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Can dipslides be kept in the fridge to improve shelf life?

Our dipslides should not be kept in a fridge, they should be stored at room temperature (approx 20°C - 68°F).

What are the dimensions of each dipslide when it is inside its tube?

The tubes are approx 3cm wide and 9.5cm high (11cm if you include the dipslide handle).

I use dipslides from a different supplier. How can I work out which of your slides is best to use?

We have made a list of dipslides (that you can view at https://dip-slides.com/content/10-dipslide-comparison) which has our recommended slide for each product that you may already be using.

If your slide isn't listed, please feel free to contact us and we will be able to help assist you with this.

Can I purchase the dipslide vials / tubes separately?

Unfortunately, this isn't a service that we offer at the moment.

What is the surface area of the agar pads?

Approx 4.7 cm x 2 cm.

I require an agar that isn't on your 'Create your own' section, what can I do?

This isn't a problem. If you send us an email and let us know which agar you require or if you require a specific formulation of an agar already listed (e.g with added supplements), we will get back to you with a quote. Most likely, we will be able to arrange for any agar that you require to be applied to our dipslides.

Why are there large minimum order volumes for some dipslides?

Some dipslides are more popular than others. The dipslides that are ordered often are produced on a regular basis to keep up with demand and are almost always in stock. 'Specials' or dipslides that aren't ordered as often are made to order and require a production run. The minimum production run numbers are usually 150 - 200 boxes. As these dipslides are made to order, a longer shelf life is guaranteed.

Can your dipslides be used for air sampling?

Air sampling for fungi / mould is a common practice. It is often performed by using open agar plates and exposing them to the air for a period of time. Dipslides can be used in a very similar way. To do this, you would remove the dipslide from its tube, turn it upside down and place the upside down cap within the dipslide tube. The cap should slot in easily within the tube. You can then expose the slide to the air for a specific amount of time, usually 15 minutes and then the dipslide can be replaced back within its tube and incubated.

Our SAB DEX Dipslide is suitable for air sampling and will support growth / detect a large variety of fungal spores / colonies. You can purchase our SAB DEX Dipslide here: Buy SAB DEX

What is the lowest CFU that your dipslides can detect?

500 per ml is the lowest reliable level. Below this 'experimental error' plays an increasingly large part.

Do your Cooling Water dipslides test for legionella?

Our cooling water dipslides are not a legionella specific test. These dipslides test the general health of a sample. If the dipslides show the sample to be highly contaminated this means that the potential for legionella to be present or thrive is greater.  An environment with high bacterial growth could be a perfect breeding ground for legionella. The presence of other organisms can support legionella by producing the organic nutrients that it needs to thrive. Our dipslides will indicate to you whether you have a high bacterial count. The HSE recommend weekly dipslide tests. You can read more information in our Legionella blog post or on our Cooling Water dipslides page.

What is the correct procedure for disposal of dipslides?

Used slides should be incinerated, autoclaved or soaked in disinfectant for several hours before disposal.