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01 Apr 2014 20:13 - 01 Apr 2014 20:20 #1 by Jim (Jim Lawlor)
just starting with new lens - this is the first usable pic!

Thorichtys maculpinnis


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01 Apr 2014 20:22 - 01 Apr 2014 20:32 #2 by JohnH (John)
Jim,
Changed pb link to image in the post.
That's a nice fish, from what I've managed to find out the maculpinnis is actually a synonym for eliotti. It certainly looks like the eliotti I have here so maybe that might be right
Did you buy it/them as maculpinnis?
John

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01 Apr 2014 21:33 #3 by Jim (Jim Lawlor)
Thanks John - just getting to grips with some of this . . . .

Yes he's an ellioti - I had read that ellioti is the synonym and maculpinnis is now considered correct species name (but that could change every 5 mins!!)

He killed his mate, so I'm growing out some new partners for him and readying some dithers in a 200L just for them.

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01 Apr 2014 21:36 - 01 Apr 2014 21:38 #4 by Jim (Jim Lawlor)
These are my cutters cichlids with fry. The first batch seemed to need very small first food, so for their next spawn, I put them into a tank where a large thorichthys aureus had been redecorating with no SAE or plecs etc and let the moss grow. Water parameters are fine and the fry now swarm all over alll the algal growth - hopefully picking up lots of microscopic food until I can get them onto something larger (that was the plan, anyway).


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01 Apr 2014 21:42 - 01 Apr 2014 21:45 #5 by Jim (Jim Lawlor)

wild Bolivian Ram
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01 Apr 2014 22:43 #6 by JohnH (John)
Nice sharp pics Jim - what's the new lens?

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01 Apr 2014 22:55 #7 by Jim (Jim Lawlor)
It's a Nikon micro-nikkor 105mm f/2.8

I don't fully understand all of that - but it's a fairly nice lens for close-ups and small subjects (you can see the pollen on the hairs of bumble bees!) only thing is it seems to demand a lot of light, more than I have in most of my tanks.

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01 Apr 2014 23:04 #8 by JohnH (John)
A nice lens alright, have you tried increasing the ISO to compensate?
I know this creates 'noise', but for Forum use it isn't too critical.

John

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01 Apr 2014 23:10 #9 by Jim (Jim Lawlor)
I'll start experimenting with that next - I wanted to see how far I could push it- really pleased with what it's capable of. Maybe I'll setup a lighting system like we used to see on the posts from Mo Devlin (Aquamojo)

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01 Apr 2014 23:40 #10 by JohnH (John)
Denis (tanks-a-lot) used to use a very basic lighting set-up using something like an anglepoise lamp.

Somewhere I have the nucleus of the excellent talk which Daragh Owens did for an ITFS meeting, I keep meaning to paraphrase it and put it up on the Forum.
Daragh's fish photography is 'legendary' and I'm sure that everyone could benefit from his advice and suggestions.

Now, where did I put it???

John

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24 Jun 2014 20:49 - 24 Jun 2014 20:50 #11 by Jim (Jim Lawlor)
I know I leave big gaps between updates . . . .

I decided I didnt like the texas holey rock / coral sand style of my tang tank - so tried to make it more natural, with rounded boulders and grey sand - rebuilt the whole setup in a 300l. Need to replace the green intakes with black (thoese green ones really stand out).



fish are 6x lamprologus ocellatus blue, 6 x neolamprologus brichardi and 4 wild synodontis petricola
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24 Jun 2014 20:53 #12 by Aroshni (Lydia Olivera)
Agree with you, this rocks looks better than the others and the setup is more natural.

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24 Jun 2014 20:56 #13 by LemonJelly (Johnny Cowley)
i love the big round rocks and I daresay it's closer to the actual look of the lake. I bet you were sweating putting them in; if not from lifting them, then from fear of dropping one! :pinch:

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24 Jun 2014 21:12 #14 by Jim (Jim Lawlor)

LemonJelly wrote: i love the big round rocks and I daresay it's closer to the actual look of the lake. I bet you were sweating putting them in; if not from lifting them, then from fear of dropping one! :pinch:


I was absolutely bricking it!

I actually only added the ones on the left after the territories for the brichardi's didnt work out - so had to put it in with the ocellatus attacking my arms. They dont break the skin but they really put you off

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25 Jun 2014 23:06 #15 by platty252 (Darren Dalton)
Loving the Cutteri tank. It must of took ages to grow the algae for them. :laugh:
I'm sure there will be plenty of microorganisms for the fry to feed on. Very cleaver.

The Brichardi's tank looks fantastic. A nice breath of fresh air compared to most lake Tanganyika setups.
With a bit of aging it will look incredibly natural. I'd love to see it in 6-12 months time.

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26 Jun 2014 07:38 #16 by hammie (Neil Hammerton)
some lovely fish and great photos....
If you have to increase the ISO then you can always run the photo thru a program like ISO magic that helps to reduce the noise again once the photo has been taken!!!

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