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A couple of Coffee's, but mainly Fishchicks!

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Hey guys,

A handful of us met up together to pillage Jodi-Lea's store after a new shipment from Peru (?) arrived today after being in quarantine. Unfortunately I did not partake in the purchasing of new and exciting dwarves, as I had only planned to pick up a pretty standard Tetra order that Jodi-Lea was holding for me; on the same day as all of these other fish nerds were inbound on their search for F0 Apistogramma.

It was a good day out for me making the 90 minute trip south from Caloundra as I got to put a couple of faces to names for those I hadn't met previously, and catch up with a few people that I had known previously from sales and trades. I attended with wallet and camera in hand, choosing the usual nifty 50mm lens which proved to be pretty useless for any full room shots, but I still got some pretty nice photos to showcase Jodi's fantastic store and the good time we all had spending money there!

Without further adieu (and in chronological order..);

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Apistogramma eunostus. This gorgeous female (.. or possibly not) ended up in the capable hands of gingerbeers son, Squirt. Was a funny fish and a perfect model!

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Apistogramma cacatuoides male.

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The Blue Mustard Halfmoon Betta pair that KenR60 ended up with.

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Hello sweety! I have to be honest and say that I'm usually not a fan of Bettas, but some of the more advanced strains are absolutely stunning.

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A few of Jodi-Leas tanks, first shot are actual stock tanks, not displays. Beautiful!

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Beautiful Guppies.

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(My) Hemigrammus erythrozonus, Glowlight Tetra, picked up 30 of these gorgeous specimens who are now settling in nicely to their new surroundings.

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Apistogramma eunostus

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Apistogramma bitaeniata

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gingerbeer (minus asscrack) and Rod hunting females of one of the newly arrived species, with Rod pictured retiring to the pillow.

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gingerbeer teasing some beautiful Angels.

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A. macmasteri complex male (hope that's correct!).

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Rod and briztoon (Right) checking out the Dicrossus maculatus that I spotted but failed to mention until late in the precedings!

Anyway, that's it, but it was a good fun day out and nice to catch up with a few forum members!

Cheers,

japes.

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Picture 1 and 11 are the Apistogramma eunostus - this is a great fish and a bit of a chamleon. Changes colour a lot. The top 1 looked more yellow in the tank - and that and the black ventrals suggest female. The dorsal says male. Eunotus are messing with my head as I have a "pair" with more conventional male/ female dorsals - but not as intense yellow and no black on the fins. I am going to get these going as I love these fish.

Picture 12 is a female yellow bitaeniata - very tempting fish those. Colour is surprisingly good in the male.

Was good to meet you all - and Well done Ken - came for Coffee and left with a tank and fish. At least I came for a pair and left with two pairs, and the eunotus for squirt, and some food.

When you go fish shopping it is good to go with people who know there stuff.

Think we need to officially form the apisto club - meet whenever jodie gets her next shipment. I had a blast.

Steve

p.s. Squirt and Mym always complained about my jeans being up around my belly - so I got a pair of cool jeans - lowhung jeans - now they complain about the bum crack. I thought it was meant to be sexy????

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Squirt and Mym always complained about my jeans being up around my belly - so I got a pair of cool jeans - lowhung jeans - now they complain about the bum crack. I thought it was meant to be sexy????

Well when you walk out of the plant room and turn the corner for the apsito room, the sight of head down crack up is a bit confronting.

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Apisto club is a Great idea....we could meet in the coffee shop above Fishchicks at 12 noon the Tuesday after every shipment!!

I'm thinking of moving all my tanks to 100mm off the ground....got very comfortable down there....very Happy I missed Steve's rear end!

Gee Steve....I thought my hair was grey!!! :lol:

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Think we need to officially form the apisto club - meet whenever jodie gets her next shipment. I had a blast.

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LOL I don't think I have the room at home or work for more tanks or Fish so you may have to count me out!!!! I'm not Hard enough to work in and out of FishChicks without buying something ;-)

Was a Good to catch up and put faces to the names too. Excellent Photos japes, especially without any specialised lighting!

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I'm sorry I missed catching up with you all. Maybe next shipment.. Sounds like you all had some fun looking at all the new apistos. The angels in Japes pics are the Wild type Peruvian scalares, They were only taken to the shop Monday so they look like they settled down well.

cheers

T

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I think the Angels are being sold as Peruvian Altums. They are in the tank with some very nice looking Apistogramma veijita II (?).

And I couldn't help myself, went back today and bought a pair of Apistogramma juruensis sp. "Black-chin". Which meant I had to buy a new tank on the way home.

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The viejita II have always been there, they are a line bred macmasteri jodi informs me.

Those Altums are sexy looking fish, passed on them though dont trust them with my tetra.

Cant wait till I'm ready to get some apisto's.

Damn you ryan for buying that driftwood i was guna get it this arvy but noticed you had it last nite. :esup:

Anyways the new apisto's look great, love going to that shop everytime.

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On average what amount of usable shots do you get? I was trying to take photos of my African's, but they move way too fast to even get a single decent shot. In around the thirty I took, I only got two - three useable.

This is using a 350D with a 50/1.8 too.

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Depends on each particular fish, lighting, and settings. I try and keep shutter speeds between 1/60-1/120 at F1.8 and adjust my ISO appropriately to keep exposure decent, never going above 800. If you've got active Africans you're going to need to sacrifice the ISO to keep Aperture around at least 2.8 and as fast a shutter speed as possible. With the peaceful less active Americans, I find that I can usually sit at 1/80-1/125, F1.8, ISO200 with my tanks lighting and just keep my focus on the eyeball, and move myself as necessary.

Too much lighting can be an issue too with a white substrate as it will reflect and the belly of your fish, particularly if they've got lightly coloured bottom sides will blow out and look unnatural. In a good situation where I've got a couple of T5's above a tank, reasonably calm fish or fish that only move quickly in bursts, and fish that aren't scared of being watched with a camera, I'd say 75% of my shots are useable, with about 15-20% being crystal clear shots, with maybe 5% total having good composition, dof, fish position/fin position etc. that end up being shots I'm really happy with.

Ultimately though, lighting and gear (unless you're using external flash triggers) aside, it depends on the fish. I've shot maybe 500-600 photos of my S. leucosticta tank trying to get good photos of my dominant male. Now by most peoples standards there's a heap of nice shots in that collection, but 0 that I'm happy with that showcase how gorgeous the fish really is - and overall I've got 1 shot of those specimens that I'm really proud of. Then I've got the other tank, with LESS lighting, but the Orange Heads are perfect models. I was shooting my Otocinclus the other day in my Tapajos (near)biotope, decided I'd snap a quick shot of a dominant male as he swam past, and ended with this:

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Other than the female in the background being a little distracting that shot is perfect, not cropped. I'm glad I got it, but it's still frustrating.

Anyway I've strayed way off topic. :/

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Think we need to officially form the apisto club - meet whenever jodie gets her next shipment. I had a blast.

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LOL I don't think I have the room at home or work for more tanks or Fish so you may have to count me out!!!! I'm not Hard enough to work in and out of FishChicks without buying something ;-)

Was a Good to catch up and put faces to the names too. Excellent Photos japes, especially without any specialised lighting!

Wow can you kept tanks at your work?

How lucky are you.

What sort of job do you have?

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