The school year holds many things to look forward to as we trudge along; back to school dance, Labor Day weekend, cross country, NYO, Halloween, haunted house fun, thanksgiving break, basketball season, Christmas and winter break. There is one other time of the school year that the students start asking about around September..."When are we getting the salmon?", "Are we getting salmon again this year?", "Are the salmon eggs here yet?" Well, the eggs arrived and the 10th graders have been caring for and monitoring the eggs since their arrival in Biology class each day. And on December 5th, we had our first alevin hatch from its cozy egg sac and squirm out into the gravel.
The fish tank is going to need some more routine maintenance before Christmas break. The hatching of the eggs produces a foamy film that is toxic to the young alevin if it isn't removed, so we will have to perform some water changes to keep maintain good water quality. We still may have some alevin that don't mature or die for other reasons and these will need to be removed (turkey baster style.)
The project will continue until the middle of May, when we have to wrap up the project and the school year in general. Look forward to more salmon posts to keep everyone updated on the progress of this awesome project and incredible learning experience for our students.