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  1. I too have somewhat recently become interested in what microscopic inhabitants lurk in my aquarium and came about it in a similar fashion by using a "toy" microscope. I just got a real microscope and am eager to share and learn about it as it relates to aquaria. I'll assume this months topic of discussion is infusoria, and I feel like that is good place to start since it's rather broad and most people with an aquarium will have easy access to it. Infusoria as defined by wikipedia - "a collective term for minute aquatic creatures such as ciliates, euglenoids, protozoa, unicellular algae and small invertebrates that exist in freshwater ponds." Being fairly new to all of these different terms for creatures, I'm not sure if I could identify any of them correctly. I hope this thread will be a good place to discuss things we find. I guess I have started my own infusoria cultures by keeping some tank water and algae in a deli cup separate from my aquarium and allowing it to become it's own ecosystem. I take a sample with a pipette and apply three drops to a cavity slide. I won't be using a cover as to allow anything to swim freely, but it will make things harder to follow and observe. I have a trinocular microscope which allows for filming with a dedicated tube, and I am using a cellphone mount. I know that there are optics in the tube and on the cellphone mount that have to do with magnification, but I'm still new to all of this and what exactly it means in relation to the magnification of the final image produced. I will be using the 10x objective. Although I think the filming tube has a 16x magnification, or at the very least I think the optics in it and the cellphone attachment make this more than actual 10x. When filming through the microscope you get a circle of view and I will zoom in with my cell phone to remove the vignette from frame. Now let's spend a minute or so and see what we can find in those three drops. I'm not sure what all we saw. Some little creatures and some algae for sure, but what kind? I have been watching two Youtube channels that deal with microscopy and I'll share them with you if you are interested. Journey to the Microcosmos https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBbnbBWJtwsf0jLGUwX5Q3g Microbe Hunter https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDpKY8-oz5PWlBPNzNsbLug I also started a similar thread on here if you want to take a look at it.
  2. Is that because the only tag it has is "news"? I know that I hardly ever put tags on my topics, but somehow they get tags. I'm guessing it's from moderators along with a picture sometimes. I only see five people listed as moderators and there are over 6,000 topics with over 3,000 members currently. So how do you train members to be more effective when posting topics? It seems to me most new members will go directly to posting their issue without searching for it first because I see multiple instances of the same ailment with the same replies. Is that just human nature to ask before searching or is it the faulty search system? I tried to see if I could add a tag to a topic that I didn't create and couldn't figure out how or if I could. Apparently a members rank will help in deciding if a post should be removed, but not allow them to contribute in other ways. Also stated in that post "please don't "chase" these ranks by spamming comments. We have an active community with meaningful content" which I feel like the leaderboard and having ranks displayed inadvertently encourages members to make posts or leave comments without much consideration to them being "meaningful." I feel like maybe you feel this in some way too with your recent topic : I guess what I'm getting at is that I'm not sure what all actions a moderator has access to, but maybe a rank that would lead to giving otherwise normal members access to light moderator functions that would also be like a sort of tiered system with points that lead to more moderator actions would let those who want to help be more helpful and show that they can be. I don't what the criteria would be to become a light moderator, but surely delegating out some lesser functions to a broader number of devoted members would only serve to improve the whole forum. I mean I might not be able to help with a certain disease issue or have any input on what you should put in your 29g, but I do spend a lot of time looking through posts and if they weren't tagged then at least I could contribute in that way while reading through the forum. Even with the initial tags on posts, the conversation sometimes changes with information that might not have been tagged otherwise. -Edit- Not everything has to be meaningful to be posted. I'm not condemning anyone for posting before searching. I feel like this forum is a community and the small back and forth conversations make it a great place to be. Even if someone else had the same issue as you in a previous post feel free to post it and receive the help and comforting comments from this community.
  3. I've always felt that a colony was higher grade if you have color in the legs and if the males have a solid color. I actually prefer the racing stripe pattern. The more contrast the better in my opinion. I guess there is something to being able to produce a consistent solid color, but the variety and uniqueness that come out of the lesser grades is always interesting.
  4. This is too fun! I just spent my whole lunch hour exploring some moss.
  5. Well I just got my real microscope, so here is a picture of a stentor and Vorticella on some java moss. There will be a video soon. I'll probably be blowing one of these threads over the weekend.
  6. It looks an awful lot like a mts, or at least what I purchased as mts. Although mine have spiky parts where the shell opens. I seem to have two different colors of them with one being a solid tan color and the other has some patterning. I had a yellow rabbit snail and the skin and shell looked different from the one you have, but I'm no expert. As far as chopstick snails, I have no experience but I think that is a good contender. The two different colors of mts the spiky part around the shell opening the face part does look similar though this a rabbit snail and the skin is much more wrinkled looking and the shell has grooves
  7. @MalakaieaI don't know how much consolation this is, but if the claw falls off it will grow back after several molts.
  8. @Hobbit I don't see why there can't be two threads, but it would help keep things tidy and allow for a more focussed discussion of findings and microscope hobby questions with just one thread. I mean I'm not trying to claim the topic or anything, I was just sharing images I found to be neat. I have no background in science, in fact I was horrible at it high school, so really all I can do is say "look at what I saw." I have been using a "toy" microscope, but I just purchased a real one and am a total amateur. I saw in your thread that you were going to upgrade yours too. I feel like your thread is set up better with the intentions of collaborating and sharing, so I'll join in on the discussions there.
  9. I'm just going to share these pest snail eggs because I think they look cool.
  10. I'm not sure how long you have had your plants, but most plants will have to acclimate to new surroundings which often means a die back. As far as will they grow in water current, in my experience yes. I have grown frogbit in a 12g long with and aquaclear20 on one end, so there was current on at least half the tank. I have been trying to grow some frogbit in a tub with a sponge filter and it is struggling even though there is minimal movement on the surface. So, I don't know. Usually when I get new floating plants, I will separate them between tanks and bowls in an effort to maximize my success in case they don't work well in one of the other tanks.
  11. Whatever fish you really want. If you want it then it will mean more to you than any other recommended fish and you will be likely to do and learn all you can to keep it. Even if things don't work out you'll at least learn what kind of fish keeper you are and what fish might better suite you. Although, if I were to recommend a fish to a beginner it would be corydoras. I think they are usually the second fish most beginners get, if not a pleco, so why not just start with them. There is a variety to choose from, they school, they have interesting behaviors to watch, and they'll get along with just about everything.
  12. I see shrimplets crawl inside of mine. I assume that if they can crawl in that they can crawl out. I don't run a lot of air through it and they don't seem to be getting sucked into it. I still see growth in my shrimp population. I also hardly ever service my sponge filter, so I doubt that anything as large as shrimp fry can make it inside.
  13. Sorry for the confusion, but there is no need to repeat this treatment for you will not ever put water back into the tank. It's quite simple-you can't have problems with your water if you don't have water.
  14. There is a controversial method practiced amongst those who opt to go without a filter, heater, and light. The method consists of removing all water from the aquarium. That's correct, a waterless environment. Should do the trick on getting rid of all those nasties, but it might pose some side effects for the pygmy sunfish. Proceed with caution.
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