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Conecuh
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Black water

I made a photo tank and wanted to try it out. Here it is with a trophy topminnow.

I opted for a simple V-shaped design.

 

I headed down to some tributaries of the Blackwater River.

Did a little standard size fishing first and got my lifer flier.

 

 

I had ambitious plans of bagging both a flagfin and sailfin shiner. I got this very uncooperative flagfin.

He just wouldn't stay still.

So I released him.

 

I headed off to a different creek. Maybe it would have a sailfin.

 

Got this fellow

But it was a flagfin too. A more cooperative one who would sit still for his photo session.

The business end of the terrifying beast:

 

Nearby I found this little fellow:

A Southern Copperhead. You can see the little "sand angel" his tail is making as he vibrates it in an attempt to convince me he's a rattlesnake. They use their yellow tail as bait to attract frogs, but the yellow disappears as they grow older.

kingfisher
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That is a beautiful fish!

That is a beautiful fish!  The tank you built looks mighty sturdy!  Do you have any tips on construction and materials?  I have had problems keeping the panels straight while the glue dries.

 

 

atenkley
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Nice tank!

So what do you think about the design after its trial run?  Anything you would do differently?

Good looking Flier and Flagfins too!  - Arlan

....visit  .....those other fish

the pyromaniac
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OK, I need to get farther

OK, I need to get farther south so I can get a flagfin, they're so awesome-looking! And it looks like you hit a home run on your tank design, looks like it'll do its job nicely...

Conecuh
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Tank design

Kingfisher, the V-shape was inspired by your design in the article on micro-fishing.com.  I asked my brother if he had any plexiglass around from where he works (he designs and builds machinery). He brought me some pieces of polycarbonate, which is much tougher, but scratches easily.

I glued it together with fast setting epoxy from Wal-mart. I just used my hand to hold it in place for a few minutes while it set. Of course, this epoxy isn't intended for continual contact with water, so that might eventually be a problem.

Atenkley, I havn't noticed any real problems with it. It's lightyears ahead of the plastic bag I had tried before. One thing, it might need a wider base, to keep it from tipping over on an uneven creekbank. And I might have issues with the polycarbonate becoming scratched up in the future, but so far, so good.

Mike B
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Cool snake!

Cool snake!

mike b

Mike B
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Cool snake!

Cool snake!

mike b

CM_Stewart
Conecuh and Kingfisher -

Conecuh and Kingfisher - great photo tanks. Question for each of you:

Conecuh, if you made a second one, would you make it larger or the same size?

Kingfisher, if you made a second one, would you make it smaller or the same size?

TenkaraBum

Conecuh
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I made this one specifically

I made this one specifically for getting good ID photos. I figured a fish too big to fit in the tank could be IDed without it. Although, now that I have it, I'm tempted to put larger fish (like a dollar sunfish) in it and photograph them, just as an interesting photo.

So, I guess the size would be determined by purpose. Small for IDs, large for portraits.

kingfisher
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CM_Stewart:  I am planning to

CM_Stewart:  I am planning to make a smaller photo.  Portability was a big problem with the last size.  

Conecuh:  Good craftsmanship with your tank.  I need to build something that will last longer than the previous tanks.  I think my next tank will be plexi and a similar to yours in size and thickness of the plates.  Even though the plexi scratches it lasts longer.  Maybe using a box to protect the plexi during transport would cut down on scratches.

 

 

Muskymags
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Wow!

I'd totally love to "Steve Erwin" that Copperhead.......