Have your students create a warm and exciting classroom atmosphere by setting up an Aquatic Ecosystem Model in your room! In this lesson, they will learn the fundamentals of how a planted aquarium runs and why each type of plant and animal is chosen for this research project.
This is suitable for 6-10th grades. Specifically designed for Earth Science/Ecology classes. Begins a course-long research project.
Materials: empty fish tanks, air pump, air hose, sponge filters, window sill, aquarium gravel or planted tank substrate, live aquatic plants, guppies, cherry shrimp, small algae eaters and/or freshwater pond snails, automatic feeder, tank top
**Most items can be found cheaply at Thrift shops, garage sales or donated. Live plants are best purchased from eBay sellers or online stores. (look for 'beginner' level plant species), cherry shrimp and ramshorn snails also come from ebay, Guppies and algae eaters are low priced fish from local pet stores.
Look for my free lesson/article on how to set up a AEM that is low maintenance, inexpensive, educational and will continue for many years without further expense!