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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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islandgirlmv Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful colors, I'm using this scheme on a mermaid I'm painting
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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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bruuno117 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011
Awesome little fella, I wish I had something like that in my fishtank.
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DarkAfi4 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cute ^^ :love:
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SteelJaw Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Scuba-Man Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011
that is one BEAUTIFUL fish!
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SteelJaw Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Isn't he just awesome? These little guys are true swimming jewels!
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qwertyqwerty1230 Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
i love these fish!!! i did an oil pastel painting of one last year (: great photo too (:
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Tainted-Phoenix Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011
It's soo cute! looks kinda like a frog mixed with a fish
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ShadowSkulkerer Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010
Oops. Here's a easier to read version of the one below.

Saltwater tanks are definitely harder to deal with.

There's algae cleaning, (I have mine outside so that makes it harder in the first place. Though I used to have it inside and it was still harder) skimmer cleaning, (saltwater foams unlike fresh and skimmers suck up water and air whip it into that foam and it rises and splatters into a collection cup. Bad smelling stuff you don't want in your tank.) and larger more powerful usually filter cleaning with more layers of natural bacteria growing space.

Then there's the cost of the equipment and the reason to keep it outside is the UV and light intensity the fish and invertebrates require or not quite require but are much better off with. Otherwise you have to get a expensive light with at least 200watts of power, (since this measures intensity as well) half 20,000k blue atinic fluorescent light half daylight fluorescent light AAANND a acrylic or glass cover to keep the saltwater from splattering all over the different parts of you light fixture.

I think that summarizes it. Your cost to run a 55 gallon saltwater aquarium without any fish would be about (you have to have at least 55 gallons to run a stable one) 1,200$. I started off freshwater 5 years ago with a 55 gallon then it was a 55 gallon saltwater then found a 110 gallon (more stable and of course more room to be able to keep a lot of the saltwater fish that get much bigger) and got more parts for it and am finally running a successful large saltwater aquarium with beautiful caves built from large rocks I found at coves and tidal pools. (many of them limestone which I could drill through so I put through PVC piping to hold them together at points otherwise inadvisedly unbalanced) That's quite a bit of stuff but if you have the tank and stand already and run it outside in a location where the tank gets 1 hour of sunlight in winter (all this is assuming your in a tropical enviroment) and 1 and a half in summer you'll cut your costs more than in half.
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SteelJaw Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
And that, good sir, is why I just have my 35 gallon freshwater. I have to keep my tank indoors (in fact, besides ponds, I've never heard of keeping a tank outside!) because I live in an area that gets 6 months or more of cold weather, and it would be hard to meet the proper light requirements. I have my current tank set up with an overpowered filter (it's for 75-110 gallons), and run a diatom filter on it once a month because our water is from a reservoir and carries single-celled floating algae. In reality it takes very little maintenance, which is why I like it, but it keeps me plenty busy! ;>
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ShadowSkulkerer Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010
It's usually best to run a "overpowered" filter. I almost never go by the tank size ratings. The tiny filters they give you for a 5 gallon tank break in a couple months, leave your water mostly murky unless all you have is one small tetra and don't create nearly enough water movement which makes a big difference in the fishes health because of how much junk it can stir up to suck up and the current that the fish is swimming against gives it more exercise. Always read the gph (gallons per hour) rating instead. For that size tank you'll probably want 400gph which is probably what you have if it says it's for 75-110.
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ShadowSkulkerer Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2010
Oooo. Yeah they are kinda reclusive but once they get used to you they'll come out. I have one in my aquarium and got lucky with a clear shot. [link]
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SteelJaw Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Wonderful shot! I'd love to have a marine aquarium, but I don't think I have the time or knowledge to put into it. My small freshwater keeps me plenty busy as it is. Kudos for your patience! :>
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ShadowSkulkerer Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010
Saltwater tanks are definitely harder to deal with. There's algae cleaning, (I have mine outside so that makes it harder in the first place. Though I used to have it inside and it was still harder) skimmer cleaning, (saltwater foams unlike fresh and skimmers suck up water and air whip it into that foam and it rises and splatters into a collection cup. Bad smelling stuff you don't want in your tank.) and larger more powerful usually filter cleaning with more layers of natural bacteria growing space. Then there's the cost of the equipment and the reason to keep it outside is the UV and light intensity the fish and invertebrates require or not quite require but are much better off with. Otherwise you have to get a expensive light with at least 200watts of power, (since this measures intensity as well) half 20,000k blue atinic fluorescent light half daylight fluorescent light AAANND a acrylic or glass cover to keep the saltwater from splattering all over the different parts of you light fixture. I think that summarizes it. Your cost to run a 55 gallon saltwater aquarium without any fish would be about (you have to have at least 55 gallons to run a stable one) 1,200$. I started off freshwater 5 years ago with a 55 gallon then it was a 55 gallon saltwater then found a 110 gallon (more stable and of course more room to be able to keep a lot of the saltwater fish that get much bigger) and got more parts for it and am finally running a successful large saltwater aquarium with beautiful caves built from large rocks I found at coves and tidal pools. (many of them limestone which I could drill through so I put through PVC piping to hold them together at points otherwise inadvisedly unbalanced) That's quite a bit of stuff but if you have the tank and stand already and run it outside in a location where the tank gets 1 hour of sunlight in winter (all this is assuming your in a tropical enviroment) and 1 and a half in summer you'll cut your costs more than in half.
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PA-DUTCHMAN Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010
love the color contrast. that is an amazing colored fish
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SteelJaw Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :> They are awesome- nature comes up with some of the most amazing things. :>
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RedLugia Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010
Soon I will get one in my fish tank.
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SteelJaw Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
That will be neat! This one was in a professional aquarium. I keep my little freshwater pretty good, but I'm not near up for the challenge of saltwater that these little guys need. You're much more dedicated than I am!
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RedLugia Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010
Thanks. Well the only reason that I have a saltwater tank is because my dad had one when he was little. So then I got one.
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SquirrelFace999 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010
mind if i paint him?
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SteelJaw Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Go for it! I'd love to see the painting when you're done. :D
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SquirrelFace999 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010
ill take a pic when its done
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MiaLeePhotography Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010  Professional Photographer
Hello, I'm The Founder of a group called Animal Paparazzi and we'd love to have this added to the group ^-^

Please share it in our Group
Your also welcome to join or watch!
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PaganFireSnake Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2010  Professional Photographer
I have sent you a request to allow this in my group. You are also more then welcome to join if you like.:)
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KeikoGirl21588 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010
Congratulations! This deviation has been featured in my news article here: [link]
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SteelJaw Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the feature! Incredible collection! :>
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KeikoGirl21588 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010
You're very welcome! :D And thanks!
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dreaming-of-serenity Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
:wave: Hi, your art is being featured here: [link]
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Blackwolfoffireworks Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Such a pretty picture of a pretty fish! I referenced this photo for a character design here [link]
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SteelJaw Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
A Manderin Gobie character? How neat! The pic looks great, BTW. Group shots are always difficult. :>
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Blackwolfoffireworks Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks ^.^ yes they are difficult ^^;
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MetaKnightFreak Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2009
i never seen that type of fish, it looks like a frog half fish o_o
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SteelJaw Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
They are shaped rather oddly, but their coloration makes up for it! ;>
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MetaKnightFreak Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2009
ya i love its color its beautiful
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Tsukiyomi-sakura Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks like he is a happy fellow.

Feeding live copapods or cyplozee?
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SteelJaw Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Actually, I don't know what the little guy was fed. The aquarists were in charge of that, and I was just a meager volunteer. All of our critters looked very happy, though. :>
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wiesz-kochanie Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
It's like cut from a book! :] Nice colors.
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KimberleePhotography Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome shot! I love it!! I love dragonets!!!
Totaly amazing picture!!
You should come check out my gallery some time, No pressure. Thanx.
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SteelJaw Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Many thanks, friend. :>

You have some very nice work in your gallery! The closeup of the peacock feather is especially nice. :>
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KimberleePhotography Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so do you!!!
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