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Mormegil
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PostPosted: 2007.01.22(Mon)13:43    Post subject: Parasite micrographs Reply with quote

I posted this originally in my other thread, but I thought some folks might be curious to see what some of these protozoans / parasites look like up close.


If someone in the know could, please help me ID them? I think the predominant one is Ich, but I'm not sure.

I didn't have a nuclear stain handy, so I couldn't check for the "horseshoe" shaped nucleus.

edit: Duh, help if I put the image in the post,huh?

full size http://farm1.static.flickr.com/161/366135807_3106d58e60_b.jpg

New Edit: Those guys aren't Ich. I think I did see the Ich bug, but couldn't get a photo since it was moving too fast. After a couple of days of searching for images of various protozoa, I finally found out what the heck those things are, and why I couldn't figure it out. They're not protists, they're multicelluar microscopic animals, called rotifers.
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Lord Steve0
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PostPosted: 2007.01.24(Wed)10:44    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes those are rotifers. You get millions in your tank at any time and they do no damage.
They are just part of the ecosystem that starts up in the home aquarium. Quite interesting to look at. I know you can get types that are free swimmers and some seem to like being attached to leaves etc.

Did you take those photos yourself?
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PostPosted: 2007.01.24(Wed)12:09    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lord Steve0 wrote:


Did you take those photos yourself?



Yep. If I got the scale correct, it looks like these guys are about 50 micrometers in length, which is pretty small, even for a rotifer. I suppose they could be juviniles.

Edit: I rechecked the scale, they're 150 micrometers, which is average for rotifers.
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