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This must be done in the classroom, by teacher, aide or supervised children Should take no more than 60 seconds.
|Weekly||IF NECESSARY - This can be done by someone in the classroom or by a volunteer;
Should take no more than 5 minutes.
Clean front glass inside and out. (Once the tank is established, every two weeks is usually fine)
Plan for a volunteer to do this unless the teacher wants to learn to do it themselves
Should take about 1/2 hour, slightly less on small (10 gallon) tanks.
25% water change
By the same person who does bi-weekly maintenance.
Unless there are fry (babies) in the tank that you really want to raise, a tank of healthy, well fed fish and plants can easily go for a week to 10 days without food. With fry, we will have to make arrangements on a case-by-case basis for vacation periods.
Teachers can take tanks home.
Volunteer parents can take tanks home.
Tanks can be broken down and re-started next year. (fish and plants traded in to pet store.)
If a tank is not easily reproduced, we may be able to find volunteers to service it through the summer.
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