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Ms. Horne from Pleasant Hill CA is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Clean and Healthy Aquarium Systems

My students need supplies to clean aquariums and to purify water.

  • $203 goal

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My Students

Every day is Earth Day in my science classroom. We have saltwater aquarium systems and in addition to regular science classes, I teach an Aquatic Studies elective. Students care for a reef aquarium, coral propagation tank, jellyfish tank, clownfish and anemones, frogs, and culture plankton for live food. Middle school is the perfect time to involve students in environmental science!

As a magnet school, we serve students throughout the district, encompassing a wide range of home language, academic proficiency, and socioeconomic level.

We are also a full-inclusion school, so I teach all students including those with special needs, the gifted and English Language Learners. I teach a rigorous STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) curriculum constructed on a foundation of hands-on learning and real-world application. Aquarium study and care provide excellent applications of science concepts and principles of financial literacy, bringing relevant college and career prep experiences to my students.

My Project

Marine aquarium systems provide complex examples of dynamic natural cycles. Students can directly observe coral growth, coloration, polyp extension, and the cause and effect of nutrients and contaminants.

Keeping our reef tanks stable and the inhabitants healthy takes student observation, effort, problem solving, and supplies.

I am requesting an algae scraper and brushes to clean tank walls and rocks. The filter media set will be used in our reverse osmosis-deionization system to make our tap water safe for use in replacing evaporated water and mixing into saltwater. The nitrate test kit will allow students to measure and monitor levels of this chemical compound that affects the health and coloration of corals, as well as the growth of algae. Compressed air is needed to clear dust and salt particles from the housing of LED lighting. Lastly, with so many hands in our teaching tanks, contaminants can reduce the amount of beneficial bacteria available to process waste and can contribute to growth of nuisance algae. The bottled bacteria will boost the population and contribute to clean, healthy aquarium systems.

Ms. Horne
Grades 6-8
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
The AquaFX Barracuda Reverse Osmosis 10 inch Replacement Filters • Amazon Business $39.99 1 $39.99
Kent Marine pro-Scraper, 16-24-Inch • Amazon Business $24.19 1 $24.19
Dr Tim's Aquatics Natural Aquarium Products, Reef & Nano • Amazon Business $9.32 2 $18.64
Dust-Off Falcon Professional Electronics Compressed Air Duster, 12 oz, 3 Pack • Amazon Business $18.29 1 $18.29
API NITRATE 90-Test Freshwater and Saltwater Aquarium Water Test Kit • Amazon Business $10.49 1 $10.49
Versatile Cleaning Brush Home Kitchen Refrigerator Sink Bathroom Toilet Tile Can be used depending on the application - Set of 4 • Amazon Business $8.95 1 $8.95
Dr Tim's Aquatics Natural Aquarium Products, Reef & Nano • Amazon Business $4.04 2 $8.08

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