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I have a low power stereo microscope in my electronics lab.
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Originally posted by electricreefer electricreefer wrote:

Hi pharmaski I have a microscope.... I was going to pull up pictures on Google then compare what I see to what I can find online.
I'd love to see what you find. I hope you'll post/link to the pic when you find the match. 

Coincidentally or not, I'm dealing with the same exact stuff in one of my maintenance tanks. It's growing worse than the pics in the OP. The snails are clearing it up but there aren't enough snails. That's partly why it bloomed, because I had let the snail population get too low and let the PO4 level get too high.

Maybe it's the season for this kind of Cyano. The beginning of summer is the time of year when we see an increase in typical Cyano blooms.

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Under the microscope if it looks like individual "sputnik" satellite shaped objects it's Dino.

If it looks like a long train of connected cars, it's cyano.

... let me google a bit...

Dino:



cyano:

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Oh and just to make it confusing, diatoms look kinda like a mix between the two :)
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Fatman Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 26 2016 at 4:28pm
Humm, wonder how high of magnification they used? Mine is 7-45X.
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That dino looks to be 640x...
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Landon- I have an excellent scope you are welcome to use.  From my lab.  It has oil immersion, you can go 1000x if you want.

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Excellent thanks for posting those pics jfinch.
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And thanks to you too Adam for offering your insight and help.
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