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Old 09-19-2006, 06:52 PM   #101
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Oh, well..........erm.......uh........ I'm sure that this deserves some kind of comment.

Would "Best of Luck" suffice??
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Old 09-20-2006, 01:14 AM   #102
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Okay, here are 3 more Mandarin Goby videos:

goby2 - This one is not as good a quality(due to compression and distant/focus) but it does demonstrate the goby's behavior habit of grazing among the rocks and coral ignoring the other fishes. While most other fishes are swimming in the water space, periodically going to the coral for food or temporary shelter, the goby tended to hang out in the rocks and coral rather than swim in the water space.

goby3 - This one clearly shows the 2 breathing gills on the goby's shoulder even better than the first one and it's habit of grazing on the rocks by scooting up little bit at a time.

goby4 - This one shows another angle of the goby. After it dives to the bottom and forages among the gravel, when it comes up, watch it spit out gravel from it's mouth and return to coral grazing.

In all three videos above and others, the goby consistently keeps it's dorsal fin down. It does not seem to have its dorsal fin up on a regular basis.


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Old 09-20-2006, 02:09 AM   #103
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Thanks, Minnie. Great vids. Amazing how he struts his stuff like that in #1. Very cool.

Y'know, the single most anticipated feature in 3.0 will be individual behaviour. Hi-res models/textures mean little compared to if the fish start exploring their little reef and so. IMHO, of course!

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Old 09-20-2006, 06:44 AM   #104
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What's interesting to me about the videos, especially #2, is that there is clearly some water flow through the tank, and the fish and scenery are reacting to it. Definitely livens things up! Jim??!??

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Old 09-20-2006, 07:08 AM   #105
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I'm not "Jim??!??", but Jim has wanted to have moving corals since 2000.
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Old 09-20-2006, 10:49 AM   #106
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Yes, that's pretty much the whole point of 3.0.

Minnie - did you take those videos? If so, where?
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Old 09-20-2006, 11:08 AM   #107
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Great videos, Minn. - I've only just got around to viewing them!
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Old 09-20-2006, 12:03 PM   #108
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How are you liking that faster speed now Cliff? Makes life much easier for things like this.
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Old 09-20-2006, 01:51 PM   #109
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It's great! - I tend to forget that it's now no problem to look at videos.
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Old 09-20-2006, 02:37 PM   #110
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Cliff,
See, the force has absorbed you already. Or maybe you have been assimilated, take your pick.

On another note, Nick here is a photo of the walking shark you were talking about the other day. I have yet to find anything of the other species found.

Any opinions Jim? A small one might look nice, but I have no idea of the movement, that part might be a bit of problem. I haven't found any videos of that yet.
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Old 09-20-2006, 02:42 PM   #111
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Rather than the corals, what impressed me was the way the fish used the currents as part of their movement, doing things that only work if the water pushes them the correct way in addition to their movement. I see this all the time in the wild, but only just thought how much realism it would add to a virtual aquarium... you can't see the current, but can infer it from the fish...
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Old 09-20-2006, 05:39 PM   #112
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OK Jim I just found a video, its not a very good one, but at least you can see the movement. And he is definately walking.

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Originally posted by Jim Sachs:
Yes, that's pretty much the whole point of 3.0.

Minnie - did you take those videos? If so, where?  
Yep, just me and my trusty ol' Canon. Took the videos at the Aquarium of the Bay over at Pier 39 in San Francisco. They just have the one Mandarin Goby in one tank with all the other fishes. I had to compress the videos to fit the forum so the quality may be a bit motley but still viewable.

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Rather than the corals, what impressed me was the way the fish used the currents as part of their movement, doing things that only work if the water pushes them the correct way in addition to their movement. I see this all the time in the wild, but only just thought how much realism it would add to a virtual aquarium... you can't see the current, but can infer it from the fish...
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Actually, I infer the current from the movement of the coral and the movement of the floating particles in the water and lastly see what the fishies are doing.


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Old 09-20-2006, 10:34 PM   #114
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I was just at the Pier 39 Aquarium a few days ago, and didn't notice the Goby. In fact, I didn't see anything I could use. I'm going to the San Diego area tomorrow to check out the Scripps again, as well as any aquarium stores I can find along the way. Maybe I'll go to Atlanta on Sunday - I've been hearing good things about their new Aquarium.
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Old 09-20-2006, 11:26 PM   #115
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The goby is only 4 inches or so long. It is there in the same one tank with the one yellow tang in the whole aquarium. You have to look for it. These videos were taken just last Saturday, Sept 16, 2006. Sure wish I could visit all those different aquariums too. Have a good trip(s) and hope you find what you are looking for.


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Old 09-21-2006, 01:38 AM   #116
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Minnie,
Then couldn't you lose the sound in your videos and save some space better used for video quality?

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Old 09-21-2006, 02:33 AM   #117
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For web videos, I think the quality is excellent. I wish I had material like this for all the critters I'm planning. It's as useful as seeing them live.
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Old 09-21-2006, 02:36 AM   #118
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The Georgia Aquarium is usually packed from what I hear Jim, get your tickets from the web site to save time.
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Old 09-21-2006, 02:43 AM   #119
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I'll be in Atlanta the end of November, I'm really hoping I can get a day off while I'm down there to check out the aquarium. I also hope that Jennifer won't kill me if I manage to go without her...

You still haven't been there Jav??? What kind of fish fan are you?
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Old 09-21-2006, 05:19 AM   #120
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A busy one.

You would have seen the videos and photos by now if I had. But I am planning on soon. I hope that cooler weather will slow down the amount of people there and I can get some better shots. I hear stories of standing in line outside for several hours to get in. So far somehow I seem to be using more hours in the week than there are. I have yet to figure out how.
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