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.

    Mickey
     
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