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 Post subject: Re: Haplochromis sp. "blue obliquidens"
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Terrific pictures...wonderful fishes photographs......I like all colourful fish photographs.Thanks for sharing these photographs.

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 Post subject: Re: Haplochromis sp. "blue obliquidens"
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Here's my male from Big Jim:
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He is looking very nice.

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The group of nine I got from BigJim turned out to be 7M:2F. The dominant male grew much faster than the subdominants and started killing them off, so I moved the subdominant males to another tank. Each female bred once and then ate their fry one day after spitting them out. Then one of the two females died. But the "pair" is doing quite well. I now have 12 little fry growing out and the lone female is once again in a 10 gallon tank holding.

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The dominant male sure does go nuts when I put his female back in the tank for him.

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I'm glad you got some fry. Hopefully you can get a larger breeding group from them. I'm sorry you got so many males. My breeding group is 4 males and 3 females.

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Very nice looking fish. Kevin, I think you know by know your pics rock ;) I think the best thing we can do for Victorian promotion is get every species into Kevins hands sooner or later 8)


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 Post subject: Re: Haplochromis sp. "blue obliquidens"
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Agreed! :wink:

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btw kevin, I am sure I asked you before but what camera do you use?


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Me wrote:
btw kevin, I am sure I asked you before but what camera do you use?


Canon 7D
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(Canon 15-85 mm lens for video)
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Everyone will tell you that the camera choice doesn't matter all that much, and that's true when you are taking pictures of motionless objects outside. But the 7D is a huge advantage when taking pictures of fast moving fish with only normal single tube tank lights. The advantage of the 7D is how fast it is and the fact that it can fire the flash (placed on top of the tank) remotely. An expensive camera doesn't actually make the pictures any better (okay, maybe the lens does), it just greatly increases the chance of being able to catch the best pose under less than ideal circumstances. For every 100 pictures I take, I only keep 2 or 3.

I forked out the cash for the Canon for it's 1080P HD video capabilities so I can capture my grand-daughter growing up (she's 5 now). The fish were a distant secondary consideration. This is my fourth digital camera (not counting the pocket cameras) so I guess I'm a little obcessed, but I use it for work a lot too.

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Thanks for all the info Kevin I like cameras, and am trying to learn. You surprised me a bit when you said grand daughter. I always pegged you for being closer to my age (36).

I just picked up a Panasonic GH2, and am very happy. It can't keep up with your 7D on pics, but I guarantee the video will make you jealous. Stock it is amazing, but this camera is hackable and it is very easy to take the 17 mbps maxed out stock video to as high as 176 mbps!! I used a more conservative hack yesterday and was blown away. I will be testing 170 mbps today! I will probably post some vids in the off topic part of this forum, but there is no way I can upload anywhere near the full quality obviously.

Anyways I need to try and catch up with your skill Kevin. This camera is still no slouch with pics, so I have no excuse. Just wish I was in the US so I could practice taking shots of my Vics!!!


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Me wrote:
You surprised me a bit when you said grand daughter. I always pegged you for being closer to my age (36).


I'm close to your age if you add a mere 22 years.

My blue obliquidens female just spit 47 little (and I do mean little) fry 10 minutes ago. Quite the feat for a fish less than 2 inches long.

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I'm only getting 10 to 12 fry a spawn. I need to find out your secrets on getting so many fry in a spawn. :mrgreen:

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Wow, 47 from a 2 incher, that is very impressive!


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KevinB wrote:
My blue obliquidens female just spit 47 little (and I do mean little) fry 10 minutes ago. Quite the feat for a fish less than 2 inches long.

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HI SANTA, j/k, congrats keep us posted please


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Since I had so many excess males, I've been throwing them into a catch-all 180 gallon tank. The one blue obliquiden male "owns" about a third of this tank. That is no small feat with Tropheops Chilumba and Pseudotropheus perspicax in there as well. But this guy always shows better color than the larger dominant male blue obliquidens that is in a different tank with a female. The "pair" of blue obliquidens continues to breed.

Updated pics of the blue obliquidens in the 180 gallon tank without any female Hap B.O.
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I now have a very nice large colony growing out as my next generation breeders.

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