- Feb 3, 2020
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Nikor 105 at f2.8
Nikor 105 at f2.8
Thank you for sharing your story! He’s beautiful & so worth the wait. Purple is my favorite color too.This is Purple Haze, the Purple Tang. He has a heck of a story so sit back and enjoy.
Camera: Canon EOS 5Ds R
Lens: Canon EF 100 Macro IS USM 2.8
Exposure: 1/160 @ 2.8f
Software: Adobe Lightroom
The composition of the photo when photographing fish in an aquarium isn't the easiest thing in the world to do. I think it can be pure luck to get the ideal shot. In the picture below it took close to 22 shots of my tang to get one where his head was in focus. I probably could have improved my chances by increasing the F-stop but I needed all the light I could get to capture at the speed I needed to freeze movement.
The Story of Purple Haze
When I first got into Marine fish it was in 1988. I was on active duty in the Air Force and was keeping marine fish in both a 55 and 90g tanks for a few months. It was during this time that I saw my first Purple Tang. I was mesmerized; the fish was an amazing color of purple with equally stunning yellow accents. These two colors coincidentally are favorites of my wife and myself; at the time this magnificent fish was out of reach for us.
Shortly after our visit to the fish store I was told that I was going to be a father. This amazing piece of news meant that meant the Marine fish hobby had to be delayed at least for now. As a family we would still visit fish stores, aquariums and any place I could go to get a glimpse of the marine fish I loved. When I would see a Purple Tang it would make the outing even more special for me.
Fast forward 28 years, my daughter is in the Navy and I'm retired from the Air Force. We have settled in a more permanent home and my wife and I made the decision to get into reefing. This time though there would be no messing around with tiny tanks and I was going to get the one fish I had watched and wanted for so many years. So I built up my tank a Red Sea 625XXL and started stocking it with fish.
I had a grand plan of adding fish in a particular order so I could top things off with a Purple Tang also I was getting my fish pre-quarantined from @Humblefish. I told him of my interest in getting a Purple Tang and my timeline on when I wanted to add it. During this time he had been treating a Purple Tang that had ammonia poisoning and was blinded. Humblefish had been doing his magic on this fish and and it regained it's eyesight. After talking some more Humblefish and I came to the conclusion that this Purple Tang would find a home with me, quickly altering my time line of when to add a large Purple Tang to my tank. As we know in reefing, timelines and plans sometimes require flexibility and frequently just don't go the way we want.
The wife knew my story and the story of the fish. She came up with the name Purple Haze considering the back ground of the fish.
And here he is:
Great picture yep they work overtimeCaptured on iPhone X
Jimmy the diamond goby is the hardest worker in my tank. Last one to bed and first to wake up he is always hard at work. I captured this photo in the morning when Jimmy was on his usual routine cleaning the sand bed. His head diving in the sand, eye wide open, while the morning light shining on his body really bring out the little golden details that I have not noticed before. Shine bright like a diamond Jimmy.
I agree mine Chomps A Lot is a hard worker and friendlySince the day I brought this one home they have been super awesome. There was no adjustment at all, like they went in the tank and were like, this is home, where’s the food, hey, look at me. Very good personality as she comes right up to the glass and swims around in front of me every time I walk by. The pic was taken with a plain old iPhone XR