9) MICROSCOPY – Collecting a Sample
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Sample collection is simply the “scraping” of slime off of the body, fin or gill of the fish you’re assessing. You need a glob of mucus that’s big enough to see, but not so big you can’t see THROUGH it.
Start to Finish, Set up, Practice Slide, Adjustment and Biopsy
This is where I discover that the LCD autocorrects for the amount of light you get through the disc diaphragm. In other words, it’s hard to mess up. Unless you have the ABOVE stage light on. Something to understand is that these videos are unretouched. Not fancy. I’m not making money from these videos so I am not going to sit around and edit out some of the long spaces for free. I’m old. I want to get the most out of my days, not edit a video so it’s as flashy as a 28 year old with 1M Youtube subscribers where you HAVE to be flashy and professional to maintain viewership.
A Different Way To Scrape Skin
Using the SLIDE to collect the sample of mucus, then putting your drop of water on the end of the slide, and laying your coverslip on the bleb of mucus.
A Good Food To Make Your Medicated Food On.
Making Medicated Food
If you're going to make a medicated food using the following tutorial [Making Medicated Food] I recommend you build the food on the pellet at right because it is specifically engineered to bolster the immune response in fish under attack. It's very palatable and holds up well in the process. I've used this food to make the medicated food shown in the tutorial.
I suspect any food would be okay, but I don't know that the other foods would still float after treatment.
This particular food is made with hyper supplemented levels of vitamin C and some nucleotides that have been shown to bolster the immune response.
My Favorite Amazon Recommendations
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This Filter is Good For BIG Dirty Tanks
I've been wrestling with water quality with the turtles. The sponges work GREAT, but in THOSE turtle systems where they eat MICE the poops are bulky. This filter can handle it. In "Tortu's" tank, it's got an 800 gph pump and it rocks.
PraziPro for Flukes
They nailed it. Figured out the solubility and worked out the dosing. It works.
Buy Some Good Koi?
No, this isn't really for the 'high end' collector y'all. But for someone who isn't near a decent garden center, here are "good-to-quite-good" Koi you will like at a very good price. I know these guys personally.
Best Food, Ever
It's made for (and I discovered it for) my Blood Parrots but the small size, intense color enhancers and excellent formulation make it superb young-Koi food. Oh, and it's AMAZING on color-cichlids like Flowerhorn and Blood Parrots.
Pro Air 60 Aerator is a VERY high output air pump pushing my whole fish room (17+ drops), and I have one at home driving everything there, and I have one as a back up.
Formalin Malachite (Not dilute)
There are formalin malachite preparations at 10%, 22% and 37%. There's economy in the concentrates. Hard to get Prime shipping because air transport is curtailed. This is a good value on 32 ounces.
Topical For Koi and Pond Fish Ulcers
I like 7% tincture of iodine because it stains but it's hard to hurt anything with it. Used with a WOVEN gauze, this works well to clean and disinfect a wound. Only use ONCE. Do not 'repeatedly' scrub wounds.
Koi Health & Disease
Hopefully this link takes you to the newest edition by PRIME to get it to your house the fastest.
I have over ten of these Titanium Heaters in my fish room and at home. They're a paradigm shift in aquarium heating. They're titanium and 400W for under $30! Whaaaaaaaaat?
CyroPro by Hikari is safe and easy for Anchor Worms and Fish Lice.
Whatever heaters you use, back yourself up with a temperature controller, it'll turn on, and off your heaters. If your heater seizes "on" at least the thermostat will stop a tragedy.
LifeGuard by Tetra is a tablet version of a tame 'chloramine-t' or 'halamid' compound that's easy to get and good on bacterial infections, in baths.
If you're making medicated feed for a larger group of fish, this will come in handy. Dosing is available in the site.
For me, filtration-of-choice
For aquariums, even small Koi holding facilities or small ponds. These sponge filters are cheap, easy to clean, and they clear hazes very well when used with some Accuclear or similar.
Rubber sided, round, nettable tanks
Make great hospital or quarantine facilities. They SHOULD cost about $200-300 depending on size, but this, lower quality unit (while panned in some reviews) may be good. Don't overfill and make sure it's propped up.
1200 Watt heater, on a thermostat held securely above the waterline, works GREAT as a large tank heater. That's all I'll say because there's risk of electrocution and all that. But then, even in a bucket you could get killed. Sound like fun?
I have several of these ALLIED PRECISION stainless ones that are a couple years old. Working still.
500 grams could be a lifetime supply but it's 50% more than the 100g cost wise, for 500% more amount. Dosing is in the site and the book.
What Does Ajax Eat?
I looked for something well formulated, with meat as the first ingredient. Something UNDER $2/lb and something they could deliver for free. And this was it. He looks and feels great on it.