How to observe the microfauna in your tank - The Planted Tank Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 1 (permalink) Old 09-04-2015, 10:52 PM Thread Starter
Planted Member
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Tacoma, WA
Posts: 212
How to observe the microfauna in your tank

Today I was looking at a corner of my tank that was getting a shaft of evening sunlight. I have 1/5th grown Orange Sakura shrimp that are just starting to look like more than a white splinter so I really focused on him to get a good view at his progress and then I saw it....

hundreds of little white specs moving around.

I got my headlamp (petzl tikkina) and shined it sideways thru the aquarium while looking thru it and againt I spotted them. They're probably paramecium or some kind of single cell creature but it's still cool to realize that what looks like clear water is actually crawling with life.

BTW if you try this, the light has to be pointed at least partway towards you so that they have some backlighting, otherwise they become invisible again. And the brighter the light you use, the better. Direct Sunlight is best.
Doppelgaenger is offline  


Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome