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Natural Color - Mandarin Fish by SteelJaw Natural Color - Mandarin Fish by SteelJaw
Yet more photography. Yes, I still draw, I swear. :>

This photo was a VERY happy fluke. This little guy is a Mandarin Fish, a very reclusive but gorgeous fish that lives in tropical coral reefs. We have three at the aquarium where I volunteer, and they're rare to see- rarer to photograph. This specimin is in a smaller (it's 100 gallons, I think) cylindrical tank filled with live coral, urchins, anemones, and other fish. The mandarin is only about 2 inches long.

Taken with my Digital Rebel, 1/60 on a 5.6 using the built-in flash.
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katiriot Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014
we have an all reef tank, meaning absolutely everything in the tank is alive. it's makes for far healthier and happier fish, meaning fish that live longer, produce more color and less chance of disease spreading. the mandarin fish actually does come out a lot. they're definitely not meant for beginner level fish owners but as for being rare to see or take pictures of, not at all. when we had ours, and i can't wait to get another because of how gorgeous they are, we saw them all the time. mind you they don't swim all over the tank like a normal fish. they stick to the coral and flooring and basically crawl around the tank in a sense. it's different, very interesting, beautiful and a great addition to an all reef tank
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Capripopcorn1224 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
These are my favorite fish!
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SteelJaw Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
They're one of mine too- I just can't get over how many colors are on one little creature. :>
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Capripopcorn1224 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Yes.They are beautiful little fishes. =)
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ArtbyMom Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a great photo of my favorite salt walter fish! :squee:
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SteelJaw Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Many thanks! :D
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SCANDINAVIEN Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
do you hav mor photoraph of this fis
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SteelJaw Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I only have one other in my gallery, though I took lots of shots of him. Most didn't come out so well. :>
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GladeStar Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Student Artist
Wow thats just Amazing did you take that photo!!!!
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SteelJaw Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Many thanks!
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