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    Tech info needed for elementary school lesson

    Hi,

    I am doing a lesson on balanced ecosystems with a 3rd grade class.

    I know the basics but was hoping to speak on the phone with someone very knowledgeable on the science to make sure what I know is accurate and to add some more content.

    Is anyone up for helping?

    Thanks!

    Christy

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    Has anyone jumped on this?

    I feel like there are people more qualified than me, but if not, I can provide information if we have a dialogue about what sort of parameters you are interested in defining.

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    I would recommend to watch Dennis Wong video on youtube, he explained the important balance of light, CO2 (aeration), fertilizer for plants. Hes quite famous among high tech planted tank hobbyist. Or if you like reading better then Tom Barr is one of them.

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    I wish I was closer, I would totally jump on this/
    There is no reason not to learn anything.

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    Not yet. That would be great.

    I will message you. Thanks.

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    I am doing low tech walstad type to show them the balanced ecosystem cycle of decomposing urine and waste becoming food for plants and plants cleaning water for fish... etc.

    I will look at the video and see if it helps though. The lesson is more about what happens in the wild than how to set up a good tank.

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    Hi,

    I would love to talk to you on the phone if you are willing. I will message you. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by joethecinbeng View Post
    I would recommend to watch Dennis Wong video on youtube, he explained the important balance of light, CO2 (aeration), fertilizer for plants. Hes quite famous among high tech planted tank hobbyist. Or if you like reading better then Tom Barr is one of them.
    Okay!!! Nice suggestion. I am watching the video on dirt substrate. He talks so fast and brushes over complex science quickly that I am struggling to get all of it more than do this and don't do that. I will watch some more though.

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    If you join high tech planted tank group or low tech on facebook hes there often. He has great knowledge of these topics. And if youre lucky, Tom Barr might help out also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by colisalalia View Post
    I am doing low tech walstad type to show them the balanced ecosystem cycle of decomposing urine and waste becoming food for plants and plants cleaning water for fish... etc.

    I will look at the video and see if it helps though. The lesson is more about what happens in the wild than how to set up a good tank.
    Walstead is fantastic. Her book, Ecology of the Planted Tank (or is it Aquarium?) Is the best in its class. It DOES however, read like a textbook .Its first two chapters are perfection for the explanation of supplemented systems - which explains what it is that you are interested in.

    Go ahead and send me a PM, and I can help you with this for kids (I have 3 of them, and have worked on the nitrogen cycle with them at length. They're no experts, but they are getting there).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick Shades View Post
    Walstead is fantastic. Her book, Ecology of the Planted Tank (or is it Aquarium?) Is the best in its class. It DOES however, read like a textbook .Its first two chapters are perfection for the explanation of supplemented systems - which explains what it is that you are interested in.

    Go ahead and send me a PM, and I can help you with this for kids (I have 3 of them, and have worked on the nitrogen cycle with them at length. They're no experts, but they are getting there).
    Wait, I thought it was a text book. It was the discussions on metals that caught me the most in understanding toxicity.

    Oh and the book is called, "ECOLOGY of the PLANTED AQUARIUM". I have no idea why the caps are that way. On my phone LOL.
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