Cheap (household) alternative to proto-slow??

Peter Herman x5495 rpeter at
Mon Apr 4 14:48:56 EST 1994

Along the lines already suggested, if you want to slow but not stop
pesky cilliates and flagelates, try making some 0.5% agar (plain, no
nutrients, in tapwater).  It will be rather thick but still pour,
even when cool.  Put a drop or 2 on your slide and add your sample
(1 drop) and mix.  This works like a charm for slowing down water
mold spores which are very finicky and will drop their flagella and
encyst if made unhappy by noxious chemicals.

Peter Herman
rpeter at

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