Aqualand Q&As December 21-31, 2011
We don't ship critters or live fish.
Eric, December 21, 2011
Hi, I have a question on reproducing Amazon sword by seed I have one Amazon sword in a tropical community ten gallon fish tank and it has a bloom stalk growing up and out of the water. I got it at Wal-Mart; I got it because it had a bloom stalk and it had good leaves.There was five or six plecos in that tank I was surprised that they had not skinned it down. I brought it home and so far it's surviving with added salt ( just to help the fish) and no special light and no fertilizer besides fish wastes.Also, is there anything to help the roots do better?
A: Amazon swords reproduce by crown division, seeds, and runners. If your bloom stalk produces flowers, you can fertilize them with a small artist's paint brush. Once they go to seed, you need to scatter the seeds in shallow water. Right now, you can encourage good growth (leaves and roots) by planting your sword in BB-sized gravel. Give it 12 to 18 hours of good light. And feed it a plant fertilizer that contains iron. SeaChem makes some excellent ones. LA
Eric, December 21, 2011
I recently bought two of these snails at a pet store. The other one is identical. The small container is temporary. The people at the pet store said it was a mystery snail.I also gave one of these to a relative. A couple minutes later it was zipping (as snails go) around his five gallon tank. This snails also have a 'scraping' tongue and two antennae. They are about two centimeters long.The reason that I an unsure about what they are is I have never seen them breathe from the surface.
A: You have a zebra nerite snail -- one of the best
algae eaters in the world. LA
Eric, December 23, 2011
I understand that mini-tanks are harder to maintain and, I do not disagree with the facts you have stated. The only reason people have these is so they don't have a ten-gallon tank on their nightstand.The reason I am sending you this website is it has a lot of information on keeping fish and plants in two to four (approximately) gallon containers. It also has information on breeding these fish. yyyy I hope you find it helpful!
A: The site you recommended reminded me of the way I used to keep fish when I was a kid -- lots of gallon jars from the nearby rerstaurants. You can't find gallon jars these days. Nano-tanks are gradually becoming more popular, particularly in Europe. The shrimps, mini-fishes, and mini-plants are giving mini-tanks more traction. See Misc Mini-Fishes and the various shrimp pages on our website for more ideas. LA
Bill Chapman, Colchester, ON, Canada, December 22, 2011
Hi, My 6 year old is going to be a mommy. She has two black moors in a 10 gallon tank in her room and for the last three months, I have been cleaning the tank out and changing the filter almost every three to four days. It was suggested that we add some mystery snails and a moss ball along with some wisteria. We purchased four snails to help in cleaning the crap from the moors. It wasn't working so I decided to get a more powerful filter. That seems to work, but when I took the canopy off the tank I noticed the clutch of tiny pink eggs at the top of the canopy near the light, How do I take care of these things or should I just let nature take its course and the moors vacuum them up. please help, thanks in advance for your help... and sorry to ask this of you at this time of the year...happy holidays
A: Just let nature take its course. Any attempt to move the eggs usually fails. LA
Lance E Maggard, Des Moines, IA, December 24, 2011
Hi Larry youmay not remember me but this last summer I sold you a huge plecostomas and trade you a jaguar cichlid for a small parrot cichlid.
I have a mature BLACKBELT cichlid approx. 6 inches long that I would like to get rid of Would you be interested. Let me know. Thanks
A: No prob. I have an empty 20H on the top row. Bring him in any morning before noon. LA
Eric, December 26, 2011
Hello, I was going to add a Mexican petunia to a 2.5 gallon aquarium.I was wondering if they were toxic to fish, I understand they are a bog plants so they are partially submerged.
A: I doubt they would bother your fish. I've
never tried one underwater. Let me know if yours lives.
Nicholas Davis, California, December 27, 2011
hi, my mother bought herself a late christmas present- a lobster for my tank. i've read some rather confusing articles and threads, but I've never gotten a straight answer- wether these things will attack and eat fish. i have considered putting rubber bands around at least one of it's claws, but i have a feeling my mother won't like it. i'm guessing that it has similar temperament to your usual crayfish because as the store guy had it "this guy won't eat nobody" so i'll go for that now, unless you have some uncommon knowledge on this species/variant
A: Probably one of the Australian yabbies. They usually prefer plants BUT I would not trust one of these guys with any fish I wanted to keep. Most crayfish continue eating after you turn their lights out. Most fishes go into a torpid state and are easy prey. Your rubber band solution sounds good (on both claws). LA
Margaret Washam, December 28, 2011
Hi! My son got some Christmas money and we ended up going to our local pet shop that we always use and we found this type of lizard/iguana type thingy and it was 15 dollars. So that's what he wanted, well when i told the guy, he said you can have them both for 15, they were givin to me, i don't know what they are but they're in the iguana family. Well i need to know what they are. They act a little strange. One has a fin on the back of it's head and i believe that one is female and the other one is a male. The one acts like he's guarding her all the time. At night the fin one sleeps in it's box house thing and the other one stays their all night guarding her standing outside the box. If it's preganant, i need to know what species these are. They're both a little different. One has a fin on the back of head and white stripes, the other one has neither but both have the same spotty tails. They're very very long. The tails are very long and there feet are long. Both are about sixteen or more inches long. One with the fin is very jumpy and the other one is very mellow. I hate to bother you but i've been googling all day, your website was very knowledgable, so i called to get an email adress, figured i could send pics. I live in SC or i'd bring them to you lol. I wanted to know the species so i could get info on them, and find out if these might be young one's and they'll get bigger, and if you could tell if they're male or female. Also i have the normal concerns. get a cage? Have a bowl of water for them to swim in? Heating mat under there tank? Is a glass tank okay? Stuff like that. I hate to bother you but i appreciate your time soooo much. I have attached pictures. Oh and you can see the bag in one of the pics, i picked out this sand cause it was pretty lol. Well i have the normal brown sand in the tank, and added some of this not knowing it was like some calcium sand, is that okay to have a little bit of that with them? Thank you!!
A: You have a brown basilisk, Basiliscus basiliscus. Your shop owner probably said he was an iguanid -- a large group of lizards. Basilisks are omnivores. The male has a crest on his head. LA
Todd Anderson, December28, 2011
Hi do you have a list of pets available? looking for Tarantula's and spiders.
A: No. We don't ship any critters so we don't keep a list of what we don't ship. If you're in our area, give us a call (515 283-0300) and we'll tell you what tarantulas we have in stock. LA
Aleksander Pietras, NJ, December 29, 2011Hello, I'd just like to say that I am a huge fan of your website. I visit it every once in a while to read about various animals as it is very interesting, informative, and well-written. I'm 14 and hope to someday have an animal-related career among the options I consider are animal breeder and pet store owner so I like to read about various animals. I would like to ask if there is a possibility to be notified whenever a new "article" is posted. Thanks
A: Check around and see if you can get a part-time job or internship with your local fish store. You can probaby coordinate with your school and get course credit for it. Actually, I do notify you of the new pages at the bottom of my home page. It looks like this:
James Ricci, Urbana, IL, December 30, 2011
Oh! I thought you just meant free shipping. That is very generous of you! With the holidays and everything, they'll probably just sit in campus mail until they hatch, so I'll just give you my personal address: yyyy
Again, thank you so much! And sorry for the late reply. Between the holidays and all the end of the year paperwork at the lab, I've fallen behind on returning emails. Happy (early) New Year!
A: Okay. I'll mail the eggs to you tomorrow. LA
Bowlin, Des Moines, IA, December 30, 2011
A: I'll FAX it to you tomorrow. LA
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