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I have ordered some sclerotium and it will arrive by mail in the next few days.
So, I have been searching a bit on the web and I can't directly find pictures of sclerotia and young slime molds. It clearly isn't a popular hobby yet.
When it arrives, I will attempt to document my experiences in detail.
I can't help out yet, but I have seen pictures of nearly bleak/transparent slime molds that could be Physarium.
If your slime mold turns out alright in the meantime, please tell so, so that I don't get anxious when I see the same symptoms.
Good to hear!
My sclerotia have arrived today. The instructions that came with it suggested to start with oatmeal agar.
So, I hope I'll have some growing soon!
Glad to hear it came back to life. Eventually! Feed it up well for a few days before doing any experiments, it should perform better. Enjoy!
Hey, I want to give an update about my experience.
So, i received the Physarium P. sclerotium from Scientio with the instructions to grow them on some oatmeal agar (200 ml water + 12 g oatmeal (I just put some oatmeals in a coffee grinder) + 3 g Agar)
And I thought, let's start with 2 small pieces to see how everything works. I placed them in 2 Tupperware pots and after about 2 hours, It became clear that it started getting alive (unlike the 12-24 hours as said in the instructions). Then during the night it grew in both Tupperware pots that it covered the entire agar bottom. (while I thought it would still be in the process of waking up) And now it is like a vainy surface, I upladed a picture)
I transfered a tiny piece onto some oatmeals on just a piece of wet paper in an other box and indeed that indeed seems to grow much slower.
So, if you find that your slime mould is not growing, placing it on oatmeal agar will probably do the trick.
In the next days, I'll see if I can return it back to a sclerotium.
I just added the agar and oatmeal to the water and stirred till it boiled.
Then I poured the liquid in some containers where it cooled and solidified.
I don't know about the liquid form, I think the Physarium must be able to breath.
Also, I have now (2 days ago) filled the bottom of an aquarium with agar (without the oatmeal). Placed a map (of Belgium) under the bottom glass and placed some oatmeals on the respective positions of some major cities to see if it will replicate the highway network.
It now grows in a nice network way instead of the solid surface way when oatmeal is added to the agar)
And I'm slowly drying out the oatmeal agar to see if I can obtain sclerotium. But It looks as if it is going to fruit.
It hasn't fruited yet, and I think it has plenty of food, the agar is moist, so nutrients from the oatmeal will probably diffuse to the slime mold.
It looks like it is doing something like this:
It reaches up in the sky. And the next morning, I saw that it grew up along the sides searching for an exit trough the plastic foil.
I'm starting to look around to set up some time lapse rig.
This thing grows so fast. I've read about people calling it a pet, I thought that it was some way of speech like you have people having a 'pet rock' or a 'pet plant'. But it kind of actually is a pet, isn't it? At least the same pet level as a snail or something.
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