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Post by vern »

is there an easy way of keeping diatoms for observing during winter months? for practicality living in a northern area means growing them inside. not sure a mason jar would suffice. if any thoughts on this please pass them on. thank you. vern

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Post by curt0909 »

A jar is fine. Keep it next to bright light for best results. I had a culture of diatoms and cosmarium desmids for a few months that was very healthy. I didn't circulate the water or use a bubble stone. I occasionally topped the water level off with water from my fish tank. Its a very low maintenance culture.

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Post by Wim van Egmond »

I think the cold months are quite good for collecting diatoms in the field. Try scraping surfaces in ponds. I am not sure which month is best, perhaps februari, march is better.


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