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Razzo said:
If I may,... here are a couple great articles for beginners.
http://photo.net/learn/basic-photo-tips ... speed-iso/
http://photo.net/learn/basic-photo-tips ... -exposure/
After you digest those, get his book: it is outstanding:
http://www.amazon.com/Understanding-Exp ... n+peterson
My best advise: pick up a DSLR and keep shooting :wink:
Thanks for the links, Russ. :thumb:

Als49 said:
Oh my, gorgeous fish and excellent photography skill! :thumb:
I'm curious how do you switch substrate? Is it going to be emptying the tank, and put everything back with the new substrate? Or is there any simpler and easier way?
Thank you!
For switching substrate, I use a ~1 inch hose, about 5 or 6 feet long, and a bucket. Remove rocks, turn off filters, heater, etc. and begin siphoning the water and sand into a bucket. When the bucket is full of water (and a few inches of sand) I empty just the water back into the tank. Keep on doing this until the bucket is nearly full of sand, or until you can no longer lift it. ;) Start again with a new bucket until all of the sand has been siphoned from the tank. By doing it this way you don't have to remove any livestock unless you're worried about them getting siphoned. :D
 

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Thank you!
For switching substrate, I use a ~1 inch hose, about 5 or 6 feet long, and a bucket. Remove rocks, turn off filters, heater, etc. and begin siphoning the water and sand into a bucket. When the bucket is full of water (and a few inches of sand) I empty just the water back into the tank. Keep on doing this until the bucket is nearly full of sand, or until you can no longer lift it. ;) Start again with a new bucket until all of the sand has been siphoned from the tank. By doing it this way you don't have to remove any livestock unless you're worried about them getting siphoned. :D
Welcome.

I imagine it takes a longer time to do it than to empty the tank and rehome the livestock.
 

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I'm not sure if it's faster or not, I've tried both methods and found the siphoning easier. If you drain the tank and remove the livestock you need another bucket for the fish as well as a way to remove the wet sand. I've used a dustpan in the past.
 

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What better way to spend New Years day than take pictures of fish?! Click and zoom if so inclined.















Hope to get to the Tropheus tomorrow.
 

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Never did get around to the Trophs. Switched up the 55g tank and got some pics a few days later. These Ps. saulosi are around 1.5-2 inches.













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Great photos man.

That little male Saulosi looks to be gem. My best male ever did not have the strong egg spot your dude has. Super cool...

Hara are gorgeous! Let's see the Trophs!
 

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Thanks Iggy! Unfortunately, the hara are gone. I had to euthanize the alpha male after he lost use of his tail fin. I suspect he ran into the glass or a rock during a chase. He had no rear movement after a week of sitting in quarantine. After that, 2 males took up the mantle and pretty much divided the tank in half. It was chaos for a few weeks and I had to throw in the towel. They're back where I got them along with ~20 offspring. I have another 15 or so growing out in a 20 long.
On with the Tropheus. They're getting bigger, about an inch longer than the last pics. Pretty slow growers. They're around 4 inches now I think, a year since I bought them around the 2 inch mark. I count myself lucky in that I've only lost one so far. That was shortly after I bought them. I stripped my first holding female a few days ago and am tumbling eggs. I suspect they're not fertilized. :x Not much going on there development wise. Anyway, on with the pics.











 

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Chester B said:
I'm going to have to make the long drive east one of these days so you can help me with my photography. I have the fish and the camera , but unfortunately not the talent. :oops:
lol, anytime, Chester. We could even meet halfway. I'm sure noddy or zimmy wouldn't mind us showing up unannounced. :D

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GTZ said:
Thanks guys. The fry food is Repashy gel food, Soilent Green.
Thanks. Another question :) How long do you leave the blocks in the tank for them to graze on?
I don't take them out actually. The food is gone usually within 5 or 6 hours if that.
I need to take some video after the food has been in the tank for an hour or two. You wouldn't believe the size of the bellies on these little guys.
Haha, I just saw this thread today. Better late than never eh? You are both absolutely welcome to show up at my place. Make sure you bring your camera though as I'm terrible at getting pics of my fish.
Great shots mate. I love the way the Morilos have come along.
 

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My Enantiopus sp. "Kilesa" male started to color up a couple of months ago. Just now getting around to taking some pics. Here's a before and after from January 2017 and today.




 

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They're a cool fish I have always liked those guys.
 

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cyclonecichlids said:
What camera's do you guys use to get such clear pictures?
Nikon D7100, 90mm macro, a bit out of date but still works well. I also use a speed light, that's the secret ingredient!

Iggy Newcastle said:
Those look great. Excellent shots. Just got some trophs myself.
Thanks Iggy, just watched your Tang vid, beautiful tank!! Saw your post about the rainbows, gorgeous fish. Enjoy!
 

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Agree the high speed flash (overhead usually) is a bigger factor than having the ultimate camera. Nice to see you here GTZ!
 
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