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Beautiful, I bet you were happy to get that! nice photo too.

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Thanks mate. I was very happy to get it, it`s always satisfying for me to get those super small ones.  I took the photo with a 150 power usb microscope. cheers

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Good job detecting that one

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Well done Dave.¬†ūüĎć Small gold has a beauty all of its own when you can get such great zoomed up detailed photo¬†of its character. Well done mate. They are the hardest ones to get for sure & you are damn good at it.

Good luck out there

JW :smile: 

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