Our tank's biology up close

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    I started off with the chunk and really had to push the exposure up to get light through it and so much so you'll see some bounce back glare in some of the images. And any spot that actually allowed some light through some what decently will be very bright white and over exposed by a lot.


    Thick full of cyano and some detritus. See some common cyano I've seen, some spirulina, and some of what I think are cyano but haven't seen in my tank yet either. Some algae packed in too. Didn't see sponge or anything like it. From what I saw its all bacteria tightly packed in and some detritus and algae "swallowed" up into the mass. Bacteria of various types and sizes from the very small creating bacterial films to the large cyano.

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    I was researching microscopes and came across this thread. Way cool! I had pretty much decided prior to this on an OMAX mid rante where I could upgrade some of the components later, but now I'm thinking about trying to get one of these, even if I have to do without some of the options in the short term. From all your comments it seemed like the Kohler illumination and the higher quality optics were worth it.

    I wonder if they are selling used anywhere?

    Great job you did, Jason. Very interesting and educational.

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    Thanks. I really like the better mid range optics. I idon't think high end premium ones are necessary as a hobby.
     
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    Hey Jason, love this thread. Any chance I can get some recommendations on a good quality microscope and camera. If you were to be replacing your equipment today, what would you get? I looked into the EXC-350 you posted earlier in the thread, but could not figure out which EXC-350 model is the one you use.

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    Omax and Amscope are good budget ones. Great if you just want to take a peak and play around.

    I'm very happy with my purchase of the Accuscope. It's more expensive as a mid range scope with what seems like very nice objectives. Other reviews rated them near Nikon quality but I can't confirm that. Certainly not the cost of the high end scopes and is perfect as a hobby scope IMO.

    This is the one I got along with a 100x dry objective and a darkfield slider.
    https://microscopecentral.com/colle...u-scope-exc-350-microscope?variant=1058493645
     
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    AccuScope seems to have a really nice sub-$500 range of scopes – every one seems to have reverse-facing objectives and a really nice body.
     
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    The 3002 or exec120 look nice for a lower cost option. The Omax or Amscope I have first hand experience with and have no issue recommending them for a good bang for the buck value scope.
     
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    Finally got my laptop set back up. My other one died on me. They don't seem to like it when kids drop juice into them. I've been itching to get back to this so tonight I'll get a sample from my ATS that I haven't touched coming up on a year. I don't expect anything crazy except possibly nothing at all as I haven't looked in it at all.
     
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