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post #21 of 44 (permalink) Old 08-29-2010, 01:25 PM
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Maybe I missed it but what is the point of this? I don't think we ever did anything like that when I was at school, which was sometime ago lol so I'm a little confused haha

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post #22 of 44 (permalink) Old 08-29-2010, 03:26 PM Thread Starter
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I think to make a "self sustained or self sufficient" environment so you don't have to feed the fish or clean the water.

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ah. i had to do that once, in second grade. just get lots of plants. i'm not sure how the fish will live. what are they gonna eat? try to sneak them some food ;)
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I had to do this I just remembered.. even dug out the paper.

Found out I packed the jar FULLLLL of plants, added some cheap fish and for the most part the goldfish ate organisms on the plants. Not gonna lie I sneaked them some food if I remember correctly. It was a lot of fun but it was hard!

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Yeah, it might work for a while with snails or shrimp but I dont see it working with fish :( How long do you have too keep the fish in there? I actually had a friend a few years back who's mom had an Ecospehere. Dont know if he still has it but when I saw it he told me he had it for a few months. and there were little shrimp inside it. it was pretty neat.

http://www.eco-sphere.com/index.html
http://www.treehugger.com/files/2004/11/ecospheres.php

According to their website most have a lifespan of about 2 years but some have been known to last up to 7 years!

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He said it has to last all semester, which means until January! AH! Okay definetly will do tons of plants, and add probably 2 snails I'm thinking (they are baby size). I really appreciate all the help, if you keep thinking of stuff I would love to hear it! Thanks for the links too, I'll be doing all the research I can!

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Do you HAVE to add fish? No way that will last to January with fish. Fish are big poopers :( Does your teacher have any success stories?
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post #28 of 44 (permalink) Old 08-29-2010, 10:02 PM
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There's a glass 2gal jar with lid at Walmart for $12 I think.
It's in the cookware section where the pitchers are.
Good luck with your project.
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I'm guessing he doesn't.. just one of those teachers who thinks of something, doesn't try it (or tries and fails) then expects kids to do it. -.-

OMG I want an ecosphere!

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I think if you get 2-3 snails, and they reproduce, the eggs will be perfect food. =)

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