My Loricariidae pictures

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Hi all,

I have quite a few pictures of Loricariidae that I would simply like to share with the PC community. These pictures have all been posted at my Facebook page (Haakon Haagensen Photo) before, but obviously not everyone is on Facebook. So, I thought I'd share some here as well :-) If the admins want to add any of these to the Cat-eLog, that's cool. Right, here goes, part 1:
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Hypancistrus lunaorum
Hypancistrus lunaorum
Hemiodontichthys acipenserinus
Hemiodontichthys acipenserinus
Hemiloricaria sp. "Puerto Ayacucho"
Hemiloricaria sp. "Puerto Ayacucho"
Farlowela hahni
Farlowela hahni
Ancistomus furcata
Ancistomus furcata
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Part 2:
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Leliella sp. "red"
Leliella sp. "red"
Hopliancistrus sp. LDA15
Hopliancistrus sp. LDA15
Lamontichthys llanero
Lamontichthys llanero
Hypostomus margaritifer
Hypostomus margaritifer
Hypancistrus contradens
Hypancistrus contradens
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Nice photos. do you use a special photo tank to get the fish in to position or were they taken in their normal tanks?
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Please stop posting such great pictures of pretty fish, you are making me drool into my keyboard.......
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Very nice photos :-)
Thanks (as always) for sharing!

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Narwhal72 wrote: Fri Jun 01, 2018 1:57 pm Nice photos. do you use a special photo tank to get the fish in to position or were they taken in their normal tanks?
Yes, tell us more about your photography. Special camera?
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Hey guys,

Thanks for your feedback :d I was looking through my archives for a pic of my photo-tank set-up, but couldn't find it. I will make a new one tomorrow. Anyway, I'm by no means a pro at this, I just learned a few tricks along the way. Certainly, a good camera is helpful, but not absolutely necessary. A smartphone will actually take you a long way! However, a macro-lens is nice to have, to display details better. Currently I'm using an Olympus Pen e-pl7 camera with a M.Zuiko Digital ED 30mm F3.5 Macro lens. I will show how I do the tank set-up tomorrow, when I have new pictures of it :-BD
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Panaqolus albomaculatus
Panaqolus albomaculatus
Panaqolus dentex
Panaqolus dentex
Loricariichthys maculatus
Loricariichthys maculatus
Loricaria sp. "Colombia"
Loricaria sp. "Colombia"
Leporacanthicus heterodon
Leporacanthicus heterodon
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Right, so let me share a few tricks with you on how to set up a photo-tank. I learned this from some other fishkeepers, and have tweaked it to suit my own preferences :-)

I use a rather small aquarium, 30-40 x 20-25 x 20-25 cm (12-16 x 8-10 x 8-10 ''). This makes it possible to furnish it nicely, but still keep the fish visible up front. I use a glass divider in the middle of the tank, in this case I simply used the cover glass that came with it. I removed the glass holders that the cover glass was resting on, to make access in the tank easier. Then I glued the cover glass to the sides of the tank with aquarium silicone. This divider is important, because it means I can furnish the tank on both sides of the divider, but the fish will still be up front (in focus), although in the pics it looks like it has a lot of available space further back in the tank. I clean the glass thoroughly, outside and inside, and check for scratches and marks every now and then.

In the back chamber I place a small filter, in such a way that it can't be seen in the pictures. This filter is important, because it keeps the water in the photo-tank crystal clear. I fill it with regular filter wool. I will sometimes move the filter to the front chamber and let it run there for a bit, if the fish stirs up some debris and so on. Debris is not welcome, because it really affects how the pictures look. With a macro lens, these particles will be very visible, and that's not very nice. Also, the added circulation in the front chamber will sometimes have a positive affect on the pose of the fish! I use tap water or water from an aquarium with very clear water.

I furnish the tank carefully. I need to think about how to avoid creating spaces inbetween rocks where the fish can "park" or hide. This has been the most challenging part of finding a way to create a good set up for pictures. I experiment a lot with different types of rock, wood, vegetation and gravel. Fine sand is not very useful, as the fish will stir it up and it will mean more debris in the tank. Recently I have avoided the use of sand entirely. As for the back chamber, I just try to make it look like a nice background, without making it very visible that there's a glass divider in there.

I use a natural looking background wall outside the photo-tank too, again to make the end result look more natural.

Lightning is very important. I don't use a flash, because I don't want the reflection of it. So, I need to have the right kind of lightning above the tank. I use various LED-bulbs and lamps, and I experiment. Sometimes I use more, sometimes I use less.

People ask me how I make the fish pose so nicely, and that's not always easy! Catfish are good models, they usually stand still for that very short moment needed to make a picture. But, I still need to be quick, and sometimes it's just hopeless. Some individuals will not stop cruising around in the tank, and that makes photographing them very hard. However, they usually pause at some point. Some fish are pretty calm, and can even be led to pose in certain angles with some trickery! I use a pipette or plastic strip to very gently poke them or shove them into place. This even aggritates some fish, making them flare and show their best colours! However it's not always that easy, trust me. Some just need to be left alone in the tank for some time first (15 min - 1 hour), before they settle down enough. Some fish will never give in, and make me give up. Also, a steady hand is good to have - or you might want to consider a tripod for the camera. I like to be able to move freely, but if I had too much coffee or lose concentration, the result will not be good. I always try to aim for the eye when choosing focus point with the camera.

A couple of shots of my recent set-up:
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thanks guy
it was very usefull. i should test this method
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I feel everything you say here....yesterday I had a day of photography in my tanks...I just was not feeling it, if you are not into what you are doing the photos will be just so so.

As far a the flash I use a wireless remote flash, makes the job much easier, this was a hint to me from Amiidae, a great fish photographer.

I do not use a photo tank usually, I watch the fish beforehand and set up where I think I can get the best shot.

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Part 4:
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Pseudohemiodon sp. "Chameleon"
Pseudohemiodon sp. "Chameleon"
Pseudohemiodon apithanos
Pseudohemiodon apithanos
Pseudohemiodon apithanos
Pseudohemiodon apithanos
Planiloricaria cryptodon
Planiloricaria cryptodon
Planiloricaria cryptodon
Planiloricaria cryptodon
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Can you tell us more about your artificial background outside of the tank? Did you make it?
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I forgot to mention that I work at an LFS, which is how I have access to all the materials and fish involved 😁 The background is simply a commercially produced type, chosen because it looks fairly natural.

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Part 5:
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Sturisoma nigrirostrum
Sturisoma nigrirostrum
Sturisoma aureum
Sturisoma aureum
Spectracanthicus murinus
Spectracanthicus murinus
Pterosturisoma microps
Pterosturisoma microps
Pseudacanthicus sp. LDA105
Pseudacanthicus sp. LDA105
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Love this thread, it was a great idea by Haakon to start it. If anyone (Eric?) fancies adding the pictures to the cat-elog it would help me out and many if not all of them should be in there as great examples.

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Hi Jools,

Yes I can. Will try to get it done this weekend.

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Part 6:
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Pseudorinelepis sp. "Manaus"
Pseudorinelepis sp. "Manaus"
Apistoloricaria ommation
Apistoloricaria ommation
Ancistrus temminckii
Ancistrus temminckii
Ancistrus macrophthalmus
Ancistrus macrophthalmus
Hopliancistrus sp. LDA015
Hopliancistrus sp. LDA015
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Part 7:
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Panaque armbrusteri L27 "Jamanxim"
Panaque armbrusteri L27 "Jamanxim"
Pseudacanthicus pirarara L25
Pseudacanthicus pirarara L25
Hypancistrus sp. L4
Hypancistrus sp. L4
Peckoltia oligospila L6
Peckoltia oligospila L6
Hopliancistrus sp. L17
Hopliancistrus sp. L17
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Part 8:
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Hypancistrus sp. L70
Hypancistrus sp. L70
Hypancistrus zebra L46
Hypancistrus zebra L46
Ancistrus sp. L32
Ancistrus sp. L32
Ancistrus ranunculus L34
Ancistrus ranunculus L34
Oligancistrus zuanoni L20
Oligancistrus zuanoni L20
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