Our tank's biology up close

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    I have what looks like a dusty dark dirt like area on my substrate where my last bit of cyano was during my Vibrant testing and I wanted to see what all was there.

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    Pics and vids uploading. I will give a little spoiler because I was very excited to find them. I finally found a couple ostracods with eggs. Very cool looking.
     
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    So, it mostly looked like well... dirt. It was a lot of detritus with some cyano, diatoms, sponge spicules, lots of bacteria of different types etc. Normal detritus stuff I see.

    But I did find some cool stuff.

    I followed this little ciliate for quite some time. It was very excited spinning very fast.
    [​IMG]Dirt_on_Sand-0013 by Jason, on Flickr


    Some cyano but not a lot
    [​IMG]Dirt_on_Sand-0015 by Jason, on Flickr

    A few Diatoms
    [​IMG]Dirt_on_Sand-0017 by Jason, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Dirt_on_Sand-0035 by Jason, on Flickr


    Some walking ciliates
    [​IMG]Dirt_on_Sand-0019 by Jason, on Flickr

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

    [​IMG]Dirt_on_Sand-0041 by Jason, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Dirt_on_Sand-0042 by Jason, on Flickr

    Sponge Spicules and here's a tight ball of them
    [​IMG]Dirt_on_Sand-0034 by Jason, on Flickr
     
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