Some of the more colourful fish sunbathing this morning, they are in the minority in the pond but black fish in photographically black water with a black liner take even worse pictures than these. They are creating dirty water by grubbing round the plants and shallows looking for food. cheers Steve
The fish act like the bulbs in a Galileo thermometer getting higher in the water as it’s temperature rises, although they are sitting in the sun bathing in this picture, so there is some radiant effect being gained by them. The air temperature 10C water temperature 8C (in February!) a bit of sun and they believe it’s spring! Cheers Steve
Ahh sad to relate Doug, that despite having taken Freds tutelage to heart and repeating what I thought was exactly the same procedures as before, I am unable to make pictures stick. The method described is simple, so whether it's my equipment, my method of operation or more likely my simple electronic ineptitude, I cannot say, suffice to say I have spent a while, on various occasions trying various methods and failed. One day I will master it.
When Flickr made it more difficult to both host and post my photos, there on their website last year, i chose to find a more user-friendly and free third-party hosting site, finally deciding to go with imgbb.com.
Now my pics can be selected from Google Photos, to be processed and saved in Google Drive.
imgbb.com can then upload my selected pics from the browser - from my previously saved pics in Google Drive.
But once you get it sorted again there Steve, you're going to have to post more pics, more frequently, just to keep your method, fresh in mind.
Looking forward to seeing some pics of your carp burning up the extra calories gained at the expense of the surgeon's high protein food.
How big are the sturgeon now?
Olde CP nuts never die - they just recommit themselves...
The current sturgeon I have only had for two years, so are small, varying between 1-2 feet, but will grow quickly. Before that I had some larger ones I had had for some years, but unfortunately, when I was on holiday one year the filter/circulating pump broke and my designated fish feeder rang me in great distress, the reduction in entrained oxygen had killed the three surgeon I had. I had replacement pumps (and air pumps) on hand and the broken one was changed and all the other fish including orfe that also need higher oxygen levels, lived, but the 1.2m plus sturgeons were dead, showing their reliance on high oxygen levels. it just shows, you can have as many spare and standby parts as necessary, but if you are not there to watch what's going on fairly frequently it counts for naught. They also have problems with filamentous weed such as blanket weed, (which I thankfully dont get very often) they have no reverse gear as their pectoral fins are flat to the bottom, so when putting their head into it, they thrash or drive forward and if pointing into the main body of the weed, get more and more entangled till they are completely entangled. Thanks for the info! I shall endeavor to regale you all with photos soon
The current tally is one diamond Sturgeon, two Siberian (or it may be the other way round) and one sterlet, so as long as I can keep the Herons away till they put on a bit of length, in two/three years they should start to look the part.
Mudfish, a curious creature but they are great survivors, I've never seen one in the flesh but admire their survival instincts, almost eel-like in the way they can live out of water.
Some of the goldfish are beaching themselves on the cabomba growing in the shallows this morning, in a frenzy of breeding lust and eggs are spilling everywhere. A number of fry survive every year (generally a dozen or so) to grow into the next generation, I now have far too many nondescript goldfish, which even the heron seems to ignore. The larger carp dont seem so interested at the moment.
I have had a pair of Mallard ducks visiting for the past month, there are no tadpoles anymore and they are eating the fish food I throw in and creating a bit of a mess breaking lilly pads and routing up weed. On the positive side they have almost rid the small wildlife pool of duckweed, but I know, it, like them will be back