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Aquariums under a microscope : a project

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We’ve started the theme “microbiology” in school, and after seeing a couple of interesting bacteria on the web, I thought I’d have a look and see if my tanks are bacterial havens.

To start with I took my microscope (from a toy store) 1320FC13-97F7-4B58-8384-A4FE7C0837E2.jpeg.a954f4a977d4f04006ed280f70d71b82.jpeg

And used a spoon (my pipette has gone walkies) to put a bit of “Easystart” on the lens. image.jpg.a74e03559658aec325136a1c1064fc21.jpg

The result:9D343467-9256-408D-8E3D-5B76ADDF0625.jpeg.5d311cb38e4fb40f1a0ccb3cc7df1153.jpeg

Magnified 200 times, it seems to resemble wet sand. When going closer, I can actually notice little black things moving and pushing the grains of ‘sand’ out of the way. Seeing as I’ve had this culture for a long time, they’re probably dead microorganisms with a few live ones in between. D4802F00-71EE-4216-A78D-0515046EB32B.jpeg.1717ca0a9b54b1921b6a16277132e28b.jpeg

Next up I took some Brine shrimp (4ish days old) and put them under the lens. First thing I saw: 2370201E-D329-4FBB-B528-ABF56B4DA270.jpeg.bba5e51fd5155e2f04ca28482cdd7131.jpeg

Unidentified crud. Then, life! 10E5D9F7-B8E7-4455-9BB8-55FD6B9BA0B5.png.7dceec6f69857fa3009f31b82296bd78.png5E076505-63DE-48F8-9F9F-319EF88E0EE0.png.6cd3f83db0d38bb3446545d57b8cdd4b.pngFEF00E42-E140-4546-BCF9-25E953F0945D.png.def3751202fd89da29f8eff7174f4a69.png

I know that what I’m doing isn’t new, but it’s quite fun and interesting! 😁

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On 2/25/2023 at 3:51 AM, Guppysnail said:

It’s like an entire alternate universe of life and drama going on. I enjoy viewing that drama under a scope. 

I love looking into that world too. Now I wish I bought a better scope! 

You may have seen these, but if not, these guys were part of an infested plant collection we were 'brewing' to test Reverse Respiration long ago.

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i wanted to try this with some Stability.

my science teacher asked what i wanted to put under a microscope

i said "bacteria"

she said no rather quickly.


I need to get some green water under a microscope though, that sure sounds interesting.

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