Finally bit the bullet and did my very first fecal. Followed the Karen Christensen link on doing fecals in 101. Very fresh stool, caught it just as it was defecated. Used a sugar solution with a little formaldehyde added (hey, I had some around LOL and thats what it said to do in the parasite book). Mashed, shook and diluted the stool in a 1/4 cup of fecal solution. Strained thru a tiny strainer I bought just for this purpose. Used a red top tube with the top off, filled it until there was a meniscus, then put a cover slide on it. Waited 15 min or so, then popped it on a slide and went hunting. Major amount of plant material on the slide. And a gazillion bubbles. Very few things I could identify as worm eggs or oocytes from all the pics in the book or online. Which makes me wonder what I'm missing. The strained solution was very dark, and I couldnt see through the tube. Is this normal, or does it mean my strainer isnt good enough and I should put some double cheesecloth or something similar in it next time? The pics online and in the books dont have anywhere near the amount of trash in the slides as I did, which makes me think I'm not straining enough. Is 15 mins enough to float them? Or should I wait longer? My sugar solution got a bit super saturated. It really thick, like syrup, but it did clear up when I let it stand. Theres a bit of sugar on the bottom. Should I add a bit more water slowly until that disolves, or is it OK as is? Yesterday I wormed everybody with cydectin and started my corid on the babies as it was 20 days since the last round. I expected to see a lot more eggs than i did, figuring it takes a couple of days to really get the counts down. Is this right, or does it work faster than I expected? I'd love to take some pics when I get this better and post them as I'm really not sure what I was seeing even with the book open next to me. How do you get those neat pics? Is it as simple and putting the camera lens right up to the focused in eyepiece? I swear I'm crosseyed now after messing with this I appreciate any tips or corrections, as I really am not sure what I may be doing wrong.