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Hi all,

I have a 619X microscope with a digital camera attachment at work. After seeing all the discussion about microscopy as related to fish, I think it would be a good idea for me to take a slime coat scrape and look at it under the microscope. The only problem is that it's about a 45-minute drive to work. Would any parasites recovered from the fish still be alive by the time I got there? The microscope is awesome - it is hooked up to a computer and has the software, so I don't even have to look through the lens. We use it primarily for examining herbs as well as spots found in tablets.

Thanks!

Amanda

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I have only found live stuff in my filter samples. And they die within 15 minutes or so. I think anything living on our fish would be the same, they die pretty quickly when off their host.

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If the slide is prepared before you leave, I wouldn't think it'd matter if any parasites were dead. The important part is that you can identify the parasites. In any case, dead parasites that are still viewable are better than no sample viewing at all, so it's still a bonus to do a slime coat scraping regardless.

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