Can you identify what type of organisms are living in this?

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In summary, there was a photo in the Chemistry subreddit that sparked a debate about whether the growths shown were molds or algae. Some comments suggested they were algae, while others mentioned the possibility of bacterial growth. It was noted that there are various species of fungus and algae that can produce different colors. Further examination under a microscope is needed to determine the exact nature of the growths.
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I saw this photo in the Chemistry sub reddit in reddit. This photo looked cool, but the caption said that these were molds. But I some comments telling that these were algae and I too think that they are more likely to be algae. But I wanna know what you guys think about this. Please comment.
 
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Summary: I saw this photo in the Chemistry sub reddit in reddit. This photo looked cool, but the caption said that these were molds. But I some comments telling that these were algae and I too think that they are more likely to be algae. But I want to know what you guys think about this. Please comment.


I had the same issue with a distillation unit, it could be mould/fungus as the spores are in the air if its completely sealed it could be something else.
Black is usually something like Aspergillus sp Blue/Green Penicillin sp White Mucorales but there are lots of species of fungus that produce all sorts of colours.
 
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Looks like a plethora of different growth. The green is almost certainly an algae. The red may also be an algae. the brown towards the bottom hints at bacterial growth. Towards the top of the apparatus, it looks like mixed colonies. From a photo, of course, we can only make approximations here. Looking under a microscope may prove different; also I expect you will find a multitude of microbial diversity. Interesting photo!
 
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Looks like a plethora of different growth. The green is almost certainly an algae. The red may also be an algae. the brown towards the bottom hints at bacterial growth. Towards the top of the apparatus, it looks like mixed colonies. From a photo, of course, we can only make approximations here. Looking under a microscope may prove different; also I expect you will find a multitude of microbial diversity. Interesting photo!
Yeah cultures required
 

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