I have to ask what camera are you taking pictures with and how in the world do you get such good pictures?
Taking aquarium photos is not easy. I've tried a lot of different approaches and cameras. My daughter is a film editor and takes a lot of photos has spent hours with her DLSR trying to take good photos on the tank and it's just not as easy as it seems like it should be.
I've found the best shots come from my Sony RX100 III camera set in Scene/Hand Held Twilight mode. The camera takes a burst of shots and then the camera uses image processing to reduce subject blur, camera shake, and noise. I use this camera for backpacking trips because of it's light weight and excellent photos. If I use any other cameras/iphones/ipads for the aquarium then it's a lot of work to get the photos to come our half way decent.
Photos are taken at night time in complete darkness with only the tank lights on. There's a large window on the wall to the right with blinds. Even with the blinds closed, during the day there's enough light that gets into the room such that the room, contents and myself would show up in reflection of the tank. Tank photos turn out much better when the room is in complete darkness.
I've really learned to appreciate photos taken from other hobbyist that have been submitted for competitions, they're really a work of art and not easy to do.
Thanks for the kind words Ken. Glad to see you and the tank are doing well. I am in the same boat of trying to enjoy this nice weather and balance some time with the tank. It is taking its toll a bit on the tank right now, but nothing I can't bounce back from.
We will see about the title change- I know right now would not be the right time, need too much dedication to a new setup!
I understand completely regarding balancing non-tank and tank time. I'm getting much more BBA than I've had before due to lack of maintenance, but it's a trade off and I'm hoping to catch up this Memorial Day weekend on some long overdue maintenance. Spring-Summer is really my outside time, and fall-winter is my aquarium time. I feel this works out great and hopefully will help prevent aquarium hobby burn out.