August 27, 2004
Maybe the hardest part about aquarium keeping is getting pictures of the tank inhabitants. Something new to work at, anyhow, so I've put up a gallery of aquarium shots to track my progress. Happily the Powershot G5 has manual focus and shutter priority, so after about 60 shots I started to figure some things out. The neon tetras are almost impossible to capture, so they're mostly represented as blue and red blurs in the photos I have so far. The lemon tetras are a little more steady. The platies, which don't look particularly busy, were sort of hard to nail down, too.
While we're on the subject of aquariums, a thumbs up goes to Maquarium, which has almost everything I need to keep track of my tanks (just started a small planted tank that ought to be picking up a small school of rasboras as accent fish in the next week or so once the plants look healthy). The one thing I'd add if I could would be a category for plants.
wow! mph has a new hobby! (maybe. is it new?) is all this in a "macquarium?" :D
Posted by: gl. at August 29, 2004 10:26 AM
Oh... I've had the aquarium for a few years now, and I used to keep one a long time ago.
The current one languished for a while, came down with a pretty bad case of old tank syndrome, and I lost a few of the inhabitants. Part of babyproofing Ben's room, though, entailed moving the aquarium out of the corner where we couldn't see it and into the bedroom, so I decided I wanted to make it a little more cheerful if we're to be waking up to it every morning.
I suppose the thing I'm most interested in next is going to wait until after we move, whenever that happens, at which point I'll be looking into building a much bigger tank... something closer to 75 or 100 gallons. Hard to do something on that scale now because we have the space, but none of it's very ideal: Too much direct sunlight or spots that would be hard to control in terms of temperature. But a bigger tank means more opportunities for lots of little schooling fish, which are always spectacular.
Posted by: mph at August 29, 2004 11:33 AM