Does anyone else have this sample collecting problem?

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Does anyone else have this sample collecting problem?

#1 Post by mazo4033 » Sun Aug 16, 2020 1:33 pm

I have some water sources near me which look very good for taking samples from. The problem is that their embankments are too tall or too steep, it is impossible to reach the water without falling in.

Does anyone else have a similar problem? Has anyone else found a solution?

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#2 Post by DonSchaeffer » Sun Aug 16, 2020 2:45 pm

My solution is to make cultures. Take a handful of dry grass from anyplace where birds or other animals may have walked. Put the grass in a liter jar or water. Wait a day. The birds carry cysts and live organisms on their bodies and these quickly enliven in the water.

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#3 Post by BramHuntingNematodes » Sun Aug 16, 2020 2:52 pm

or the ol' bucket and rope
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#4 Post by sleekdigital » Sun Aug 16, 2020 3:02 pm

On the YT channel "Journey to the Microcosmos" they mention taking a collapsible selfie stick and attaching a small container to the end. Also, similar to the bucket and rope suggestion, they will sometimes use a plankton net with a fine mesh.

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#5 Post by MicroBob » Sun Aug 16, 2020 3:27 pm

In "Ponds and Rock Pools" a walking stick is seen as indispensable: http://www.mikrohamburg.de/Tips/SCHERREN-GESAMT.pdf

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#6 Post by MichaelG. » Sun Aug 16, 2020 3:43 pm

Excellent link, Bob ... Thanks

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#7 Post by tgss » Sun Aug 16, 2020 4:54 pm

Collapsible golf ball retriever adapted to take a small plastic bottle on the golf ball end. Here I must give a plug to Tony Pattinson's excellent books "The Freshwater Microscopist" including parts 2, 3, and 4, all available from Blurb Books.
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#8 Post by mazo4033 » Mon Aug 17, 2020 10:02 pm

Thank you for the comments and suggestions for solutions, everyone! I will definitely look into some kind of long stick set up. MicroBob, thank you for the great link, it is very interesting! Thank you tgss for the great book recommendation.

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#9 Post by rnabholz » Tue Aug 18, 2020 3:09 pm

viewtopic.php?p=37601#p37601

And post 325 in the same thread has more info on it.

Good luck

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#10 Post by mazo4033 » Sun Aug 23, 2020 1:18 pm

Thank you Rod for sharing this great thread!

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#11 Post by Rapidray » Fri Sep 25, 2020 11:18 pm

MicroBob wrote:
Sun Aug 16, 2020 3:27 pm
In "Ponds and Rock Pools" a walking stick is seen as indispensable: http://www.mikrohamburg.de/Tips/SCHERREN-GESAMT.pdf
Great link and I have downloaded it to my Books section with my other ones! Thanks
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#12 Post by Rapidray » Fri Sep 25, 2020 11:56 pm

rnabholz wrote:
Tue Aug 18, 2020 3:09 pm
viewtopic.php?p=37601#p37601

And post 325 in the same thread has more info on it.

Good luck

Rod
I like the thread! It will provide me with a lot of reading and catching up. Thank you so much!
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#13 Post by EYE C U » Sat Sep 26, 2020 1:30 am

old tires..

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#14 Post by Wes » Sat Sep 26, 2020 11:09 am

I have successfully used a long stick as a guide for a small rubber hose that has a 50ml syringe on my end. Once you select a sampling spot simply dip the stick with the hose firmly attached to it with pig tails or whatever and slowly pull the plunger on the syringe. Then discharge in your sample container.

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