We are over halfway through the programme now with week 5 being completed by most schools last week. Schools are continuing to send their excellent work to us and show off their Fishkeepers of the Week.
Figure 1: Bratton Primary School pupil adding their new fish to the tank
Our young fishkeepers have been excitedly adding their new Harlequin Rasboras to their aquariums this week. Six Harlequin Rasboras were added to their growing tanks.
Figure 2: Handmade tank by a pupil at Eversholt Lower School
Pupils undertook the important task of naming their new Harlequin Rasboras. A few of our favourites include Chippy, Seaweed, Biff, Gerald, Fred, and Kate.
Figure 3: Lanesend Primary school pupils learning how to use the gravel cleaner
Tappers has been teaching pupils how to carry out a water change and how to clean the gravel in their aquariums. He went through why it’s important to change the water in an aquarium even though the water may look clear.
Figure 4: St Paul's Catholic Primary School pupils with their new fish
Schools learnt about the different types of water in previous weeks including Reverse (RO) water. Pupils were supplied with RO water from their store to add to their aquariums. Some schools chose to use tap water treated with the conditioner to refill their tanks.
Figure 5: St Peter's Catholic Primary School pupil Ophelia testing the water in the aquarium
Tappers explained to pupils about why fish swim at different levels in the aquarium. Some schools have observed these goings on in their tank and wondered why fish interact in different ways with the different species and why they stick to different parts of the tank.
Figure 6:The Round House Academy pupils cleaning the filter
Schools have been doing a great job remembering to test the water every week. A few schools, unfortunately, had to delay a week due to the levels not being quite right. Pupils found it hard having to wait an extra week before they could meet their new fish but they understood the importance of waiting.
Figure 7: Thornton Primary School held a 'design your own aquarium' competition and these are the winners
The all-important task of awarding Fishkeeper of the Week was also carried out by teachers. Some of the ways in which pupils earned the title were by being the most helpful member of the class, completing some amazing artwork, creating fact books and doing their best to keep their fish safe.
Figure 8: Westende Junior School pupil May is Fishkeeper of the Week
Figure 9: Wormholt Primary School pupils Amin and Abed are Fishkeepers of the Week
Once Fishkeeper Fry 2022 is over, schools are given the option to keep their fish tank and livestock for free. Fish tanks are proven to reduce stress and create a calming atmosphere in the classroom which is why we encourage schools to keep their aquariums.
Figure 10: The Sheiling School Ringwood pupils visiting the store
Keep a lookout for next week’s article and which fish schools will be adding to their aquarium.
School's out for summer and we have some great ideas for fishy fun, in-store and out, to keep the kids occupied during the long summer holidays. Our stores are also teeming with some fantastic pond plants that are starting to show off their stunning flowers - perfect for adding some late summer colour, attracting wildlife and helping to eradicate unwanted algae.
Occasional use of an Activa Block is a fantastic way to give your aquarium water a polish and remove any chemical residues without having to faff about placing it within your filter. It can be added or removed in seconds, making it easy to use in rotation with any additives that you don’t want taken out of your aquarium water, and it’s a great back up for those rare but stressful occasions where unusual measures are needed.