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NFC: Re: [Conservationkids] update on Adopt-A-Tank in public library
Yes to all my articles for use on ANY Adopt A Tank project....and YES to
pens when I get em I'll forward you some ...Thank You for all your
On Thu, 18 Nov 1999 22:23:08 EST CEFCHURCH at aol_com writes:
> Conservation Kids - http://www.nativefish.org
> Early last summer, we (Bill Flowers and I) set up a native fish
> aquarium at
> an inner city library branch. I started off by getting a new
> aquarium set up
> donated by the owner of a local pet store chain, Uncle Bill's.
> One of my first concerns was to put it somewhere safe from damage.
> library branch manager acquired an old oak card catalog from storage
> and it
> has worked out great. It is sturdy and puts the bottom of the
> aquarium about
> four and a half feet above the floor.
> Bill and I have both donated native fish; Bill also donated plants,
> slate and
> driftwood. I try to go there about once a week and do a water
> change and
> algae clean up.
> It has been a big hit. I was able to position it in front of the
> check out
> desk where the staff can keep an eye on it and patrons standing in
> line can
> enjoy it while waiting.
> The staff reports lots of positive comments and there is usually
> standing there watching the fish.
> A couple of things I have learned that might help others:
> I was lucky to find a full time staff person with aquarium
> experience who has
> willingly taken responsibility for the feeding schedule. I think
> this person
> is key in having a successful set up.
> We had some fish casualties. I found that others are very sensitive
> losing fish. I also discovered while I have no problem sticking my
> hand in
> an aquarium to clean and remove deceased occupants, not everyone
> else is.
> We also keep the aquarium buckets, chemicals, nets, etc., in one
> We also clearly marked the buckets "For Aquarium Use Only" so
> someone would
> not use them for other cleaning purposes and accidentally
> contaminate the
> clean water only buckets.
> A thing I have not done yet is get proper signage posted. With
> Robert Rice's
> permission, I would like to reprint and post some of his articles.
> I'm also wondering if I could have a few NFC pens to give to the
> library for
> use in their children's program.
> Chuck Church
> Indianapolis, Indiana USA
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