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  1. I’m not sure how many of us have microscopes, but I’m going to try to look at at least one new thing every month and I hope some of you will join me! Right now I just have a tiny $10 pocket microscope. Still it’s pretty fun! I’m thinking of investing in a bigger one too. Tonight I looked at my infusoria culture. I used Ich-X to stain them and pointed my phone awkwardly through the eye piece.
  2. I'm completely nerding out here, guys, and needed to share. I recently bought a microscope to help with diagnosing things, and out of curiosity just scraped a little bit of the glass on my 20 long, and put the sample on a slide. I caught a detritus worm! Look at it! I also got some kinda round thing, and if you know what it is, please let me know. I definitely need to get a phone adapter so I can video things easier!
  3. I have been trying to film an Oryzias Latipes egg hatching for about a week or so now. I removed the eggs from some moss in my tank with a pipette and placed them in a deli cup with tap water and whatever water was in the pipette. The first few days I only saw a few things darting around in the drop of water on the slide with the egg. After a week I noticed all sorts of things alive and moving, some even attached themselves to the egg. I'm no expert on what any of these things are, but I imagine that the small things are paramecium. I can recognize that there are vorticella and a nematode, but I have no idea what the grabby big mouth worm thing is. Any insights? I have been unsuccessful so far in filming the moment of hatching. I found myself watching all the little things that I never knew were there more intently and with more curiosity than watching the egg itself. Just thought I would share.
  4. Hey everyone! I’m not sure who might know how to diagnose fish diseases microscopically but I thought I’d share what I found on my neon tetra after I put it down today. I’d spent two months trying to treat it with salt, then herbal bacterial remidies, then maracyn, then salt again, etc. At first I thought I might be making progress but in general, the tetra stayed the same, not getting visibly worse or better. Its tank mate that had fin rot passed away at one point, but the snails got to it before I had a chance to examine the body. The album starts with a few pictures of its diseased tail. I took one picture of the healthy side of the tail at 60x, and then the rest of the images are the diseased areas. The last three are images of tissue that I sliced vertically through the diseased body area. Magnification is between 60-120x. I’m seeing a lot of things that look like tiny spreads of fungus, but I’m not sure if it’s really fungus or if it’s something else. If anyone has any ideas about what this could be I’d love to hear them! Otherwise this can just be for your viewing “pleasure.” 😅 https://photos.app.goo.gl/5cdWoUJxtGQUkkS28
  5. I was cleaning my 10 gallon where I have a small hap growing out with 4 dwarf chain loaches to put size on him so being doing water changes every two days and feeding more but first time I actually cleaned the substrate in that tank it’s been running for 2 to 3 months so had some left over in the tank floating around just installed a tidal 35 will it pick it up or am I better off removing more water if the fish won’t be ok will all that floating in the tank ?
  6. I've got 2 completely green 5 gallon tanks and a 20L that leans green all the time, sometimes worse than others. And my 55-gallon has been murky for 2 weeks and I'm wondering if it's going green too. So...I'm a little frustrated and want to find a way to clear it. Have any of you ever done this? Added daphnia to a tank that had green water? Did it work? I'm thinking I wouldn't need very many and then the fish will enjoy them as a treat too. Any advice on trying this method of clearing the water? And I do have a reserve of green water brewing in another bucket, and will be setting up a tank for green water eventually. Thanks everybody.
  7. I have always assumed mulm was some sort of combination of living and dead bacteria. I was always happy to see it because I assumed the mulm is processing fish waste from something more toxic to something less toxic. But that is a least 2 assumptions so far. I haven't googled this yet so I am throwing the question out to the forum. What is mulm?
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