Teaching An Old Dog New Tricks

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Mitch640
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Teaching An Old Dog New Tricks

Post by Mitch640 »

Same old scope, but wow, what a difference. Things that were dots, are now boxes and triangles and eggs with dots inside them. It's like night and day and a lot of people here helped and I am grateful.

A stunned Nematode posing, and it looks like he is shedding his skin. Is that possible?

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Post by Charles Krebs »

Mitch,

Glad to see it's all starting to come together. Now you'll be able to spend many enjoyable hours exploring a new alien micro world!

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Post by BJ »

Hi Mitch,

yes nematodes moult...typically about 4 times during their life.

Congratulations on the new set up and some crisp clear photos.

keep looking down,

Brian

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Post by Mitch640 »

Thanks Charles. And thanks for sticking with me and your suggestions. I don't think I ever would have figured this out on my own, or not nearly as quickly. I can go forward now, knowing it's only going to get better. :)

And thanks Brian, I have run across many nematodes in my sample. So many in fact, they have been a nuisance, stirring up everything and making it difficult to photograph anything but nematodes. LOL

I had no idea they moulted though. It's a first for me, but I am glad I was able to catch it now. I'll be looking for it in the future.

My next quest is to catch one of the many eggs I am finding at it's time of hatching.

Now, I can't wait to try some video recording. This is going to be awesome.
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Post by BJ »

hi Mitch,

i have tried to ban nematodes from my samples....they always "flick" at a critical moment and the specimen I am interested in shoots off behind some debris...aaargh !!

Brian

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Post by Mitch640 »

They are a real nuisance. I have one petri dish with a moss sample in it that seems to have been taken over by nematodes. Every drop of water was full of them and their eggs, whipping about without letup. I have some Protoslo I should have used, but by the time the coverslip goes on, it's too late.

Pardon my big grin, but it seems that that petri dish has died out. LOL From a terrible drought that hit the region. :)

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