Aqualand Q&As May 1-10, 2008

 
Amphibians
Axolotls
Caecilian Worm
Chaco Toad
Mud Puppies

Newts General
Newts Eastern
Newts Golden

Newts Mandarin
Salamanders
Suriname Toad
Tadpoles
Terrarium I
Terrarium II
USA Toads
Water Dogs
Misc. Toads

Frogs
Bull
Clawed
Dumpy
Dwarf
Fire-Belly
Floating
Green Tree
Leopard
Pac Man
Pipa pipa
Pyxie
Red-Eyed Tree
Tomato
Misc Frogs 
Misc Frogs II
Misc Frogs III
Misc Frogs IV

Misc Frogs V

Animals
Bunnies
Bunnies II 
Chinchillas
Degus
Ferrets
Ferrets by BOB
Gerbils
Ground Squirrels
Guinea Pig
Hamsters I
Hamsters II
Hamsters III
Hamsters IV
Hamsters V
Hedgehogs
Kittens
Kids & Kittens
Mice
Mice Pets II
Parasites
Rats I
Rats II
Rats III
Rats, Hairless
S-T Opossums
Siberian Chipmunks
Sugar Gliders
Sugar Gliders II
Water Bottles

Bugs
Crabby 500
Crab 04 Results
Centipedes
Cray/Lobsters
Crayfish II
Crayfish III
Cray, Yucatan
Fiddler Crabs
Shrimp, Algae
Shrimp, Aqua
Shrimp, Red
Shrimp, Flower

Shrimp, Ghost
Shrimp, Rudolph
Hermit Crabs
Hermit Crabs II
Madagas Roach
Mantids
Mini-Clams
Mini-Crabs
Patriot Crabs
Giant Millipedes
Red Claw Crabs
Reiman Butterfly
Snail, Apple
Snail, Colombian
Snail, Land
Snail, Malaysian

Snail, Mystery
Snail, Trapdoor 
Scorpions
Tarantulas
Tarantulas II
Tarantula Night 2006
TarantulaWeen VII
TarantulaWeen 9
Misc. Bugs
Misc Bugs II  

Birds
Breeding Tips

Button Quail
Canaries

Cockatiels
Dove, Diamond
Dove, Ringneck
Finches
Love Birds
Parakeets
Pelleted Foods
Quaker Parrots

Parrot Pictures
Parrot Pix II

Parrot Pix III
Dave's Parrots


Lizards
Alligators
Anoles
Bearded Dragon

Beardies II
Calotes
Chamel, Jackson
Chamel, Panther
Chamel, Veiled
Crested Geckos
Gecko, Golden

Gecko, House
Gecko, Leopard
Gecko, Tokay
Horned "Toads"
Iguana New
Iguana Dragons
Iguana Q&A I
Iguana Q&A II
Iguana Training
Iguana Update
Cool Iguana Pics
Knight Anoles
Monitors, Nile

Monitors, Savana
Monitors, Water

Salmonella
Skinks
Skinks Blue-Tongue
Tegus
Uromastyx maliensis
Water Dragon
Misc Lizards
Misc Lizards 2
Misc Lizards 3
Misc Lizards 4
Misc Lizards 5

Misc Lizards 6
Misc Lizards 7
Misc Lizards 8
Misc Lizards 9


Snakes
Anacondas
Boa, Rosy

Boa, Red-Tail
Corn Snake
Garter Snake
Green Snake
Kids/Corn Snakes
Kids/Red-Tail Boas

Kids at Pet Expo 1

Kids at Pet Expo 2

Kids at Pet Expo 3

Kids at Pet Expo 4

Kids at Pet Expo 5
King & Milk
Python, Ball
Python, Burmese

Snakes Alive
Snakesgiving
Snakesgiving II

Misc Snake Pix
Misc Snakes II

Misc Snakes III  

Turtles/Tortoises
Box, Asian
Box, USA
Races
Snapping

Sulcata
Water

Western Painted

Live Foods
Blackworms
Blood Worms
Br Shrimp I
Br
Shrimp II
Crayfish 1
Crayfish 2
Crayfish 3 
Crickets
Daphnia
Earthworms
Feeder Goldfish
Fruit Flies
Ghost Shrimp

Glass Worms

Grindal Worms
Infusoria
Mealworms
Microworms
Rosy Reds

Super Worms

Wax Worms
White Clouds

 

Decorating
Bubbles
Driftwood
Gravel
Plastic Plants
Rocks
Slow Growing Plants

Miscellaneous
Bob's Acclimation

How to Start
How to Add New Fish
How to Keep Healthy
Which Fish Get Along?
10 Questions to Ask
What is Ich?
Under Gravel Filters

Sponge Filters
Cloudy Water

Cool Water Tanks
Gravel Vacuums
Preventing Disease
Feeding to the Max
Frozen Foods
Green Water
Nasty Chemicals
Overfeeding
Power Filters
Rift Lake Salts
Quarantine Tank
Mini-Tank
2nd Av Bait

Pet World Visit
Dandelions

Aquatic Plants
Amazon Swords
More Swords
Sword Plants III

Anubias
Aponogetons
A. boivinianus
A. fenestralis
A. ulvaceous
Aquarium/Bog
Banana Plant
Bolbitis
Bunch
Bunch Plants II
Cryptocorynes
Crystalwort
Dwarf Lily
Grassy
Grassy II
Hornwort
Hygrophila
Lace
Java Lance Fern
Java Moss
Moss Balls
Onion
Vermiculite

Watersprite

We don't ship critters or live fish.
When writing us, include your location. 
LA_Aqualand@msn.com

Google
 
Dr. M.F.H.Rehmani, Director, Museum of Life-Science, Institute of Higher Education, Jhansi, INDIA, May 2, 2008
Dear Sir; Would you please be so kind as to quote your lowest rates for the Following Preserved Specimens for Research use and anatomical studies? I would prefer specimens in 5 % Formaline Preservative for 7 days. Take out from formaline and keep them in 45 % Ethanol for 3 days to dehydrate the formaline. Take out the specimens and wash the specimens to reduce formaline to 0.5 %.
The damp-packed specimens can be sent through Fed-Ex (International: Economy) or through US AIR-MAIL PARCEL.
AMPHIBIANS :
Pipa pipa; Suriname-toads,3"- 4" Size, Preserved, 60 specimens
Tiger Salamander; Ambystoma tigrinum; ADULT, Preserved, 250 specimens
Spotted Salamander; A. maculatum, ADULT, Preserved, 100 Specimens
Eastern Newts, ADULT, Preserved, 150 specimens
Hellbender, Cryptobranchus, ADULT, Preserved, 7 specimens
FISHES :
Lepidosiren paradoxa, South American Lung-Fish,12"-15" Size,15 specimens.
Please do the needful and oblige. Thanks.

A:  Namaste and shukriya for your interest, however we can't supply your needs.  Check with Carolina Biological Supply instead.  LA

Dr. M.F.H.Rehmani, Director, May 2, 2008
WHY ARE YOU NOT IN A POSITION TO CONSIDER OUR EDUCATIONAL REQUEST? Please clarify and, if possible, consider SPECIALLY and oblige. Thanks/Shukriya, Namaste. 

A:  Aqualand is not a biological supplier.  We are a retail pet store.  I do not have the necessary permits to export.  I do not have the specimens you seek.  Are you just yanking my chain?  Did one of my friends in India put you up to this?  LA                  

Kelsey Vanmeter, Iowa, May 2, 2008
Do you have any ferrets (kits) available right now? If so, how much are they?  Thank You! 

A:  We have zero in stock today.  If we had any, they are now weighing in at $180.  LA

Jon T. Zych, Rochester, MN, April 2, 2008
I noticed a picture on your Brackish IV page labeled as a blue-spotted goby. Now I don't claim to be an expert, but I must say it looks far more like a Purple spotted Gudgeon.

A:  Don't be so modest.  Nearly everybody I know from Minnesota does claim to be an expert.  However, in this case I believe you are correct, sir (as Ed McMahon used to say).  I'm going to blame my mistake on the fact that Crayola changed the names of some of their crayons.  I've added your correction to my page.  Thanks.  LA
PS 
I've added your name to my list of Minnesotan experts.

Stuart Miller, Department of Defense Buyers Guide, May 2, 2008
Company ID: 2223666705
We recently sent you pre-publication proof of your company and product information for 2007 government market.
This is the information that will be seen by government buyers. You need to check and approve your company and product information before we can publish this information.
Please go to:
http://www.homelandbuyer.com/r10/?ID=2223666705&MID=5285&ProofID=9948E743-FA79-3A83-CD48E229FFCF2BB7

A:  You sent me the 2008 proof not the 2007.  Anyway, I don't want to sell my guppies to the government.  LA

BigDave, May 3, 2008
Hi, where would be the best place to order killifish eggs?

A:  From members of the American Killifish Association -- aka.org.  You need to join to participate.  Unfortunately, they publish their website info in white print on a black background.  They get 90% for cool and 10% for readability.  LA

Dave Larson, Vermont, April 4, 2008
I am writing to inquire about the availability of Siberian Chipmunks. I would be traveling through Iowa and would pick up in person.

A:  Sorry.  We haven't had any for several months.  If you're coming to Iowa anyway, drop in and say "Hey."  LA

J. Chan, Iowa, May 4, 2008
When is the next shipment for round tail betta? I'm looking to buy about 10 fish maybe even more...  Will you give me special price if I buy a lot?

A:  I'm ordering 30 roundtails for Friday delivery.  If you buy 10, I will give you an extra one free.  LA

Lukester825, May 8, 2008
I have had an albino clawed frog for about two years now, but just recently it seems that one of his legs is getting fatter than the other.  Maybe it's swollen?  It just seems more jiggily than the other. Have you ever encountered this?  I hope it's not going to turn fatal. 

A:  When it comes to frog diseases, you're barking up the wrong tree when you ask me.  The only thing I can suggest is make sure he has clean water and do not overfeed him.  Outside of that, I'm not much help.  LA

Cris Thomas-Seaton, BC, Canada, May 8, 2008
Hey guys, I emailed you before and you were a great help. I've left my tank in Halifax with a friend over the summer while I'm working in British Columbia. She's having a really bad algae bloom problem with a 3-4 month established tank, only grass plants, Black Shark, and clown pleco. I've already put into a canister filter a pack of algae killer from pets unlimited (supposed to take phosphate out of water), but I don't know what else she's done to fix it. I instructed a 50% water change and told her I would email you guys for some advice. Any ideas? Thanks a million.

A:  Water changes usually encourage algae growth.  Excess light always encourages algae growth.  If she's leaving the lights on 24 hours, she needs to cut the light to 8 or 10 hours.  Also, the newer 32-watt bulbs are nearly twice as bright as the "older" 40-watters -- one more reason for cutting back on the hours of light.  Floating plants such as water sprite and duckweed will reduce light and absorb plant nutrients.  On my tanks with the brighter bulbs, I've wrapped pieces of aluminum foil.  LA
PS  Is that thanks a million bucks or thanks a million loonies?

Cherií Smith, Mims, FL, May 9, 2008
Greetings! I am from
Mims, Florida, (between Daytona and Cape Canaveral), and I have really enjoyed your site! I have spent several hours going through it, and learning stuff, =-)
Hereís my story; I have 3 rubber horse troughs that each contain about 50 gallons of water, in three different pastures. (Well, actually, only two are for horses, the other one is for a hobby herd of Fallow deer.) They are hooked to automatic waterers, so the water is constantly being changed as the animals drink. The critters can drink 40 gallons a day, so the tanks get a gradual 100% replacement of water in a 24-hour period. Only two are used continuously. The third tank is used maybe once a week or less. The water is shallow well iron and sulfur water; the stuff that turns your hair orange if you donít use a filter (or if your husband doesnít change the darn filter to the house when heís supposed to! The water troughs get unfiltered water). Also, the temp of the water goes from 40* in the winter to around 99* in the summer. All the tanks are shaded. Once or twice the days have been over 100*.
Iím a pretty lazy person, and really hate scrubbing water troughs, so I took a friendís recommendation and stocked all the tanks with feeder fish. I did it as a labor saving device, but I have found that I really enjoy the fish! Out of 15 in the deer tank, only 4 survived, but they are about 4Ē long now (from an inch a year ago) and bright orange. In the horse tank, of 20, a good 15 have survived 6 months, and are over 2Ē long. I took 4 of those and put them in the auxiliary tank to take care of algae and mosquito larvae and they are very happily stuffing themselves silly. When the animals take a drink, the fish dart up to their mouths and eat the bits they drop while drinking. Itís very cute!
So, hereís my questions. I want to make more of the tanks. I read on your site about adding snails (The fish still donít clear out enough algae) and a few plants. But I am afraid the deer and the horses will eat the plants. I am also interested in different kinds of fish. Also, I had a blue crayfish in an indoor aquarium, and really enjoyed her. I had thought about getting one or two for the water troughs. Would it attack the fish? The one in the aquarium was pretty aggressive. And actually smart!
Have you ever had such a question? Can you make recommendations? I would love to see a section about critter tanks on your website, =-)
Thanks for such an interesting and informative site!

A:  In our neck of the woods, goldfish do great in horse tanks.  The new water coming in constantly makes them hungry, healthy, and happy.  However, we don't worry much about algae. I don't think snails control algae much.   To control algae, you can add water hyacinths.  They grow fast and will shade and cool your tanks.  Yes, they're illegal in Florida, but they grow wild all over Florida.  You'll need to thin them occasionally or you'll never see your fish.  Plecostomus enjoy eating  algae but you need to remove them during the winter.  Crayfish pretty much stay on the bottom and will pose a limited threat to your goldfish.  LA

Brendon Huynh, Hacienda Heights, CA, May 10, 2008
Does APET do hobbyist orders? Can you ask them? I really want some kinds of fish that I can't find here, but they have which are wrestling half beaks, flounders, clown plecos, and zig zag eels. Where do you get your wrestling half beaks?

A:  APET does not sell to hobbyists. Wholesalers do not sell to hobbyists.  APET delivers by truck, so they don't sell to California.  To buy fish from a wholesaler, you need a permit from your state, a sales tax permit, and a hefty minimum order.  Several fish wholesalers conduct business in California.  Your local fish store should be able to get those fish you want from a California source.  They are neither rare nor expensive.  LA

John McDermott, May 10, 2008
Hey. I was just wondering if it was normal that a Russian tortoise does not drink, because I have had my tortoise for maybe 2 months and I haven't seen it drink yet? Thank you!

LA

A:  Russian tortoises drink water.  You just haven't seen yours drink.  Make sure you provide a low water dish yours can get into.  If you're providing a lot of fruit (not recommended) your turtle will need less water.  They do better on weeds.  Here's a helpful site for you by Dr. Joe Heinen, DC:  russiantortoise.org  LA

John McDermott, May 11, 2008
1 more question. Is there a way to tell how old my Russian tortoise is? The place I got it from said he was a bout a year but I don't know. Thank you.

LA

A:  On most turtles/tortoises you can count the ridges on their scutes.  Each ridge usually represents one winter (but not always) when they go into hibernation.  Russian tortoises also go into estivation during hot weather, so they probably get an extra ridge.  However, in captivity they usually go into neither.  Most of those sold appear to be in the 5 to 15-year-old bracket.  I really doubt he was one year old.  LA
PS 
I'm just now uploading changes to my Russian tortoise page.  You can probably already access part of it if you want.

John McDermott, May 12, 2008
Oh, that's great because I didn't know you had a Russian tortoise page. Thanks.  Let me know if you need any pictures of Russian tortoises, painted turtles, or river cooters.

A:  I have plenty Russians and painteds.  I would be interested in cooter pictures.  LA


Q&As Jan I 0108
Q&As Jan II 0108
Q&As Jan III 0108
Q&As Feb I 0208

Q&As Feb II 0208

Q&As Feb III 0208

Q&As Mar I 0308
Q&As Mar II 0308

Q&As Mar III 0308

Q&As Apr I 0408

Q&As Apr II 0408

Q&As Apr III 0408

Q&As May I 0508

Q&As May II 0508

Q&As May III 0508

 

 

 

LA_Aqualand@msn.com

© 200LA Productions
aqualandpetsplus.com

                                                

3600 Sixth Avenue

Corner of Sixth & Euclid Avenues

Des Moines, IA 50313

515 283-0300

Home

Fish

Other Stuff

 

Anabantids
Betta Leaf 
Betta Breed 1
Betta Breed II
Betta Info
Betta  Housing
Betta Pla Kat
Choc Gourami
Climbing Perch
Gourami Pix
Kiss. Gourami
Osphronemus
Pearl Gourami
More Pearls
Paradise Fish  
Snakehead
Spawn Gourami
T. trichopterus

Catfish  
Banjo
Bullheads
Bull Sharks
Channel  
Corydoras
Cory Pics
Electric
Glass
Hoplos
Otocinclus
Pangassius
Pictus
Plecostomus
Pleco Bristle
Pleco Costly I
Pleco Costly II
Pleco Costly III
Pleco Costly IV
Pleco Costly VI

Raphael
Red-Tail
Shovelnose
Sun
Synodontis
Synodontis petricola
Turushuki Catfish
Upside-down
Misc Catfish
Misc Catfish II
Misc Catfish III

Misc Catfish IV

Cichlids
African I
African II
African III
African IV

Amer. Small
Amer.  Med 
Amer. Large
Angelfish I
Angelfish II
Angelfish III
Angelfish IV
More Angels
Buttikoferi

Chocolate
Chocolate Spawning
Cichlid Decor
Cichlid Food
Convicts
Convicts 2
Convicts 3
Convicts 4
Dempseys
More Dempseys
Discus
Dither Fish
Flower Horn
Green Terror
Jaguar
More Jaguars
Jaguar Spawning

Jaguar Spawning II
Jewel Fish
Keo's Flowerhorns
Keo's Flowerhorns II
Kribensis

Oscars 1
Oscars 2
Oscars 3
Oscars 4
Oscars 5
More Oscar
More Oscar II
More Oscars III
More Oscars 2007
Peacock Bass
Red Devils
More Red Devil
 
Red Parrots

Red Parrots Spawn
Pikes
Pink Tilapia
Rams
Red Bay Snooks
Roger Stephen's Cichlids
Severums
More Severums
Severums III

Tanganyikans
Texas Cichlid
Texas Spawning

Texas Spawn II
Uarus
Misc Cichlids I
Misc Cichlids II
Misc Cichlids III
Misc Cichlids IV
Misc Cichlids V
Misc Cichlids VI
Misc Cichlids VII
Misc Cichlids VIII

Livebearer  
Guppies
Half-Beak
Mollies
Moons/Platys
Swordtails

Minnows/Tetra 
Barbs
Barbs, Black
Barbs, Gold

Barbs, Rosy
Barbs, Tiger
Barbs, Tinfoil

Danios

Distochodus
Fathead Minnows
Headstanders
Killies, Econ.
Killies, Golden
Killies, Peat
Killies, Plant
Misc Mini-Fish
Pacķs 

Piranha, Black
Piranha, Red
Rainbowfish

Rainbowfish, Dwarf Neon
Rainbowfish, Irian

Silver Dollar
Tetras, Larger
Tetras, Smaller
Tetras, Spawn
Tetra, Vampire
White Clouds

Pond Fish
Carp
Channel Cat
Gold. Comets
Gold. Fantails
More Fantails
Gold. Oriental  
Gold Oriental II 
Gold. Spawn
Kloubec Koi Farm
Koi
Koi II

Koi III
Plecostomus
Shubunkins

Oddballs  
Af. Butterfly
Af. Lungfish
Af. Mudskippr
American Eel
Archer Fish

Arowana
Bichirs
Borneo Suckers
Brackish I
Brackish II
Brackish III
Brackish IV
Brackish V
Michael Troung's Pix
Butterfly/Wasp
Chameleon Fish
Chromides

Chin Alg Eater
Crazy Fish
Crocodile Fish

Datnioides

Dojo
Electric Cat
Electric Eels

Elephant Nose
Exodon paradoxus
Flounder
Gars
 
Glassfish
Goby Bumble
Goby Butterfly
Goby Dragon
Goby Misc.
Half-Beak
Knife African
Knife Clown
Knife Ghost
Loach Botias
Loach Clown
Loach Kuhli
Loach Weather
Moray Eel  
Peacock Gudgeons
Polypterids
Puffers

Ropefish
Scats
Siam Algae Eater
 
Spiny Eels 
Snakehead
Stingray
Stonefish
Wasp Fish
Wolffish
Wrest Half-Beak
Misc Mini-Fishes
Misc Odd
Misc Odd II
Misc Odd III
Misc Odd  IV

Misc Odd V

Sharks  
Bala
Black
Bull
Chinese Hi-Fin Banded
Iridescent
Red-Tail
Siam Algae Eater

Pond Info 
Blank Park Zoo
Bob Humphrey's Ponds
Cattails
Maffett Reservoir
DMACC's Pond
D.M. Botanical Center
D.M. Water Works
Dr. Ervanian's Garden
Duckweed

Dwarf Lily
Ewing Park "Pond"
Jan & Chris's Water Garden
John McDonald's Pond
Hall's Four Acres
Klines' Water Garden
Landscaper Effects
Mini-Pond Pics
Pioneer Corn's Pond
Pond Fish Predators
Pond on 38th Street 
Pond Pics
Pond Plants
More Pond Plants
Pond Plants III
Reiman Ponds
River Scenes
Riverview Island
Selin's Water Gardens
Selin's Japanese Garden
Tom's Used Cars Pond
Urbandale Duck Pond
Water Hyacinth
Water Lettuce
Wild Ponds