Emotional Attatchment To Microbes

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Emotional Attatchment To Microbes

#1 Post by tabkiel » Fri Sep 18, 2020 4:37 pm

Hi everyone!

Weird title, I know, but I'm 100% serious.

I wanna know if anyone gets weirdly attatched to the microbes on their slide, cause that's turning out to be quite a problem for me.

As I'm typing this, I'm crying my eyes out because a slide full of Coleps, Vorticella and rotifers just dried and killed everyone there. I feel HORRIBLE letting this kind of thing happen but it would kill me inside to rinse my slides in tap water or rubbing alcohol.

I really don't know what to do. How do you guys deal with this sort of thing? Is this a problem for anyone else?

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Re: Emotional Attatchment To Microbes

#2 Post by DonSchaeffer » Fri Sep 18, 2020 5:31 pm

I harden my heart.
Sometimes I try to squeeze them back into the jar I got them from.
Do you feel that the microbes are aware or have a sense of life? I think we vastly underestimate them.
I know how you feel. It's an impossible problem unless we can figure out a way of going to them rather then bringing them to us. Fee Fie Foe Fum!
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Re: Emotional Attatchment To Microbes

#3 Post by Wes » Fri Sep 18, 2020 5:33 pm

tabkiel wrote:
Fri Sep 18, 2020 4:37 pm
I really don't know what to do
Put the slide in a humidity chamber. Not only you save your beloved microbes but they can actually develop on the slide providing you with more insight on your next observation.

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Re: Emotional Attatchment To Microbes

#4 Post by tabkiel » Fri Sep 18, 2020 5:37 pm

A humidity chamber!! That's perfect, thank you so much Wes! My little friends are going to be so happy!!

Is there a way to DIY one or do you have to buy it?

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Re: Emotional Attatchment To Microbes

#5 Post by tabkiel » Fri Sep 18, 2020 5:41 pm

Thanks for the reply Don!

I'm very emotional by nature and get attached to the weirdest things, so it's quite hard to just tell myself "they won't feel, care or know".

As for your question, I know that, scientifically, they really won't feel, care or know if they live or die but I do believe, spiritually, there's something greater than all of us driving these little guys forward, much like it drives us forward.

Sorry for the sudden spiritualness, I just feel it correlates to my love for microbes!

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Re: Emotional Attatchment To Microbes

#6 Post by Wes » Fri Sep 18, 2020 5:46 pm

Its basically a container, like a petri dish, with some wet tissue (e.g. moist napkin). When the humidity reaches 100% it means the air can't hold more water vapour because its saturated and therefore the water in your sample cannot evaporate. Now if you don't want to observe your microbes later but just keep them alive you can rinse the slides with some water and collect the wash in a jar.

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Re: Emotional Attatchment To Microbes

#7 Post by DonSchaeffer » Fri Sep 18, 2020 5:50 pm

tabkiel wrote:
Fri Sep 18, 2020 5:41 pm
Thanks for the reply Don!

I'm very emotional by nature and get attached to the weirdest things, so it's quite hard to just tell myself "they won't feel, care or know".

As for your question, I know that, scientifically, they really won't feel, care or know if they live or die but I do believe, spiritually, there's something greater than all of us driving these little guys forward, much like it drives us forward.

Sorry for the sudden spiritualness, I just feel it correlates to my love for microbes!

~ Tenshi
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Re: Emotional Attatchment To Microbes

#8 Post by 75RR » Fri Sep 18, 2020 9:21 pm

Rescuing a slide's denizens can be problematic if one has used oil objectives,

if however one has only used dry objectives then dipping the cover slip and the slide (separate them first),

in the sample jar will return most of them to their new home.
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Re: Emotional Attatchment To Microbes

#9 Post by KD Arvidsson » Fri Sep 18, 2020 9:54 pm

I also thought it was hard at first but then realized that every time I go out and walk in a pool of water or walk on moss, or wash my hands in a lake, the list can be made long. In other words, you probably kill millions of these wonderful microbes wherever you are or whatever you do ... :( //KD
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Re: Emotional Attatchment To Microbes

#10 Post by DonSchaeffer » Fri Sep 18, 2020 11:43 pm

If they had their choice they would eat you.

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Re: Emotional Attatchment To Microbes

#11 Post by MichaelG. » Sat Sep 19, 2020 11:09 am

tabkiel wrote:
Fri Sep 18, 2020 4:37 pm
Hi everyone!

Weird title, I know, but I'm 100% serious.

I wanna know if anyone gets weirdly attatched to the microbes on their slide, cause that's turning out to be quite a problem for me.

[…]

~ Tenshi
I think you might find this previous discussion of interest, Tenshi

viewtopic.php?f=25&t=7795&p=68612&hilit=buddhist#p68612

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Re: Emotional Attatchment To Microbes

#12 Post by EYE C U » Sat Sep 19, 2020 1:58 pm

just play that song from 'Dope" in the background.

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