I got my new manual Micro-Nikkor 55mm f2.8 lens for my birthday (Thanks Anna!). The "fishy" lens as it had been referred to around here for a while when I started looking for a new macro type lens to do some nice closeups of the shrimp.
I wanted a new lens that let me get physically close up to the tank to take some closeup shots with my DSLR. My previous macro lens required me to be several feet away in order to focus on anything. That's fine for flowers, but I wanted to be sitting close to the shrimp to take their pictures, not across the room. It's nice to be able to use the DSLR, even if the lens I could afford for it means everything is done manually.
These are the result of my first photo session playing with the new lens.
We've been having troubles with the neon tetras in the 65 gallon tank. They are sick. at first it looked like a body fungus as the dorsal fins would get a white fuzz on them then the fish got sick and started behaving erratically, having troubles staying upright, as if they had a swim bladder problem, they would swim off on their own away from the group and hover as if sleeping, but much more twitchy than when they sleep, and soon after the sick fish always died.
We've been separating the sick ones to try to minimize the spread, and treating both the main tank and the quarantine bucket with Tetra/Jungle Lifeguard (it is sold under the Tetra brand in some places and Jungle brand in others) but it is not helping. At the time I'm writing this we've lost 6 of 10 tetras. We bought them in groups of 5 from 2 different shops. As cliche as it might sound I think now that our Neon Tetras are dying of Neon Tetra disease (a parasite) and that is why the medication is not working.…
The Crystal Red Shrimp have a good old-fashioned German tanenbaum christmas tree hung upside down in their tank.
Bill has some nice little snowflake lights around the outside of this tank and some gift boxes that it seems he just can't wait to see opened.
...and we've hung up a stocking for him.
no decorations on the Blue Velvet tank yet, but they are busy. Last count at a feeding time a few days ago there were nearly a dozen berried mommy shrimp in there. They are expecting quite a few new years babies. :)