Lionhead Goldfish © Jan Shim Photography [more pics …]
I never thought I would one day develop a fascination for fish. Not just any fish or any gold fish for that matter but a variety that were originally bred in China called Lionheads. My daughter, Jewel, has long been fascinated with fish and previous attempts in keeping a tank full of fish alive just failed miserably. Seeing how she likes to habitually stop by the fish shop whenever we’re out and about in town, my wife picked up a proper rectangular tank with an appropriate filter and pump to go with it.
All images © Jan Shim Photography
A week later, unknowingly, I found myself at out local fish shop and brought home one lone Lionhead thinking the tank could do with one more resident. Then came a second and yesterday, a third. In researching the origin of the Lionhead on the net, I came across several sites noting the health benefits and difference fish makes. Researchers have apparently found watching fish in an aquarium helps reduce high blood pressure, calm children who suffer from hyperactive disorder. They also found Alzheimer patients watching an aquarium to eat more, required supplements and also exhibited less physically aggressive behaviors.
Whether evidence of researcher’s findings is scientific or anecdotal, I must admit I enjoy looking at them swim. They have to be the quietest living creatures that don’t bitch about being walled in and a social need to meet different breeds! Not forgetting to mention they are also cute and do not hesitate to let you know they are hungry. Last night I decided to capture that precise moment blowing water just seconds before they surface. Take note that these pics were shot with a Canon EF100mm f2.8 Macro lens in manual mode. The fish move too fast for a macro AF to lock focus and flash used is none other than the Canon Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX.
Here’s a link to additional photos of the Lionhead in the tank. Interesting how the second photo above looks as through it’s got lipstick.