Under the microscope... Is it harmful [or not] for my fish?


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In my attempt to identify the "bag guys," the parasitic critters that are harmful to our fish, I feel the need to be able to identify the "good guys" first. And since it's been a LONG time since I had any biology or microbiology classes, my microscopy skills have long since vanished :confused:.

And what do you do to hone your skills? :wideyed:Practice, practice, practice.......:wacky: Here is the result of most recent practice.....

NOT HARMFUL....... Thought you might like to see some of what's down there :eek:. I've found some bizarre-looking things, but as scary as they look :vamp:, they're not problems for our fish :joyful:. And there are a few things that I haven't been able to ID.....but still doubt that they're parasitic. Basically, if it is colored [green, red, yellow, orange....] it's some type of algae or a "photosynthetic protist."


No idea what this first one is, but it's either something in the process of dividing, or it's an organism [don't recall the name] that is symetrical.....
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Not sure about the "blue-green algae," but this does look like pictures I saw on the internet. And note, that's clostERIUM not clostRIDIUM. It looks like a banana....
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Again, no idea, but I did see some things on the internet that looked like it. Also, not sure [but pretty sure] if these 2 are the same thing.
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I recall seeing something like this, but don't recall what it was -- which makes it fun to search for, right?
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When I first saw the yellow-circled things, I thought "parasite," [Trichodina] until I did more research on diatoms. And the green-circled thing is one turned on its side -- they are made like boxes. And these were not moving.
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If you have comments or can ID something in these pictures, please chime in!

@shakaho if you're still out there......
 
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This will be my only comment in this thread. I am staying silent because the fun and excitement is discovering the identity of the myriad micro- and meio-organisms yourself.
One exception--Photo 3 is the same organism specie but I'm not saying what.
 

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This will be my only comment in this thread. I am staying silent because the fun and excitement is discovering the identity of the myriad micro- and meio-organisms yourself.
One exception--Photo 3 is the same organism specie but I'm not saying what.

Darn! LOL!
 

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This will be my only comment in this thread. I am staying silent because the fun and excitement is discovering the identity of the myriad micro- and meio-organisms yourself.
One exception--Photo 3 is the same organism specie but I'm not saying what.

#3 looks like your profile pic to me Meyer
 
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In my attempt to identify the "bag guys," the parasitic critters that are harmful to our fish, I feel the need to be able to identify the "good guys" first. And since it's been a LONG time since I had any biology or microbiology classes, my microscopy skills have long since vanished :confused:.

And what do you do to hone your skills? :wideyed:Practice, practice, practice.......:wacky: Here is the result of most recent practice.....

NOT HARMFUL....... Thought you might like to see some of what's down there :eek:. I've found some bizarre-looking things, but as scary as they look :vamp:, they're not problems for our fish :joyful:. And there are a few things that I haven't been able to ID.....but still doubt that they're parasitic. Basically, if it is colored [green, red, yellow, orange....] it's some type of algae or a "photosynthetic protist."


No idea what this first one is, but it's either something in the process of dividing, or it's an organism [don't recall the name] that is symetrical.....
View attachment 85783




Not sure about the "blue-green algae," but this does look like pictures I saw on the internet. And note, that's clostERIUM not clostRIDIUM. It looks like a banana....
View attachment 85784


Again, no idea, but I did see some things on the internet that looked like it. Also, not sure [but pretty sure] if these 2 are the same thing.
View attachment 85785


I recall seeing something like this, but don't recall what it was -- which makes it fun to search for, right?
View attachment 85786


When I first saw the yellow-circled things, I thought "parasite," [Trichodina] until I did more research on diatoms. And the green-circled thing is one turned on its side -- they are made like boxes. And these were not moving.
View attachment 85787


If you have comments or can ID something in these pictures, please chime in!

@shakaho if you're still out there......

The blue-green algae is cyanobacteria
 

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Actually I don't have the links anymore because I downloaded the entire files to my computer. I would be happy to send what I have to you or anyone else BUT this Forum's mail software will not accept large files as attactments to comments. Evidently set up to only handle photos and small files like links. I might try uploading them as Articles if this would be OK with the Forum Admin. Or I can send them to personal email accounts for those that are interested.
 
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Actually I don't have the links anymore because I downloaded the entire files to my computer. I would be happy to send what I have to you or anyone else BUT this Forum's mail software will not accept large files as attactments to comments. Evidently set up to only handle photos and small files like links. I might try uploading them as Articles if this would be OK with the Forum Admin. Or I can send them to personal email accounts for those that are interested.
I don't see why it would be a problem. Just have the source mentioned so no copy right issues.
 

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I don't see why it would be a problem. Just have the source mentioned so no copy right issues.
Copyright infringement is not a problem with 'Open Access' on the internet. What I need to know is can files be uploaded and opened in the Articles section. Past articles have been Copy/Paste which will not work for some of the files that I have (diagrams, photos, PPT presentations, etc.) Just too much time involved for me to Copy/Paste, convert and/or whatever before uploading.
 
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That I do not know, ask in the feed back section, Becky or Ian will let you know.
 

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