School Room Build

Aqua Hands

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So, recently I have been put in charge of a school room build. It will be a 10 gallon build and I need ideas on possible build ideas. Go crazy.
 

kallililly1973

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Your limited to stocking ideas with a 10. I would ask if they would allow at least a 20 long then you could do a scoop of Cory cats a school of tetras and a couple honey GouramI or something along those lines
 

CaptainAquatics

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Aqua Hands

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kallililly1973 said:
Your limited to stocking ideas with a 10. I would ask if they would allow at least a 20 long then you could do a scoop of Cory cats a school of tetras and a couple honey GouramI or something along those lines
I think the only reason it's a 10 gallon is due to it being donated. I will look into the idea.
 

saltwater60

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I agree on trying to upsize the tank. Otherwise your pretty limited. If just a 10 gallon I’d do it planted with a few small fish, and a bunch of shrimp and snails.
 
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Aqua Hands

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CaptainAquatics said:
Do a group of three pea puffers!
I was also thinking of that idea. I feel this is going to be more of a novelty tank than a professional aquascape.
 

saltwater60

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I’m su
Aqua Hands said:
I think the only reason it's a 10 gallon is due to it being donated. I will look into the idea.
I’m sure you could get a local fish store to donate you a larger tank if you advertise for them.
 
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Aqua Hands

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saltwater60 said:
I agree on trying to upsize the tank. Otherwise your pretty limited. If just a 10 gallon I’d do it planted with a few small fish, and a bunch of shrimp and snails.
Maybe Dwarf Shrimp with SPF Shrimp? I know the SPF shrimp are recommended for a 20 But I've always kept them in a 10g.

saltwater60 said:
I’m su
I’m sure you could get a local fish store to donate you a larger tank if you advertise for them.
I'll probably just buy the tank to be straight forward.
 

Sorg67

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What is the context of the tank? Is it related to a science class? Is there a learning objective?

How will the tank be maintained? Will the kids be responsible for the maintenance? Will you maintain it? Who will do the feeding? How will the tank be cared for on holiday breaks?

It would seem that the maintenance characteristics might drive stocking and tank design. Perhaps it can be left alone over weekends and most holidays. Somebody may need to do something over Christmas. There would definitely be some needs over the summer.

If there is a science learning objective then it would be nice to develop the stocking in association with the learning objective. Maybe some kind of heavily planted nano tank with shrimp, snails and some tiny nano fish. Maybe recruit a science teacher to help you with maintenance and coordination with learning objectives. Maybe get the kids involved. Perhaps you could come up with a few ideas and then have the kids vote. Or maybe get a fish club going and have this tank be the first fish club project.
 
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Aqua Hands

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Sorg67 said:
What is the context of the tank? Is it related to a science class? Is there a learning objective?

How will the tank be maintained? Will the kids be responsible for the maintenance? Will you maintain it? Who will do the feeding? How will the tank be cared for on holiday breaks?

It would seem that the maintenance characteristics might drive stocking and tank design. Perhaps it can be left alone over weekends and most holidays. Somebody may need to do something over Christmas. There would definitely be some needs over the summer.

If there is a science learning objective then it would be nice to develop the stocking in association with the learning objective. Maybe some kind of heavily planted nano tank with shrimp, snails and some tiny nano fish. Maybe recruit a science teacher to help you with maintenance and coordination with learning objectives. Maybe get the kids involved. Perhaps you could come up with a few ideas and then have the kids vote. Or maybe get a fish club going and have this tank be the first fish club project.
I or the Teacher will take the fish home if I feel comfortable with their capabilities by summer. I will be taking care of them and they said they will have a janitor feed the fish over winter break. Someones always in the school so that is not a problem. I will be taking care of the fish and I am very capable of taking care of a freshwater tank.
 

Sorg67

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Aqua Hands said:
I or the Teacher will take the fish home if I feel comfortable with their capabilities by summer. I will be taking care of them and they said they will have a janitor feed the fish over winter break. Someones always in the school so that is not a problem. I will be taking care of the fish and I am very capable of taking care of a freshwater tank.
I did not mean to suggest that you were not capable of taking care of the tank.

I have been thinking of sponsoring an aquarium project at a local school. So I have given these issues some thought.

My idea has been to get the kids involved and give them responsibility for caring for the tank. I think it would be a good learning opportunity. Also a responsibility growth opportunity.

It seems also an opportunity to coordinate with science classes for learning about aquatic eco-systems.
 

coralbandit

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I'll send you a pair of rams if you want ..
 
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Aqua Hands

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coralbandit said:
I'll send you a pair of rams if you want ..
We don't have it set up yet but the teacher would love to take them! Its turned into a school color fish tank (Blue/Gold) So its perfect! Would you be able to hold them until then?

Sorg67 said:
I did not mean to suggest that you were not capable of taking care of the tank.

I have been thinking of sponsoring an aquarium project at a local school. So I have given these issues some thought.

My idea has been to get the kids involved and give them responsibility for caring for the tank. I think it would be a good learning opportunity. Also a responsibility growth opportunity.

It seems also an opportunity to coordinate with science classes for learning about aquatic eco-systems.
NO NO No, you're completely fine. I was just letting you know that it would be okay for the fish. Thank you and I agree! You should try to sponsor a local school fish tank!
 

coralbandit

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Aqua Hands said:
We don't have it set up yet but the teacher would love to take them! Its turned into a school color fish tank (Blue/Gold) So its perfect! Would you be able to hold them until then?
You're good to go !
Just say when and I will send you a nice pair of GBR..I have a lot of gold rams also if you or the school prefer gold ?
I lokk forward to hooking you and your school up .
I love doing stuff like this !
 

coralbandit

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Sorg67 said:
My idea has been to get the kids involved and give them responsibility for caring for the tank. I think it would be a good learning opportunity. Also a responsibility growth opportunity.

It seems also an opportunity to coordinate with science classes for learning about aquatic eco-systems.
Any time I hear of a school or organization looking for donations I offer up ..
You have asked on threads what to do with all the fish .
I can think of few ways better and have made some good friends doing this !
I like the way you think !
 

Sorg67

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coralbandit said:
Any time I hear of a school or organization looking for donations I offer up ..
You have asked on threads what to do with all the fish .
I can think of few ways better and have made some good friends doing this !
I like the way you think !
Yes, great suggestion. Thanks!
 

Canacullus

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Aqua Hands

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aquanerd14 said:
How often will water changes be done?
Honestly? Daily? I'm the one doing them. So the longest it will go is sat. Sun. then ill do one monday.

coralbandit said:
You're good to go !
Just say when and I will send you a nice pair of GBR..I have a lot of gold rams also if you or the school prefer gold ?
I lokk forward to hooking you and your school up .
I love doing stuff like this !
Honestly, I always perfered the blue over the gold and we'll need something to pop out so blue would be preferred :)
 

saltwater60

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I’d watch having the janitor feed them just to be sure they are not being over fed. People have a tendency to do that. Of course not me??!!??!!
 

coralbandit

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They could easily fast over the weekend ...
I agree not to have others involved when not needed ...
 

Canacullus

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I am not all trusting of other people in general, especially with my pets. I wouldn't let him do it if I was you. What size tank?
 

saltwater60

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coralbandit said:
They could easily fast over the weekend ...
I agree not to have others involved when not needed ...
I think the trouble is longer breaks over the holidays.
 

Canacullus

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Are you still able to access your classroom? If so, you should be fine. You just have to dial in an automatic feeder just right and then do weekly WCs.
 
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Aqua Hands

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saltwater60 said:
I’d watch having the janitor feed them just to be sure they are not being over fed. People have a tendency to do that. Of course not me??!!??!!
I will be the only one feeding them. They can easily fast.
coralbandit said:
They could easily fast over the weekend ...
I agree not to have others involved when not needed ...
Agreed (also, would you dm me about the GBR We are ready after break and they will be at my house until then.)
 
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Aqua Hands

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aquanerd14 said:
Are you still able to access your classroom? If so, you should be fine. You just have to dial in an automatic feeder just right and then do weekly WCs.
we will be doing 25% WC every 3 days atleast. I will be the only one touching the tanks basically.
 

erinw347

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saltwater60 said:
I agree on trying to upsize the tank. Otherwise your pretty limited. If just a 10 gallon I’d do it planted with a few small fish, and a bunch of shrimp and snails.
You could keep the 10 gallon and just do a betta too. Or maybe livebearers.
 

coralbandit

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Pm sent ..
Pretty sure OP is going to hopefully enjoy GBR in the 10 gallon ..;)
 
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Aqua Hands

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coralbandit said:
Pm sent ..
Pretty sure OP is going to hopefully enjoy GBR in the 10 gallon ..;)
Yessir!
 
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Aqua Hands

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Weekly report- Unheated tanks are no longer an option as heat of the tank reached a nasty 72 F
 

coralbandit

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Get that temp up !
Hoping to get fish out tomorrow Express.
In the middle /hopefully tail end of a 20+ inch snow storm .
Most flights cancelled so not taking boxes out today ..
 
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Aqua Hands

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coralbandit said:
Get that temp up !
Hoping to get fish out tomorrow Express.
In the middle /hopefully tail end of a 20+ inch snow storm .
Most flights cancelled so not taking boxes out today ..
We got a heater last night for the school room! Just in time for the fish!
 
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Aqua Hands

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Update we now have a 37g, another 10 gallon and 2 2.5 360 degree tank.
 

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