The goal of this project is to show students from start to finish the process of setting up a saltwater tank and the inner working of a saltwater bio-filtration system. A secondary goal is for students to understand the extremely diverse ecosystems located so close together right in our county, and the relationships and behavior between such organisms.

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ACH- Saltwater Tank Setup

School:
Lakewood High School 
Subject:
Other 
Teacher:
rachel schalles 
Students Impacted:
132 
Grade:
9-12 
Date:
September 18, 2017

0% Funded

 

 

Only $1,000.00 Needed

 

Goal

The goal of this project is to show students from start to finish the process of setting up a saltwater tank and the inner working of a saltwater bio-filtration system. A secondary goal is for students to understand the extremely diverse ecosystems located so close together right in our county, and the relationships and behavior between such organisms.  

 

What will be done with my students

A water quality official from Busch Gardens is willing to come to our class and show students the step by step instruction and construction of a saltwater tank. The water quality specialist will then show students how to check water quality. After the set up of the tank I plan to take students on a multi-stop field trip to create a comprehensive field guide of the aquatic animals found in Florida's different aquatic ecosystems. Students will be allowed to collect specimens to care for in our tank and study behavior until summer when they will be released.  

 

Benefits to my students

My hope is that students will better understand the fragile ecosystems that surround us, and how easily they are impacted by human behavior. I also hope to show them that even within one county there are countless ecosystems, all with different organisms and different biotic relationships that are worth paying attention to and restoring their environment.  

 

Describe the Students

I would describe my students as medium/ high performers.  

 

Budget Narrative

The items listed are the basic components of a saltwater tank that we are projected to require. The tank itself with stand (a smaller tank could be used in order to stay in budget) , the filtration system, the "live" sand that harbors beneficial bacteria, aquarium salt that also harbors beneficial bacteria, live rock which will allow marine plants an anchoring spot, and lighting.  

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 100 gallon tank with stand $500.00
2 Saltwater bio filter $200.00
3 Aquarium sand $75.00
4 Aquarium salt $75.00
5 live rock $100.00
6 lighting $50.00
  Total: $1,000.00

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Only $1,000.00 Needed

 

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