AccuQuik microscopic slides can be used both for dry mounting and wet mounting.
In dry mounting a thinly sliced section is put in the middle of the slide and then slid is put on top of the sample.
Dry mounts are ideal to observe feathers, airborne particles, dust, and dead matter, for example, insects and hair. If the specimen is opaque a very thin slice is required for proper illumination. Dry mount specimens are usually inorganic or dead matter so therefore dry mounts can last a long time.
Wet mounts are usually used for living organisms and wet samples that contain water, glycerin, brine and immersion oil. When using a wet mount, you will also need tweezers, liquid, pipette, and paper towels.
Preparing a wet mount requires dropping a drop of fluid on the slide. The next step is putting the sample into the liquid on the slide with tweezers. Put the cover on without making any air bubbles that would disturb the examination. Lastly, remove the excess water.
The wet mount is used to prepare a lot of different microscopic slides.
Adding petroleum jelly to the outer edges will make organisms as protozoa live longer because the seal will be created.
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There are in total four common ways to mount a microscope slide:
- In a dry mount, the specimen is placed directly on the slide – Feel free to use a coverslip to keep the specimen in place and simultaneously protect the objective lens of the microscope;
- In a wet mount, a drop of water is used to suspend the specimen between the slide and coverslip – This method is most effective in preventing air bubbles from being trapped under the coverslip;
- In a suction mount, an extremely thin cross-section of a specimen is used (cut using a microtome);
- In a smear mount, a smear is made by carefully smearing a thin layer of the specimen across a slide and then applying a coverslip.
- Can break if not handled properly;
- Humidity and temperature can adversely affect results;
- The used slide should be discarded according to local regulations.