Microslides - storing your foraminifera
Kreativika cardboard slide, 32 holes
Kreativika cardboard slide, 4 holes
Krantz plastic cell, 1 hole
UKGE cardboard slide black, 1 hole
Krantz cardboard slide white, 2 holes
Microslides are commonly used to store microfossils such as foraminifera. The standard dimensions are 76 mm in length, 26 mm in width and 2 mm in depth. There are other dimensions but they will not fit into standard slabs or cases.Cardboard or Plastic ?
The material is either plastic in total or a cardboard base, an aluminum holder and a glass coverslide.
The microslides may have one or up to 4 holes to loosely store specimens. So called plummer cells have a grit with up to 64 single fields, where specimens need to be fixed.
for loose storage
Commonly cardboard slides are used as they are almost antistatic in contrast to the plastic cells.
Cardboard slides need to be well manufactured not leaving small clefts. Clefts between cardboard-layers at the bottom may cause small specimens below 200µm to vanish. Clefts between cardboard and glass may cause their loss. Among others Kreativika
provides very well manufactured cardboard-slides.
The problem with the plastic cells is that they generate static electricity though sometimes being described as antistatic. Specimens may jump off or cling to the cover. When opening the cell the clinged specimens are easily damaged or destroyed. Aspirating into the plastic cell or impregnating will help a little against static. Plastic cells are about 30% cheaper. They are available with one hole only.