Welcome to the Photo Gallery Spotlight. Each month we’ll showcase a particularly nice aquarium photograph, taking the time to discuss the identification and husbandry of the animal pictured as well as information relating to the technical details of how the photo was taken. Readers are encouraged to send images (and details on the organisms pictured, as well as the details of how they captured the shot) they would like to submit for possible inclusion in this feature to firstname.lastname@example.org . For submissions that are published in Advanced Aquarist, the author will receive a $25.00 gift certificate from one of our participating advertisers.
This image is typical flora and fauna found around the waters of Catalina Island California. IMO, this would make a lovely display. Of course a chiller would be needed as well as strong lighting for the kelp. Harvesting of the kelp may help to keep the nitrates low in the system and serve as a kind of algae filter.
Flora and Fauna Seen in Image
The Garibaldi damsel fish ( Hypsypops rubicundus ) is California’s state fish. The giant kelp ( Macrocystis sp) grows as tall as 300-feet, and can grow 2-feet daily. Note the beautiful sea-fan.
The photograph was taken using a Nikonos 5 camera with a 15 mm lens. I used 100 ASA Fujichrome Sensia film 105. The strobe was set on full power and the F stop was F11.The water was very clear with plus 60-foot visibility. The water temp was 60F. I love diving in Catalina with the beauty of the kelp forest rivaling any coral reef I have been on.