Our tank's biology up close

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    Here's the 3rd sample I was trying to get to which I got to the other night. Just like every time I explore the samples I find something new. Those really large amoeba like things that I've gotten to see split twice now I got to actually see MERGE this time! And twice!

    Lots of ostracods in this one. The sample was taken from on top of on of my gyre circulation pumps. Mostly looked like hair algae.

    I've also switched to hosting the pictures on flikr. I really hated how my phone kept mixing up the photos in what seemed like a completely random order and tapatalk has added in a few extra steps to post a picture making it take a really long time to post the pictures. So, these are posted at 1024x768 resolution but the flikr site has the full resolution they were taken at. If the 1024x768 is to big let me know and it looks like I have many options to choose from for bbcode image sizes to choose from.

    [​IMG]Hair_Algae_Pump-0001 by Jason, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Hair_Algae_Pump-0003 by Jason, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Hair_Algae_Pump-0005 by Jason, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Hair_Algae_Pump-0007 by Jason, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Hair_Algae_Pump-0008 by Jason, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Hair_Algae_Pump-0009 by Jason, on Flickr

    One of those small segments of aiptasia rummaging around
    [​IMG]Hair_Algae_Pump-0010 by Jason, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Hair_Algae_Pump-0016 by Jason, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Hair_Algae_Pump-0018 by Jason, on Flickr
     
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    Wanted to highlight these two videos

    few times here
    Just after 2 minutes a tiny one just kind of "pops" into the big one
    Just after 2 minutes 50 seconds another merger with a slightly bigger one
    Just after 3 minutes 40 seconds another one



    And here he comes with another merger and stretches along the strand of cyano
     
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    The other night, I think it was Saturday, I wanted to see what a single strand of algae with a drop of vibrant on it would do.

    I wasn't expecting much and can't really say the vibrant did anything of what I saw but it was a pretty cool thing to do and found some bacteria liking certain areas. Even saw pieces of something (the algae?) falling apart covered in bacteria. Again, I can't say for certain it was the bacteria in the Vibrant or just bacteria that didn't get washed off.

    What I did was pick a small strand of algae out of my ATS and rinse it in freshly mixed saltwater. And rinsed again. And rinsed again. And again. And again. It certainly got rid of most everything else I normally see.

    I still need to get the videos uploaded.

    [​IMG]Algae_vs_Vibrant-0033 by Jason, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Algae_vs_Vibrant2-0002 by Jason, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Algae_vs_Vibrant2-0004 by Jason, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Algae_vs_Vibrant2-0005 by Jason, on Flickr
     
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