While I was on vacation in the Maldives I managed to video some Parrot fish communicating with each other.

Take a look at the video and you will see how the male comes up to the female and starts flirting. Prancing around, and then…. The most astonishing of all they change posture and color, almost instantaneously, like a neon sign. These guys were talking to each other. I could not believe it. A Parrot fish talking, fobbing of her date!

That is outrageous! A whole new world opened up for me

your back, you clip one on either side. Now you have two tanks. Not only is it a great solution for staying underwater longer, but also for those few unfortunate gas guzzlers out there. Give him an extra tank.

So how long can you stay underwater with two tanks? That depends on your breathing rate and off course the depth.

Can you handle 3 hours (plus) underwater?

With a Sidemount configuration and two 12 liter tanks with 34% Nitrox, you can watch those fish for up to 200 minutes more on a reef 15 meters deep. Off course you will be low on air (Nitrox) long before that.

With two tanks on a Sidemount, you can have all the bottom time you can handle. Get your camera and start sharing your experiences with your friends. You will never regret it. The underwater world is a fascinating place. It is yours to explore.

wont see much. As soon as the real golden moments start you are low on air and have to return to the surface. Very frustrating.

You need more Air

Well there is an easy solution. Take more air. Yup, take a second tank. Now you have double your old bottom time.

Go Sidemount

The hot topic these days is Sidemount. With a Sidemount configuration you don't put the scuba tank on

and I started to pay attention to underwater wildlife behavior in their natural setting.

You need patience

You soon realize that this takes a lot of patience, because they need time to relax and accept that you are not a predator, or a threat. Once they accept you, then you see the real wonders of this underwater world open up for you.

The first obstacle you encounter is limited bottom time. If you only have enough air for 40 to 45 minutes you

Did you know that if you stay in one location and avoid making rapid movements that the underwater wildlife will accept you as part of the environment and continue as if you were not there?

Some animals are a bit more suspicious and cautious and you may have to stay relatively still for about 20 minutes.

Fish are curious

Some fish will come up to you and check you out. They are very curious. They love to explore and see what’s new in their neighborhood.

Night dives can also be great fun. Your dive light makes it difficult for them to see you and they are eager to explore this great “sun” arriving in the middle of the night. After all they don’t know what a flashlight is.

Slow movements

During the day you have to be a little more careful and only make slow non threatening movements. Soon they will discard the noise that your scuba gear makes and will go about seeking mates, hunting for food, or defend their territories.

Observing wildlife in their own habitat without disturbing or altering their behavior with your presence is fantastic.

Parrot Fish Talking

Talking Fish

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for lovers of the underwater world

Theuns van Niekerk

Rebreather, Tec & Mixed Gas

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