Replying a week later, sorry.
Been working plans out in a little more detail with my family, I have a better idea of what other things my brothers and sisters would be interested in learning, and my Mom has a better idea of what all we'll need to do to get set up. She says thank you, btw!
It looks like we'll either try to breed them during my fall break (1 week) or during Christmas break (about 1 month), so it will probably be too cold outside for an outdoors set-up anyways. I think my summers have become far to unpredictable now for us to do it when school is out again...
I have been keeping an eye out for cheap second-hand tanks to use, but I haven't found much of anything yet. (There was an odd number of people giving away broken/cracked 90+ gallon tanks through craigslist in our area though
) I was wondering if one of the really big plastic storage bins could work for a grow-out tank or even to use all the way through the process? I haven't looked at their sizes in gallons yet, but the ones I looked at could probably fit me inside of them if I crouched. Is there anything about using a bin like this that would make things harder, that I'm just not thinking of?
This is a much longer post than I meant to type!
PS: @doggyhog- Yay, Homeschoolers! Lol