You will be amazed how many microorganisms exist in a patch of black hair algea (Rhodophytes). They will grow in your aquraium when you over feed your fish. If you have not change the water for a little while, they will grow wild and cover all the surfaces. Aquiarist are trying to get rid of them but I like them in my fish tank. They make my aquarium like natural habitate. They are also tasty treats for my rosy barbs and Siamese algea eater but they are just too many for one little rosy barb.
Black Brush Algea
Remove a piece of black brush algea from your aquarium and perform a wet mount. They are ready for observation.
Very Common Black Brush Algea in Aquarium
Another Diatom at 1000x
Rotifer at 400x
Another Fotifer Picture at 400X
Vorticella at 100X, and cropped
Loxocephalus at 400X
Another Loxocephalus photo at 400x
Stylonychia Division (or Conjugation)
Unknown (looks like stylonychia but much rounded) at 400x
Nematode at 100x
Nematode at 400x
The equipment I used for this project:
Nikon S200 camera was attached to the eyepiece of the Nexcope CM701 microscope with Celestron universal camera adapter
Note: The only specialied equipment used in this project is the Celestron 93626 universal camera adapter. It costs about $35.00 at Amazon.com. I do noticed that some light interference when taking photos at 400x. This is due to the “Fabry Perot” effect which was under discussion at yahoo microscope group.