The black stripe in #1 was the cord of the heater I had in my growout tank. I wish I had the black background on so that wouldn't even be an issue.
Gah it's so tough choosing between these photos. I'm not sure how closely people look at these when they vote which makes me think going with vibrant colors is better than complexity but it's such a tough choice.
I really like #8 too.
I think the next competition topic will be getting a photo with the fish's mouth wide open. They don't want repeat entries so I also want to make sure that I have a good photo if that one comes around (or just try and take another...one or the other).
Thanks so much for your input