A miniature underwater world situated in a quiet corner of the classroom can do wonders for young children. Not only is it a relaxing feature, but it is also fun and highly educational too.
Many of us will be familiar with caring for classroom pets such as gerbils and hamsters, and whilst they are undeniably cute and cuddly, an aquarium full of vibrant fish and luxuriant underwater plant life provides much more enrichment and scope for learning. An aquarium will also impart a tranquil atmosphere to the classroom, something which is surely conducive to those studying. Aquarium fish will not need relocating over the school holidays as would other pets, as automatic feeders and holiday feeding blocks are available. Not to mention, it has been known for teachers and pupils alike to become so fascinated by the tank, that they take it in turns to pop in over the holidays to check up on their fishy friends!
We would encourage any school teachers that are looking at treating their class to a pet, to consider fish, and here are a few reasons why:
Are you a teacher or parent and know of a school who would LOVE to have an aquarium in their classroom? We have designed an exciting initiative to introduce children to fishkeeping, with eight lessons taking them through the fishkeeping journey - Fishkeeper Fry!
Contact the Maidenhead Aquatics team on [email protected] for more information and to register your school's interest.
Old favourites tend to be in the hobby for a long time with good reason, usually, it’s because they combine a lot of desirable traits. The metallic form of the Gold barb (Barbodes semifasciolatus) makes an excellent aquarium fish suitable for both tropical and temperate (unheated) setups. These young fishes at our Pyle store are a perfect beginner’s choice.
It’s that time of year when the heating goes back on, and this is something that many of us have in common with our pets. To ensure they remain healthy, it’s important to know that your aquarium heater is working properly and is set to the right temperature for the fishes you keep.