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A Cyclopoida - 10 Legged Water Spider

 
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Jan 07, 2011 04:12 |  #1

This Cyclopoida not only sat still for some still shots, he even hung around for a short video screening. They usually hop around so fast you could never get any video of one.

Look closely at this guy though. It looks like he has 6 legs, but in reality, each leg has a double right under it.

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Here's a video of him (external link).

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Jan 07, 2011 09:09 |  #2

Interesting stuff.




  
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Jan 07, 2011 11:26 |  #3

neat captures, Mitch




  
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Jan 07, 2011 11:31 |  #4

Thanks for looking Macroshooter and Dean. The aquarium I started several weeks ago is producing all kinds of neat stuff these days. :)


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Jan 07, 2011 11:58 |  #5

Hi Mitch. Good to see you are producing some great stuff with that new gear - very interesting.
Happy New Year and great to see you're still posting.


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Jan 07, 2011 12:07 |  #6

Hey David, glad to see you around. Yeah, got tired of going out in the cold and spending money on gas. Now I can stay inside and watch my yard birds through the window and play with the microscope. It's still photography though. :)


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Jan 07, 2011 12:58 |  #7

Good stuff Mitch, its amazing to think that your aquarium is home to so many interesting organisms. The video is awesome, as you said yourself the g forces he's experiencing during those twitchy jumps have got to be huge. It's funny to hear you speak :lol:


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Jan 07, 2011 13:09 |  #8

Thanks Cameron. The aquarium has no fish. I set it up to provide micro-organisms through the winter, but now I want to see how long I can keep it going. It seems to be doing it's job. I set it up with a 3 gallon glass jar from Walmart, with a heavy glass lid. Looks like one of those big candy jars in an old time soda fountain store. I added a little gravel on the bottom, then bought some aquarium plants for oxygen, cause I did not want a pump, filter or air pump going 24/7. I do have a light on it about 8 hours a day though, for the plants.

Initially, I bought 2 snails cause there was a piece of weed in there with them. I added snails, weeds and water, plus three small jars of Mississippi river water and their stuff, then some more aquarium plants I bought later.

Now I am seeing a lot of new baby snails in there, not from my big snails. They were in the river water. As were all the bugs, which I can just barely see with the naked eye. I'm also seeing lots of rotifers and Vorticella that I can get from the scum that grows on the plant leaves. When I put some flake food in there and wait a day, you just wouldn't believe what comes to feed on that. :)


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Jan 08, 2011 01:57 |  #9

Good shots and interesting "bug" - thought at first it was a "water bear"
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Jan 08, 2011 02:29 |  #10

wow..this is amazing stuff...the unseen..


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Jan 08, 2011 03:02 |  #11

Thanks Brian and Girish. This bug is actually jus big enough to see when he moves in good light. Quite a bit bigger than a Water Bear, which you can't see. A Water Bear would be the size of the brown spot on this guy, which is just what you think it is. :)


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Jan 08, 2011 07:25 |  #12

Wow, this one is really cool!


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Jan 08, 2011 07:48 |  #13

canonloader wrote in post #11597018 (external link)
Thanks Brian and Girish. This bug is actually jus big enough to see when he moves in good light. Quite a bit bigger than a Water Bear, which you can't see. A Water Bear would be the size of the brown spot on this guy, which is just what you think it is. :)

That might explain why I haven't been able to spot one :)
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Jan 08, 2011 08:35 |  #14

Thanks Kurt. They seem to be getting pretty common in my aquarium. I got another one yesterday afternoon by mistake. Didn't even know he was there till he jumped in front of the lens. In a regular aquarium, the fish would find them and eat them.

Brian, you might be able to see a water bear with your MPE-65, but he would be very small. It takes a total magnification of about 100x or so to see any detail though. A 10x objective and 10x eyepieces.

Where have you looked for them? I collected 5 samples of moss from the woods, then soaked it a few hours and sucked out a few drops with a pipette. And of all the times I have taken samples from those moss samples, I have found exactly one water bear. So they are not as common as you would think.

I hear, the best places to find them are in mosses on rocks where water is slowly moving over the moss, not too fast. The short kind of moss, in a slow creek or a wet seep.


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