Hi and welcome to 'Been There Done That'. The main purpose of this site is to show photos that I have taken, mainly of my tropical fish and also of my many visits to Scotland. But there will be other photos that I will show if I think they are interesting enough. I have been into the hobby of collecting tropical fish now for about 6 years. It started with just a few community fish and I have had many kinds of cichlids too from lakes Malawi and Tanganyika in Africa, Central America and South America. Many of these fish will rival the colours of the marine fish that we are all used to and it can be very challenging to keep them. At the time of typing I only have 2 tanks running. This is because of a disaster I had with the water in 3 of my tanks and in those 3 tanks I lost the lot. The pH was put up by the water company to help clean the pipes and that in turn killed many of my fish. The only tank that was untouched was my tank of Tropheus Duboisi and they are still thriving. I thoroughly cleaned out the affected tanks and have put some new fish into one of them, Geophagus Brasiliensis. These are an easy cichlid to keep and I bought 1 male and 2 female which are confirmed breeders. There are 2 tanks ready for them when they do the deed... A fry tank and a grow out tank. I hope they will be used soon. I may even keep to just 2 tanks now and concentrate on breeding both types of fish that I own but will decide on that later. Somehow though I think I may start a third one up again for an assortment of Malawi cichlids. Not for breeding purposes, just for show. If I do get any spawnings in that tank I will still have both the fry and growout tanks to use if needed.
If anyone has any questions on any aspect of my fish keeping, you are welcome to e-mail me. Press here to e-mail me
Photography is another hobby that I have and I like to combine it with my aquatic adventures. I have always been keen on trying to take good photos and from an early age I have had many different cameras. But I suppose with the advance of digital photography and computers I can now explore my hobby much more. In the days when film was used most of the time it would have been so expensive to get the results that I get today. This is not so much due to the quality of the cameras and lenses but more to the fact that you can now take perhaps 100 photos of a single subject and then narrow it down to the best 4 or 5, something that would have cost a fortune before digital cameras. To get a few good photos of my fish I have a few things I like to do first. To start with I like to at least clean the outside of the fish tank, not just with a rag but with proper smear free window cleaner, making sure not to get any of the spray into the tank. I then mount the camera on a tripod, this is not so necessary when using flash as the flash will freeze the subject, but with no flash it is essential. If I get the chance I also clean the glass of the tank on the inside as well to get rid of any algae etc. I have seen some great photos of fish, only for them to be spoilt by dirty glass. Then, when you have picked the photos that you really like you can if necessary put them into a photo editing programme on the computer and do things like crop and adjust the exposure. It is very hard to take out badly smeared glass on a photo and also, auto focus will often pick up the smears and focus on them, giving you an out of focus picture.
I don't consider myself an expert in photography but think I know enough to get reasonable photos. Again, if anyone wants to ask any questions on my photography they can e-mail me on Press here to e-mail me and I am more than willing to try and help.