Hyzer, I've just found my way over here from your 40 Breeder Log, which I've been following, and loving, for quite a while. You are right about the bind of aquarium photography being adequate light. What seems like good light to the eye is just not up to the job of making a good image.
There was a discussion at the Aquatic Photography Forum a while back on this issue, and one member posted this excellent summary of an inexpensive aquarium flash photo setup
. The cost was $170 back in 2009.
All the best.
Thanks for the advice Chris. I've figured out how to work my D40 a bit since I was struggling last year. I appreciate you taking interest in my tinkering.
A couple changes are coming to this tank next week:
The Cherries are just kind of surviving and not reproducing. I came to the conclusion that my sponge filters are just not cutting it. Something is building up, and I don't want to be doing frequent water changes on this tank. I think running it through a few different types of media will help. I purchased an Aquaclear 50 because they have been solid for me in the past and offer good filtration on a budget. I'll put a sponge on the inlet to keep it shrimp safe.
Plant growth has been slow and ugly, especially for the crypts. Yesterday I pulled the trigger on a Harris 9296 regulator for $50 on ehay, a 5 lb. aluminum CO2 cylinder, and a Burkert 6011 solenoid. I have an extra Swagelok metering valve from my other post body. I'll visit my local hydraulic shop on my lunch break this week to get all the fittings. I'm going to use my old Atomizer to mist. Since the single Fugeray won't put a high demand on CO2, I should keep CO2 levels shrimp safe (possibly beneficial?) and avoid the seltzer water look.
Even though none of these improvements were costly, the Fugeray, filter, and pressurized CO2 takes away from my initial budget "easy mode" intentions for this tank. It was nice to know I could do it, but if I'm able, why not provide optimal conditions for my plants and shrimp?