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10-24-2012 02:50 AM
acitydweller yeah, i was going to say, someone should get some discus for that tank
10-24-2012 02:49 AM
Originally Posted by acitydweller View Post
not too worried about that... i'd be more concerned about finding things that dont belong in an aquarium
In addition to things that might go missing from it too.

Man jellie, was that all scaped by the kids? I see the beginnings of planted tank gurus in your class. =D
10-24-2012 02:34 AM
acitydweller not too worried about that... i'd be more concerned about finding things that dont belong in an aquarium
10-23-2012 12:10 AM
sunyang730 Love this! LOL, I really want to built a planted tank for the school I work for, but it is a high school and we all know that there are kids that just don't want the shrimp or fish to live!
10-22-2012 11:55 PM
jellie I am SO behind with pictures. Still needs some tweaking but so far so good. I finally saw some diatoms today. Gonna start adding bugs and inverts over the next two weeks. Shoplight for now, Heartnet donated a long hood light but I have yet to figure out how to implement it XD


Joraan was kind enough to donate some lovely plants from his magic tanks that were just added:

10-13-2012 02:07 PM
Originally Posted by ryu1 View Post
The blog is great. Maybe someday I should start one when my son is in kindergarten, great way to interact with children.
Thank you And you should definitely consider it. It's a good way to sneak yourself into class to see how they run it, too. LoL

BTW!!! Does anyone have 22 transfer pipettes that I could pick up before Monday? OR know a place where I can find them? There are 22 kids in the class (EDIT: done)

I got a lot of nice algae samples yesterday at the BAS meeting (thank you!!!11!!!!1!)
Here are the samples collected thus far:
Mini pellia
U. gibba (also from aokashi)
Riccia (from sonicpath and acitydweller)

Fissidens fontanus
Java moss (from sonicpath)

Diatoms (from Ridgewood Aq)
Hair Algae (some also from ^)
Black beard algae
Fuzz Algae
Cyanobacteria (only to smell)

Giant duckweed (from acitydweller)
dwarf lettuce

Java fern
Anubia (from Heartnet)

Hygro tiger


I don't know whether to make them break into groups, each with a sample, or have them each at a 'station' where there would only be bladderworts, or only stems. And then gather then to talk about what they observed? Or just let them bring their books to each station and draw what they want?
10-12-2012 02:02 PM
ryu1 The blog is great. Maybe someday I should start one when my son is in kindergarten, great way to interact with children.
10-12-2012 01:18 PM
Originally Posted by aokashi View Post

Do you still need shrimp skin? My amano just shed his shell... it's pretty big

I've thrown it in a container of rubbing alcohol. :P just incase you want it
YES!!! Please I just pulled a molt out of my tank too but it's tiny. Rubbing Alcohol is a good idea? I wondered how to preserve it. Thanks for the brightening, lol. I'll get better pics today, haha.

And furnfins: that's AWESOME!!!!!!!! That makes me so happy. I do just want to say that if you have mutliple tank syndrome, this is a GOOD way to get it out of your system, lol.

The other Kindergarten classroom has already asked me to build their tank. They have an empty 10gallon, and the teacher plans to ask the parents for funds since I used all the supplies for this tank.

Cokers: so much for the educator being educated. >.< You should go back and tell her a thing or two.

Monster Fish: It's 13" high. I couldn't fit ptr's big sword nor one of MeowKitty's big sag.subulatas, lol.

I was at Ridgewood Aquarium yesterday, the ADA store in NJ, and the owner was so nice. I only bought a timer for this tank, but I walked out with algae samples :p , a magazine for the kids to peruse, and an ADA book. And talking to him, we learned that he and his co-owner both grew up in Ridgewood, so they're giving back to their community. I love those kinds of people. They also had a picture another Kindergarten class, to whom they'd donated a betta. I love it!

And I started a tank journal for the kids, so they can track progression over the year:
(link removed)
I'll be removing this link after a few days, but you can still PM me for it if interested. This thread gets the more candid updates tho.
10-12-2012 10:35 AM
furnfins The tank looks great! did you know that B.A.S. just got a check towards putting a tank into a classroom. I think they might have started already. They want to have tanks in all the schools eventually. A brooklyn councilman came to that last meeting and present the president of the club with a $1500 check to get started. That would be so wonderful for all the kids.
10-12-2012 05:13 AM

Do you still need shrimp skin? My amano just shed his shell... it's pretty big

I've thrown it in a container of rubbing alcohol. :P just incase you want it
10-12-2012 04:36 AM
Cokers I sure with I had this kind of fish tank in my classrooms...
Would you believe it, a teacher in my middleschool actually thought a 2.5 gallon tank (those very fake cheapy ones with all sorts of ornaments in them) with 5 feeder goldfish was a presentable tank!
Of course, she wasn't even my teacher, so I didn't tell her off. Looking at this, those kids sure are lucky....
10-12-2012 01:51 AM
Monster Fish Man... my crypts still look huge in that tank. How tall is the 20L?
10-12-2012 01:38 AM
Originally Posted by aokashi View Post
brightened it up a bit looks good!
Magicked !
10-12-2012 01:35 AM
aokashi brightened it up a bit looks good!
10-12-2012 01:26 AM
Originally Posted by aokashi View Post
I want to see the dark planted pic anyway!
Oh, yea? Here are the best of the lot:
(don't mind the floating driftwood, it refuses to sink, lol)

acitydweller: I hope you're teaching your little H! XD Our kids will be experts. You should make her classroom a tank too.

Lowe: you are too kind but I feel bad asking people to ship. I'm sure there's a classroom in your area that would LOVE your contributions. Thank you so much!!!

SpecGrrl: me too
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