Tan Chaos

Tan Chaos kdorfman Thu, 02/16/2012 - 14:27

See protocol on Chaos main page


  • Use culture-treated dishes
  • keep in Chaos saline at 22-24C in the dark
  • Every 2-3 days
    • count
    • change medium
    • feed
  • Split every 2-3 weeks, or when the debris becomes detrimental


  • 7-day old Paramecium multimicronucleatum cultures at late log phase or early stationary phase (Fok and Allen, 1979).
  • Remove growth medium:
    • Filter cultures through a 3-piece glass filter funnel (Whatman)

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  • Wash and concentrate Paramecia in Chaos saline

    • concentrate by allowing the medium to be filtered through
    • collect concentrated Paramecium suspension in a beaker
  • Estimate Paramecium concentration

    • 10 10uL drops
    • count # Paramecium in each
    • average x 100 = cells/mL
  • Feed 36 ± 3 Paramecia per amoeba.

Changing the medium

  • Tilt the dish, let amoebae settle to the bottom
  • Suck out the old medium
  • Carefully squirt fresh medium onto the dish surface
  • Repeat 2 or 3 times
  • Check the culture
    • Fast growing and healthy cultures have little cell debris (dead amoebae, cell fragments) and usually few or no lingering Paramecium left from the previous feeding.
    • slow-growing or sick cultures have more cell debris and a large number of Paramecium left from the previous feeding.