Comment from: ArtBirdy [Visitor]
ArtBirdyA couple of questions about preservation:

Is it the formalin AND distilled water w/india ink or is it one or the other?

What type of container should be used?

Must the sample be entirely fresh, or could it be 1-2 days old?

This was very informative and I'm appreciative for the information
10/09/10 @ 17:36
Comment from: DD Rose [Member]
Hi ArtBirdy:

I'm glad this can be of help to you. :)

* In order to preserve specimens the procedure is done one way or another:
1) Formalin solution (alone), or
2) Distilled water & India ink together.

* I believe the best container is an air tight glass jar. I know that hard plastic collection jars are used at doctor's offices. A non-reactive jar lid would be necessary. You can check your container to see if it is air tight by submerging it underwater for a period of time. Observe if any water or moisture seeped in.

* Collection is best immediately, because biological specimens have a tendency to breakdown fairly quickly.

* For extra precaution, it would be best to wear gloves and sterilize all surfaces of the environment and collection jars with hot soapy water and a little bleach. Label the jar with a date and anything noteworthy. Additionally, put the collection jars in a good sealable ziplock bag. Clean the outside of the ziplock bag before storing on a shelf or transporting into another environment.

This may sound extreme, but it is necessary to not reinfect yourself or expose others to microscopic eggs with an infection.
10/11/10 @ 16:29
Comment from: chic [Visitor] Email
chicCan I use a 5% formalin? Instead of 10%? What will be the effect if i used 5%?
12/28/10 @ 03:30
Comment from: DD Rose [Member]
Hi - I got this method from a person who did microscopy work. To preserve specimens over a period of time I'm unsure if 5% formalin will work; because, 5% may not completely kill or preserve the specimen. You can try it and see what will happen. :)
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