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 Post subject: Re: Altolamprologus compressiceps (Muzi gold head)
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What species will you have for sale other than the gold heads?

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Hey Marc, I'll shoot you a PM.

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Just an update on these fry, I was surprised to find the largest ones reaching 1.5" :shock:
I have them in a 30 gallon fry tank with some calvus fry

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Couple pics of one of the wild adult males - he's my favorite
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This image is a little soft - shutter speed is always a battle with low light and the trade off with ISO.
I wish this image was sharper as I liked the pose.
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That is one of the nices fish i have ever seen


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Your other fish are very nice too. but that one wow


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What species will you have for sale other than the gold heads?

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Hey Marc,

Current availability - all F1:

  • Altolamprologus compressiceps (Muzi Gold Head)
  • Altolamprologus calvus (Black Congo White Pearl)
  • Enantioups kilesa
  • Callochromis pleurospilus (Raspberry Ikola)

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Russ how close are the BCWP to being ready to ship I know you have me down for some of them?


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Russ how close are the BCWP to being ready to ship I know you have me down for some of them?


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JRD, ooops :oops: They are ready to ship and I am almost sold out (I had a hard time keeping track - I need to develop a system to keep better track of requests). Sorry I didn't contact you. I am getting low. Shoot me a PM quickly with how many you want.

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Did you get your order in JRD.?

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Put some new lights on the F0 Muzi tank in hopes of getting faster shutter speeds. Took a few pics of my favorite Muzi (my beta male). He is so dark (which I love) and I have to take my light meter reading off his dark side but when I do, the white substrate gets over exposed. I'll have to work on that.

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These pics: ISO 800 (which is an improvement), Shutter 1/50, & aperture 5.6
In the right spots, with an ISO of 1600 I was able to get a shutter speed of 1/250 which should be good to capture motion. Sensing I had the room, I bumped the ISO down to 800 and shutter speeds between 1/125 and 1/50. Previously, before the new lights, I had to have my ISO at 3200 (which yielded very grainy images) to get the same shutter speeds. With tank lighting, I need the lens opening as large as possible to keep the ISO down to an acceptable level and still give me a shutter speed that can capture motion (vs. blurring it).

The ideal for me, in this setting, to capture a creatively correct exposure would be an ISO 100, a who cares aperture of f/8 to f/11 and shutter speeds near 1/250. Without a flash, those conditions are outside conditions with natural sunlight. Inside my dark basement with no flash: ISO 800, Shutter 1/50, & aperture 5.6 is where I am at :)

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I just love the gold blaze in his fins
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An aperture of f/5.6 (the largest lens opening letting in the most amount of light) also causes a reduced Depth of Field which is seen as the blurring of the background. An aperture of f/22 would be a much smaller lens opening and would increase the depth of field and the female in the background would be in focus too.
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Hope you like :D
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Looks great, nice shots, more light is always good for the photos. My gold heads all look like your lighter ones in the back ground.

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I have waited a long time to capture this image.

Wild Muzi gold head comps do not come in from the lake very often. A friend imported a group of them and I have long since known that Muzi are his favorite altolamp species. I had placed an order for my wild calvus (bcwp) and he began to talk me into getting some Muzi too. He sent me a couple pictures which he would confess were not very good. My reason for saying that is to point out that the photos he sent were not going to sell me the fish. I took my friend at his word and ordered some. After a few years of them maturing, this is what I ended up with. This particular male Muzi is my favorite altolamp period. I am so glad I took my friend's advice.

Altolamprologus compressiceps Muzi gold head (wild male)
f/5.0, ISO 800, Shutter 1/60, & Exposure Compensation -1/3
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If there is a smiley for "contented" I would insert it now :)

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Beautiful fish and fabulous pictures. All the work you've put into them was well well worth it. The growth rates are so slow on the fry and many people get bored and think they are going nowhere and then oneday wow they are there. Super achievment.


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dscorcoran@msn.com wrote:
Beautiful fish and fabulous pictures. All the work you've put into them was well well worth it. The growth rates are so slow on the fry and many people get bored and think they are going nowhere and then one day wow they are there. Super achievement.


Thanks for the kind words.

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