Aquariumania - Tropical Fish as Pets - Pets & Animals on Pet Life Radio (

Oct 21 2020 37 mins 1.8k

Is your family thinking of adding a fish tank or pond to your home? Fish tanks and ponds are wonderful places to observe a habitat on a smaller scale. Its like having your very own window into a fresh water riverbed or saltwater ocean. Keeping aquarium fish is a pleasurable and educational hobby for families around the world. Keeping fish as pets has been a tradition going back to ancient Egypt and China. Today, many more different, beautiful and fascinating kinds of fish and other aquatic animals can thrive in your home if you learn the dos and don’ts and get the right equipment. Aquariums and ponds are living, breathing aquatic works of art that can be as simple or as complex as your imagination and skills allow. In these fun pet podcasts, you'll learn all about aquarium fish and other aquatic animals, the aquarium industry, and the science and art that surround this fascinating hobby! So dive in--the water is fine!

Aquariumania - Episode 10 North American Native Fishes: Aquatic Pets from Your Own Back Yard
Mar 17 2010 37 mins  
North American Native Fishes are often overlooked and under appreciated as aquarium specimens. However many of our native fishes, not only make excellent aquarium subjects, but also rival some of the more commonly available tropicals in color and beauty. Combine this with the fact that you can go on your own collecting adventure, often nearby--or perhaps even in your own back yard--and you have a great reason to give a second look at North American Native Fishes as subjects for your next (or first) home aquarium. Among the many native darters, minnows, sunfish and killifish, there's sure to be a North American Native Fish that will suit your "aquaristic" taste. Brian Skidmore has been keeping a variety of aquarium fish for over 30 years, but more recently, has focused on killifish and North American Native Fishes, especially those native to his home state of Florida. He has participated in numerous collecting trips throughout the State of Florida and other southeastern states, and through this experience has been able to collect, photograph and learn about many of Florida's native fishes. Brian is co-author of the "Florida Collecting Guide, a Guide to the Collection, Identification and Aquarium Maintenance of Florida's Non-Game Fishes", which was recently published in its 3rd edition, and an active member of a number of regional and national aquarium fish societies.

Aquariumania - Episode 7 How Aquarium Societies Can Help You Avoid Common Fish Keeping Mistakes
Jan 12 2010 43 mins  
Where can aquarium fish hobbyists go for general information and help? Hobbyist organizations are an excellent source of knowledge in all aspects of the hobby, and can provide great tips on fish, systems, supplies, and local stores. There are local aquarium societies in many cities in the U.S. that cater to both freshwater and marine enthusiasts. There are also national hobbyist organizations that are even more specialized. These organizations can help you get to the next level, as my guest Bill Shields will tell you.. Bill Shields started keeping fish at the ripe old age of six. Sometime after college, Bill started working "officially" in the aquarium industry, becoming general manager of three Docktor Pet Centers in the Harrisburg, PA area. He joined the Susquehanna Aquarium Society in 1974 and was formally introduced to the organized portion of the hobby. He became very active in all facets of the society, and later joined other hobbyist organizations. During a hiatus from working in the retail aquarium industry, while Bill worked as an elephant handler and "midwife," he and a group of eight formed the Tampa Bay Aquarium Society in 1992. In 1995, Bill was hired as a breeder for 5-D Tropical, Inc., an aquarium fish production and import/export facility in Plant City, Florida. Join us as Bill and I discuss aquarium fish hobbyist do’s and don’ts, and how to avoid common mistakes.

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