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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-23-2019, 03:40 PM Thread Starter
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Just got some beautiful guppies

I had the fortune to meet with a very accomplished hobby breeder from Tennessee yesterday and we traded some plants and fish. Not sure he'd want me using his name on the forums, but honestly he's the most knowledgeable hobbyist I've met in years. What I'd have given to have known folks like him when I had my LFS or was more into breeding fish. We talked a lot about tricks and tips of breeding different species and culturing live foods and I learned more in two hours than I had from reading entire books on the subjects we discussed. It was almost enough to want to set up fish tanks! Anyway, we went over his impressive stock list and as much as I wanted several Apistos and so forth he's working with, I decided on guppies and I traded him some of my white clouds for two pair of Japan blue double swords.



I didn't think there was much out there harder to photograph than white clouds, but I was wrong. These things never hold still and if the are between the camera and the light their colors wash out completely. Didn't photo the females as they are colorless. Here are the only decent shots I was able to get out of about 25 snaps.

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Not sure yet what my plans are for these, because I literally have shrimp in every tank I own at this point. I moved them to a heated cull tank for now, and it's pretty evident that there won't be many any shrimp babies growing up with these in there! My mother passed away earlier in the year and my nephew is going to take her planted tank so I'll probably gift these to him when everything has settled down and the tank is ready. But in the meantime I'm enjoying one of the first fish I ever kept as a kid.

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I can see their colors-- they look amazing! They glow

What a great experience to be able to learn from another life-long fish-keeper Thats why I like to go to the local aquarium society meetings, they have people there that have been keeping/breeding fish for decades. Very accomplished fish keepers with really wonderful stories to tell.
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I can see their colors-- they look amazing! They glow

What a great experience to be able to learn from another life-long fish-keeper Thats why I like to go to the local aquarium society meetings, they have people there that have been keeping/breeding fish for decades. Very accomplished fish keepers with really wonderful stories to tell.

Yeah, it's great to meet someone so knowledgeable about what you're most interested in. He ID'd every plant I have at my shop by its Latin name and corrected a couple of my own mis- identifications. And his thoughts on culturing live foods could have been an aquarium TED talk.
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Thanks for your kind words and for the illustrated lesson with your own well grown aquatic plants during our visit. I also appreciated the shrimp clarifications & corrections on what I thought I understood. I look forward to our next meeting and have a surplus vintage aquarium plant book to share.

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Any time, Mike! And if there's time next visit, my home aquariums are more aesthetically set-up than the cluttered shrimp breeders and overgrown 125's. And I meant to tell you, of the 8 plant species you brought, I didn't have 6 of them! The ratio is usually the other way around at best.

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Are they lyre tail guppies? They're beautiful!
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Japanese doubleswords I believe was the cultivar. Already raising up one batch of babies. It's weird having tanks with no 'pods in them now!
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Bit late to the thread, but for future reference (for you and others): When photographing guppies, push your tank light as far forward as possible. Use the lowest ISO and highest shutter speed you can get away with. If you have the ability, burst mode shots are great. Keep your lens pressed right up against the glass. If all else fails, put the fish in a tiny tank and put a lamp over it (I use a baseball holder box turned upside down.)

For what it's worth, you made me feel a lot better about my struggles taking pics of my fish! I thought I was just a crappy photographer, but maybe I just picked too hard of a subject...
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