Stocking a Classroom Tank. Suggestions?
My grandmother is a 3rd grade teacher and pinned the duty of stocking (and taking care of) a 15 gallon fish tank on me. I, of course, don't mind =P
And oh hey, this is my first post here. So hello all =D
I'm looking for:
- Active < Colorful
- A variety
- Some kind of clean up crew.
- Fish that don't mind quite a bit of noise during the day.
I have a cycled, filtered and heated 15 gallon with plenty of hiding spots and a few of those cheesy neon colored plastic plants.
Any suggestions? =)
Welcome to TFK!!!
Welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping!:-D
LasColinasCichlids brings up a very good point. It is not recomended that you plan the water around the fish (like with pH buffers etc), but that you plan the fish around your water.
Do you have a pH test kit? I recomend API liquid test kits. You can get a pH test kit for under $7 at Walmart, and it would be worth it to have fish that are happy, healthy, and at their peak coloration.
If testing will not be possible, prehaps we could come up with a (somewhat small) list of fish that will do fine from a pH of 6.2-8.
We would love to help you out with the classroom fish tank, or any fish tanks you personally have/want to have. If you have any questions, feel free to ask them here!:-)
Get some Platys!
If you do know your pH, it will unlock alot more possibilities than just live-bearers. pH is a good thing to know.
If you decide on live-bearers, why don't you make a stocking list on here and we can help make sure it isn't overstocked? Otherwise, we can help you figure out fish to match your pH and help you with other stocking later on.:-)
I actually work in a school district and have seen 1 or 2 class room tanks, and for the little guys your best bet is to just go with 1 really hardy fish. First 1 fish is alot easier to hold the kids attention and since they will be naming the fish they wont mix up who is who (big no no in the third grade social structure), and also when the teacher refers to the tank they will say its "Nemo's" tank or what ever they name it instead of calling it the fish tank.
I wouldn't go with any special colored live bearer because there is a good chance some time through the year something the kids do might kill the fish, so you need to be able to run to the local pet store and know they will have that color in stock so the kids never know the difference when grandma walks in in the morning and finds the fish belly up. (Third grade is really not a good time to start teaching about death)
As for fish selection I have seen a platy in one tank and a Siamese algae eater(SAE) in another and I seemed to think the SAE did the best being handled by the kids and all. Of course the SAE wont meet your criteria for colorful.
I've been waiting to see what others post here... I totally agree with Zof. Also if you put a few fish in there and you get a "bully", it's not the same as the playground, you get death and very upset kids. They can be very sensitive. While you want a learning experience you wouldn't want it to happen from a bully. Even with a pair that might mate like Mollies and Swords, the male can and will pester and can be too much for one female causing her to hide or die.
Find one good repeatable fish. lol. (hmmmm reminds me of the story of my daughter's blue budgie...)
Good idea guys! Nothing wrong with understocking a tank!:-)
If we are doing a solo fish, has a betta been considered?
Or in a 15 gallon, what about some threadfin rainbows? Or sparkling gourami? (Assuming pH is a fit, 6 of those would fit safely in a 15 gallon.)
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