Aquarium Reserch Paper

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Aquarium Research Paper

Abstract:

Fresh water tanks are the most common aquariums in houses and schools, many times people that have had a fresh water aquarium move on into a challenge by having a salt water aquarium. Fresh and salt water aquariums have something in common, they teach you how salt and fresh water fishes live and how they interact with other organisms. While taking care of a salt and a fresh water tank in this experiment my data showed that taking care of a salt water tank was definitely more challenging, but while it was more challenging it was also more educational since it provided a small look at what life in the ocean was like. The main idea behind this experiment was to see which aquarium would be the hardest to take care of (Salt water) and which aquarium would demonstrate a quicker population growth through the mating of the fishes, but no evidence was ever gather from that because neither fishes in those aquariums ever had an offspring. After that a better question followed the experiment: Which aquarium can explain the way fishes interact in their normal habitat? While both aquariums showed how fishes acted, the salt water tank in many ways showed a better image of what life was like in the ocean unlike the fresh water tank that didn’t quite gave an image at all.

Purpose:
The purpose of this experiment was to educate students about how fishes live and interact like in their normal habitats (ocean or lakes) and what it takes for an aquarium to get to the level of the fish normal ecosystem (A community of organisms and their environment.) Also the purpose of this lab was to understand how temperature, PH, nitrate, dissolved oxygen, anomia and salinity levels affect fish behaviors and their life span.

Background information & Bibliography:
Salt water Fish Backgrounds:

Chocolate Chip Starfish (Protoreastor nodosus):
Diet: Flake, Pellet, or Meaty.
Origin: Indian Ocean.
Temperature: 72 – 78º F
pH 8.1-8.4
Salinity levels: 1.020 – 1.024

Clownfish (Amphiprion ocellaris):
Origin: Indo-Pacific
Temperature: 72 - 78°F
pH: 8.1 – 8.4
Salinity levels: 1.020 – 1.024
Diet: Pellet, Flake

Emerald Crab (Mithraculus sculptus):
Diet: Algae, Flake, or Algae Sheets
Origin: Caribbean
Temperature: 72-78° F
Salinity: 1.023 – 1.025
pH: 8.1 – 8.4

Three-Striped Damsel (Dascyllus aruanus)
Diet: Flake, Pellet
Native: Fiji
Temperature: 72 - 78°F
Salinity Level:1.020-1.026
pH 8.1-8.4

Yellowtail Blue Damsel (Chrysiptera parasema)
Diet: Pellet, Flake, Brine
Origin: Indian Ocean
Temperature: 72-78° F
Salinity: 1.020-1.025
pH 8.1-8.4,

Firefish goby (Nemateleotris magnifica)
Diet: Pellet, Flake, Brine
Origin: Indian Ocean
Temperature: 72-78°F
Salinity: 1.020-1.025
pH 8.1-8.3

Red-legged Hermit crab:
Temperature: 72-78° F
pH 8.1-8.4
Salinity: 1.023-1.025
Origin: Caribbean, Indonesia

Fresh water fish:

Goldfish (Carassius auratus auratus)
Temperature: 65-75° F
pH 6.5-7.5
Diet: Omnivore
Origin: Asia, China, Japan

Black Moor Goldfish (Carassius auratus)
Native To: Asia
Diet: Omnivore
Temperature: 64° - 75°F
Tank Size: Pond/ 30+ gallons

Sources: petco.com & saltwaterfish.com
Hypothesis:
I think that because of what we have learned through the class and what we already know about fishes, a salt water aquarium will definitely be more challenging than a fresh water aquarium and also the salt water aquarium will be a more educational aquarium and the closest one to showing us what the real habitat looks like.

Materials:
Live organisms:
2 Three-Striped Damsels, Clownfish, 2 Live Rocks, 2 Chocolate chip starfish, 2 Blue Damsel, 2 Firefish goby, 3 red-legged Hermit crab, Nassarius Snail, Emerald crab, Orange crab, purple starfish, and 2 clam. Fresh water: Goldfishes, plants, gravel, and decorations.

Aquarium: Marine Sea Salt (salt water only), water, aquarium, filter, rocks, crushed coral, decorations, thermometer, air stone, and air...
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