
Rob Lobitz, November 13, 2011
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A: Heck of a start on your request, but I can't see how bunk beds relate to the pet biz. (Even tho I grew up in them). So, thanks anyway. LA
Carla, November 13, 2011
Hey sorry to bother you guys but i have a question.
could any of these fit in a 7 inch long bowl with a heater
could any of these live in my bowl its substrate is sand has fake plants and a large stone o and one more thing
would any of these get along with a garra thanks
A: Probably any of the aforementioned would survive -- with a lot of work. The ricefish would probably be happiest. It's going to be hard to heat for the others. Forget the garra. LA
Judy Yang, November 13, 2011
OH THE BURMESE BORDER LOACH IS ACTUALLY A ANGELICUS BOTIA LOACH
A: Your pics did not pop up. Anyway, "Burmese border loach" is just the common name. LA
Judy Yang, November 13, 2011
the unknown loach is a reticulate loach
A: I believe you but I have no idea which of my pics you are IDing. LA
Judy Yang, November 13, 2011
hey the first fish you have in misc oddball cichlids looks to be a synspilum cichlid
A: I'm not sure which one you're referring to (I'm
not going to sort thru all the pics), but here's a pic of one of our
current red head cichlids. LA
Tyler, November 14, 2001
Hi, I am trying to research about Noble Gouramis (Ctenops nobilis) and Licorice Gouramis. I haven't been able to find much reliable info on these fish. In your experience, have you had much trouble with either of these fish? I've tried keeping P. ornaticauda (Ornate Licorice Gouramis) and every time they died within a few days. I've tried cooler water, warmer water, constant feedings of live baby brine shrimp and have never had luck. I've had my eyes set on Noble Gouramis as well, but every anabantoid enthusiast tells me that these fish are extremely difficult to keep. What is your experience with these?
Also, I'd like to point out that you claim that Chocolate Gouramis are difficult to keep. They have started raising these fish in captivity recently (first time I've seen captive raised gouramis was last Spring) and they were extremely hardy taking whatever foods offered, tolerating water from 68-88 degrees, etc...
A: Sorry, for the slow reply. I misplaced your email and finally found it again. Maybe five or six years ago I started trying to house the noble gouramis (also called frail gourami which fits them better). I tried several batches from several sources with very poor results. They expired fairly rapidly. After a couple years with no success, I just quit trying. They're not the cheapedt fish in the bucket so I moved on to ones I could keep alive. I didn't have much better luck with the liorice gouramis. Both are seldom seen these days, so the problems are moot. LA
Amanda Lyes, Knoxville, IA, November 14, 2011
Hi, I was planning on coming to your shop within a week. I just wan't to ask you if you have any butterfly crowntails or half-moons. Any color would do. I have one blue half-moon and a red purple and blue crowntail, I want to buy at least one more betta. Under $15 if possible, also please send me pictures of what you got, if possible. Thankyou
Have a good day!
A: We don't have any that meet your specs exactly. We do have about 60 bettas -- too many to send you photos. LA
Alyssa, Texas, November 15, 2011
I keep betta, and I have for years. My first betta started in a 1 gallon bowl, and let's just say, he appeared very depressed all the time. I eventually moved him up to a 2 gallon, and he got happier. He had a bubble blower he played with, plants to hide in, and enjoyed making faces at me. He was in a 10 Gallon tank for a short while, and loved it. There is such a thing as too much room for a betta, and they cant live in deep tanks, but they like the stimulation of things to do. Very small places lead to a bored, depressed fish. I have a female right now in a 10 gallon with a couple of mollies and she is having the time of her life! Just yesterday she was giving herself a belly massage with the bubble blower! Each betta is an individual and likes different things, but I don't think you should encourage small spaces.
I hate how they are shipped, because it is very stressful. But at the same time I know that due to their single housing requirements it is unavoidable. Same as the in store containment. But those little white cups are awful, they cant even move. The larger cups used in most pet stores are better because at least they can move. But even those fish seem depressed in such small quarters. Again though, obviously you cant give each fish elaborate housing. But as far as people who own bettas as pets, They should be encouraged to give him housing that allows for proper mental stimulation. They are smart, and interactive fish if you get to know them. My bettas know me versus my mom. Give them a chance to be happy. ^^
A: Probably the best way to stimulate bettas in small containers is to "card" them. Bettas get used to their neighbors when they see the same ones every day. Pulling the cards causes them to flare and strut their stuff. Do this a few times each day and you'll grow better looking and healthier bettas. I'm adding your comments to my betta housing page. LA
Alyssa, Texas, November 17, 2011
For temporary storage yes but it's not quite the same as them being able to discover, explore, and find so many interesting things in an actual TANK with things to do in it. I have a bowl betta. I would show him his reflection from time to time, and put things in his tank but it wasn't quite the same. He was in my 10 Gal for a while and he loved it. In fact one of his favorite things to do was to play with the bubble stone. And I have had girls who loved making holes in the gravel. They are all different but in a depressing little bowl their personalities don't get a chance to really shine.
A: Here's a pic of the "reds" we received today (November 18). They will always be shipped in small containers. LA
Jeff, Carlisle, IA, November 17, 2011
Hello Larry ! the shop is looking GREAT ! by the way this is jeff from carlisle. wanted to share a few pics of my own personal strain of Red Tail Kamfa or RTK and hoping to have available in 2012 !! growing out the first 30 or so looking for females for line breeding project with father and will be letting individual males go early january i hope.
jpg1061 is the Offspring of my imported Super kamfamalau X F1 Kamfa Female had hatch that was 5 fry in june ,fish is now 5 inches
jpg 1052 is same parents from hatch of 30 in june
jpg 891 is parents of the fry !
Been playing with water temps and pH with different pairs and it dont seem to be consistant with anything other then pure luck lol
A: Very impressive. We should have room for some of them by then. LA
Judy Yang, November 17, 2011
wats a pitb certificate
A: It looks a lot like the above. They're fairly hard to get. LA
Majd Kabbani, Syria, November 17, 2011
A: I need more info. LA
Majd Kabbani, Syria, November 18, 2011
hehe sorry Larry you are one of few foreigners on my friends list. I'm asking if at this point of time the Syrian National Council should recognize the Free Syrian Army. which is basically the men who defected from the original army who is slaughtering the Syrians to hold on to power.
PS: Thank you Mr. Arnold for being there for me any time my Goldfish looked weird. hehe Happy Birthday!
A: Based upon my opinion as a genuine foreigner, I'd have to say not yet.
And don't rub it in about the birthday. LA
Kevin Glover, November 18, 2011
I got my cichlids, everywhere I read, said get them a variety of different foods, but mine will only eat crushed “Tetra Cichlid jumbo carnivorous sticks”, I’ve tried algae disks (crushed and non-crushed) cichlid flakes, and good old tetramin, they will eat the cichlid flakes but they just pick at it. What do you suggest?
P.S. the kinds of cichlids are, a peacock, labidochromis textilis, labidochromis caeruleus.
A: One of your African cichlids best traits is their willingness to eat nearly any type of food you give them. Cut back on your carnivore sticks and they'll switch to whatever you give them. Your best bet is to feed them at least twice a day and feed small quantities. LA
Andrew B., Fort Worth, TX, November 18, 2011
Hi! My two cents about vampire shrimp: they are exclusively filter feeders, and meek as mice. They thrive in high-current waters so they use their stabby legs to secure themselves. I have kep them for years with other fish of all sizes (even fry!) and have never had any aggression issues. Theyre like the cows of the arthropod world; big, slow, peaceful grazers. And---this is cool---when they get big, like two inches or more, they turn blue gray!
A: I'll add your comment to my Shrimp, Vampire page. LA
Matt Moore, November 18, 2011
Hello Larry, I wrote to you a few weeks ago about feeding crabs while being away. Once again, it is one rainbow crab in a 15 gallon tank and two fiiddlers in a 5. I will be away for 5 days for Thanksgiving and then 2 weeks for Christmas. Is there a food that can be left in the tank? If so, can you name a specific brand that you recommend? And also, will the food go bad (if left in the tank/and or exposed to water) and poison the crabs?
Thank you for your crab wisdom,
A: I've never tried leaving my crabs alone for a couple weeks. I've got lots of staff to help out -- so this is theoretical advice, kind of a hypothesis. I'd try the Tetra hermit crab cakes. Put the cakes close to their water's edge and hope that they don't drag them into the water. LA
Mikhaylova Anastasya, St. Petersburg, Russia, November 20, 2011
request info about parcs
A: Sorry tovarich. I know diddly squat about parcs. LA
Mariah Schock, November 20, 2011
Mariah Schock, November 21, 2011
Either way, there isn't any change in him. I haven't had him that long at all, and still in the new tank he tries to hide and stays laying on the bottom looking dead. He won't eat at all. For a little bit yesterday I got him to follow a piece of string around, chasing it, but today he ignores everything. I don't know what to do, and I look up information about it, but I don't know. I still need help and would appreciate if you gave me some.
Mariah Schock, November 24, 2011
A: You probably did nothing wrong. Sometimes bad things just happen. You need to start anew with a new betta. LA
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