Our tank's biology up close

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    jason2459 Not a paid scientist R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award

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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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    This should be pretty cool
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    I found the 4 they show on the label and then some. A nice bacteria count as well.

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

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

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

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

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

    [​IMG]Ocean_Magik_Phytoplankton-0006 by Jason, on Flickr

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

    [​IMG]Ocean_Magik_Phytoplankton-0014 by Jason, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Ocean_Magik_Phytoplankton-0016 by Jason, on Flickr
     
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    Good to know! Thanks
     
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    Been to long...

    What's left of some hair algae after playing around with that Vibrant product. Noticed a few bubbles on the HA and figured I might find some dinoflagellets
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    A walking ciliate
    [​IMG]Hair_Algae_Above_Pump2-0012 by Jason, on Flickr
    With something on it
    [​IMG]Hair_Algae_Above_Pump2-0013 by Jason, on Flickr

    An Amoeba Consuming the ciliate!
    [​IMG]Hair_Algae_Above_Pump2-0013 by Jason, on Flickr
    [​IMG]Hair_Algae_Above_Pump2-0016 by Jason, on Flickr
    [​IMG]Hair_Algae_Above_Pump2-0017 by Jason, on Flickr
    [​IMG]Hair_Algae_Above_Pump2-0018 by Jason, on Flickr
    [​IMG]Hair_Algae_Above_Pump2-0019 by Jason, on Flickr
    [​IMG]Hair_Algae_Above_Pump2-0020 by Jason, on Flickr
    [​IMG]Hair_Algae_Above_Pump2-0021 by Jason, on Flickr
    [​IMG]Hair_Algae_Above_Pump2-0022 by Jason, on Flickr
     
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    Will post some vids later
     
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    A walking ciliate being consumed by an amoeba. I didn't realize what was happening right away then by the end of this video I did and started another one.





    Not much happened after as it seems the amoeba had a mouthful and didn't move from that spot for a couple hours I would assume digesting. Slide dried out by then
     
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    Those pictures with dinos scare me lol. I have been hesitant to take any slides from my tank because I know I will see them even though I'm not seeing signs of them in the tank.
     
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    It's all natural...a balanced system has all these things all the time. Maybe visible, maybe not. Plague-level blooms are the problem...but that's something we instigate, they just do what they do. :)
     
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