Taking fish Pictures II

After seeing the miserable results of trying to take pictures of Amica splendens, I could see that I really need a separate photo tank to take decent pictures of fish…. so I built one. I wanted it deep enough that I could put plants into the tank if I wanted to but small enough to keep the fish within my focus. I plan to make a partition to keep the fish in the front.

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Tank made of 1/4″ glass from a broken tank cover.

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2nd try at building Photo tank. This even holds water!
2nd try at building Photo tank. This even holds water!

The lighting wasn’t enough to take pictures of fish if they are moving which usually is the case. I had to increase the light so I built a bracket to place some lights above the tank but out of the way of the picture. Here it is.

Light bracket around photo tank.
Light bracket around photo tank.

The bracket is holding an LED floodlight of around 850 lumens. I can adjust the angle of the light angle to the tank from about 80 degrees to directly overhead. (0 degrees).

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Taking fish Pictures II”

  1. The tank failed! It works OK until you put water in it.

    I took a shortcut in the directions on building a tank and didn’t clean the glass with acetate. It was a rainy day and I didn’t want to use the acetate in the house. Disassembling the tank is a lot of work so if you want to make tanks, FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS.

    1. I made another tank with fresh glass. I like it better anyway since the bottom has an edge you can grasp to move it. Otherwise it is about the same size and it holds water this time. Definitely an improvement there.

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