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Tau's first spawns (Cyphotilapia gibberosa Mikula)

5 years 11 months ago #34218 by Razzo
Hey Midknight, I usually shoot in manual (where I set the ISO, f-stop, & shutter speed) too in the fish room - most other times in aperture priority. This lens has very poor manual focus capabilities - really need AF mode on this particular lens.

It would be very cool if CFIA had Chelsy Dagger loaded on their sound system :woohoo:

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5 years 11 months ago #34215 by Midknight
-- Thanks for the awesome pics, Razzo. I've never bred any fronts, but they are one of my favorites. Along with most every other Tanganyikan species anyway! I hear what you're saying about the auto-focus on your camera. I usually shoot manually, but it makes it tough to get that crisp focus.
-- Good luck getting that towel signed. Da na na, da na na, da na na na na na na! :silly:

Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things. Philippians 4:8

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5 years 11 months ago #34213 by Razzo
Here's a couple pics of each group. With my lens not working it is a little more difficult than normal (the good news, my bday is in Sept and rumor has it that I might be getting a new wide angle lens - a nice one :)

Here's the larger brood (not easy to count - my best guess is 40 or 41).
Cute little buggers - can already see a couple alpha males :whistle:



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5 years 11 months ago #34212 by Razzo
I have been wanting to photograph Tau but with my lens acting up, I may have trouble getting some good images that are sharp in the near future. Went back in my recent images (the past couple months) and found this one of Tau. I think, I passed on the image before because I chopped his trailers off on the right side. I would love to catch him with his fins erect but he has not been flexing lately as his role as Alpha is unquestioned at this time. Pre-feeding time may be my best chance once I get my lens working again.


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5 years 11 months ago #34211 by Razzo
Hey guys, first off, let me say, I am going to see the Blackhawks scrimmage this weekend at the Notre Dame Compton Family Ice Arena. I am hoping to get some players to sign my rally towel from Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals against Boston. I am pretty pumped!

OK, back to cichlids: Tau had battled Nyatzi, back in April, and he dethroned Nyatzi as Alpha of my frontosa tank. Nyatzi had produced a lot of fry during his reign; so, I was hopeful that the Tau continue that productive tradition. Tau had recently spawned with two of the females and both girls held great (9 & 12 days respectively). I am very excited to report, a couple days ago, I stripped 40 wigglers from the larger female and 10 wigglers from the small young female (it was her first time so please that she held for 12 days).

Here is Tau, my wild caught Cyphotilapia gibberosa Mikula Alpha male


Here's the bigger girl that gave me 40 F1 wigglers today.


Here's the little girl that gave me 10 F1 Mikula wigglers today. From this angle, it is hard to tell that she is even carrying.


My auto focus is broke on my lens - I'll try to load some wiggler images in the tumbler as I fix my lens.

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Russ

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