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Sherman
04-08-2007, 12:48 AM
I'm trying to help my favorite LFS enter the 90's, with Internet and everything, so I've been shooting photography there. As any photographer in this hobby knows, I'm really the one benefitting, because it doesn't take long before you run out of things to shoot in your own tank. :)

I really appreciate this LFS, Ultimate Aquarium in Visalia, CA. The owner, Marc, personally hand picks all livestock from the wholesalers every couple of weeks. He has YEARS of experience, and a great eye and the patience to wait for healthy and beautiful livestock.

He's an LPS guy, as you'll be able to tell, in time. Here's his display tank. It looks this clean all the time. The day I took this shot, he didn't know I was stopping in, so this is truly candid.
http://www.cvreefers.org/gallery2/d/25888-1/ua_showtank.jpg

Some typical coral selection:
http://www.cvreefers.org/gallery2/d/35159-1/ua_elegance.jpg

http://www.cvreefers.org/gallery2/d/30674-1/ua_purple+zoas.jpg

http://www.cvreefers.org/gallery2/d/31050-1/ua_condy.jpg

http://www.cvreefers.org/gallery2/d/30656-1/ua_dendrophyllia.jpg

http://www.cvreefers.org/gallery2/d/30659-1/ua_pink+hammer.jpg

http://www.cvreefers.org/gallery2/d/30668-1/ua_yellow+leather.jpg

http://www.cvreefers.org/gallery2/d/30191-1/ua20061207_turbinaria.jpg

http://www.cvreefers.org/gallery2/d/30176-1/ua20061207_crocea1.jpg

Sherman
04-08-2007, 12:52 AM
How 'bout some beautiful fish!!

http://www.cvreefers.org/gallery2/d/35138-1/ua_moorishidol.jpg

http://www.cvreefers.org/gallery2/d/35141-1/ua_moorishidol2.jpg

http://www.cvreefers.org/gallery2/d/31071-1/ua_naso.jpg

http://www.cvreefers.org/gallery2/d/35144-1/ua_copperband.jpg

http://www.cvreefers.org/gallery2/d/30203-1/ua20061207_anthias.jpg

http://www.cvreefers.org/gallery2/d/25901-1/ua_anthias.jpg

http://www.cvreefers.org/gallery2/d/25913-1/ua_sailfin.jpg

http://www.cvreefers.org/gallery2/d/31074-1/ua_powderbrowntang.jpg

Reefdaddy1
04-08-2007, 01:01 AM
Wow, I wish we had some LFS with stuff like that. From all I have seen they dont even rate with a LFS like that. Nice pics Sherm, Very Nice indeed.

Snowboarda42
04-08-2007, 01:09 AM
i REALLY like that second to last picture of that tang

spongebob lover
04-08-2007, 02:03 AM
wwouu dood those pictures are awesome !!! :)

Cajun Reefer
04-08-2007, 11:04 PM
WOW! :eek: Those were some great pictures! :)

matts125
04-08-2007, 11:13 PM
Great Pictures! I love to see a healthy LFS...

Matt

lizardarm
04-09-2007, 12:44 AM
if the rest of that store is as clean and healthy looking as the tanks that you photographed, then they're to be commended.
thanks for sharing with us.

Sherman
04-09-2007, 01:14 AM
Here's a panoramic I took of the store that same day he didn't know I was coming. So yes, it always looks like this. As I mentioned, I really appreciate this store. I'll keep things updated as I make more photo shoots down there:

http://www.cvreefers.org/gallery2/d/25892-1/ua_fullstore.jpg

edwing206
04-09-2007, 01:48 AM
Those are some sweet pics.
And that fish store is very nice!!!!

Krish
04-09-2007, 09:30 AM
Great pics Jason!!! Show off!!!!!!!!!!!!:p

Blazer88
04-09-2007, 10:16 AM
Those are some nice looking pics you took. The exposure looks spot on and the pictures are sharp. I personally like the Sailfin Tang and Moorish Idol shots, great job on those. I still haven't ventured into an LFS to take some shots, though I will probably get bored enough one day to do it :)

Damsel13
04-09-2007, 12:04 PM
Beautiful! Everything! the livestock, the photography And THE STORE! Thank you for sharing.



Debbie
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CarlaW
04-10-2007, 09:31 AM
Great stuff Sherman!!!!!

Why don't you hop on a plane and come and take some shots of my tank, I'll buy dinner:D :D :D

shallowreef
04-10-2007, 01:41 PM
what type of camera did you use to take those pictures?

Sherman
04-10-2007, 08:17 PM
Canon 20D. The lenses could have been any combination of:

Canon 28-135 IS USM
Canon 17-40 L
Canon 24-105 L
Canon 60 macro EF-S
Canon 100 macro

Charlie, my in-laws live in Whitefish, and have been begging us to visit their new place. I don't know the geography, is that close?

CarlaW
04-10-2007, 08:22 PM
Let me see, I could walk to the outer edge of Whitefish in about 2-3 hours, driving time, 15-20 minutes. Let me know if you head this way, I'll keep a cold one around.:D :D :D

vwmoneypit
04-15-2007, 12:45 AM
wow looking at these pics it doesnt even seem real after looking at how clean it is mine looks like the sewer l.o.l.

lavenderfish
04-15-2007, 01:12 AM
WOW nice shots.

Sherman
08-12-2007, 03:21 AM
I went back for another round, so I thought I'd share. I was really fascinated by some of the larger predators, especially some HUGE puffers (some approaching 12").

Porcupine Puffers from small:
http://www.cvreefers.org/gallery2/d/36213-1/little+porcupine.jpg

To large:
http://www.cvreefers.org/gallery2/d/36211-1/porc+puffer.jpg

Valentini Puffer:
http://www.cvreefers.org/gallery2/d/36217-1/valentini.jpg

And Dogface:
http://www.cvreefers.org/gallery2/d/36191-1/dogface.jpg

Perhaps an angelic Volitan Lionfish?
http://www.cvreefers.org/gallery2/d/36215-1/lionfish.jpg

And if you're more into a full reef, how 'bout a Longnose Hawk:
http://www.cvreefers.org/gallery2/d/36194-1/longnose+hawk.jpg

Hosting paired Maroons:
http://www.cvreefers.org/gallery2/d/36200-1/maroons+hosting.jpg

Tangs!:
http://www.cvreefers.org/gallery2/d/36219-1/clown+tang+and+sailfin.jpg

Wrasses!:
http://www.cvreefers.org/gallery2/d/36221-1/wrasse.jpg

Rabbitfish!:
http://www.cvreefers.org/gallery2/d/36197-1/bluegold+rabbitfish.jpg

Electric Flame Scallops:
http://www.cvreefers.org/gallery2/d/36206-1/flame+scallops.jpg

Fire Shrimp:
http://www.cvreefers.org/gallery2/d/36203-1/fire+shrimp.jpg

Coral photos to follow.

Sherman
08-12-2007, 03:21 AM
Tridacna Crocea:
http://www.cvreefers.org/gallery2/d/36223-1/crocea.jpg

A tribute to "The Flying Nun"
http://www.cvreefers.org/gallery2/d/36231-1/mantle+extension.jpg


http://www.cvreefers.org/gallery2/d/36233-1/maze.jpg

http://www.cvreefers.org/gallery2/d/36227-1/fungia.jpg

http://www.cvreefers.org/gallery2/d/36235-1/zoas.jpg

http://www.cvreefers.org/gallery2/d/36225-1/lobophyllia.jpg

http://www.cvreefers.org/gallery2/d/36237-1/bubble.jpg

http://www.cvreefers.org/gallery2/d/36229-1/colt.jpg

http://www.cvreefers.org/gallery2/d/36239-1/anemone.jpg

pitmam01
08-12-2007, 08:39 AM
Is this the store in Visalia you were talking about?? I may have to take a drive this week, lol.
:oops:

Krish
08-12-2007, 09:19 AM
Once again great photos Jason aka "sherminator" ! :D

Sherman
08-12-2007, 09:48 AM
Is this the store in Visalia you were talking about?? I may have to take a drive this week, lol.
:oops:
Pitman, that's the one! It's on Mooney, just north of Caldwell, behind Carl's Jr.

And thanks, Krish.

brady816
08-12-2007, 09:53 AM
wow very nice pics...And that store looks very nice

Damsel13
08-12-2007, 10:14 AM
That clam has a serious mantle! (like I know what I am talking about, hehe).

Sherman
08-18-2007, 01:59 PM
I was in the area, so I popped into Ultimate Aquarium again for some more photos. I found a feather duster I definitely want, and it's nice to see what looks to be an Elegance revival, now that they've found a new source.

http://www.cvreefers.org/gallery2/d/36627-1/ua_orangelinkia.jpg

http://www.cvreefers.org/gallery2/d/36629-1/ua_maroonfeatherduster.jpg

http://www.cvreefers.org/gallery2/d/36631-1/ua_hammer.jpg

http://www.cvreefers.org/gallery2/d/36633-1/ua_flamehawk.jpg

http://www.cvreefers.org/gallery2/d/36635-1/ua_elegance_001.jpg

http://www.cvreefers.org/gallery2/d/36637-1/ua_crocea2.jpg

http://www.cvreefers.org/gallery2/d/36639-1/ua_brain.jpg

Scooterman
08-18-2007, 02:12 PM
WOW love that wide angle lens, that is awesome!

Damsel13
08-18-2007, 02:38 PM
More Awsome pictures. THANK YOU