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Welcome to the 2012 - 2013
6th Grade Montgomery School
Trout in the Classroom Wiki!

Montgomery School's participation in the Trout In the Classroom program was made possible through a unique partnership between PA Fish and Boat Commission and PA Council of Trout Unlimited. This partnership, coupled with assistance from local conservation organizations, was created to introduce Pennsylvania students to coldwater resources and their importance to all communities. The partnership also provides brook trout eggs, trout food, technical assistance, curriculum conections and teacher workshops each year.

Montgomery School is grateful to the Valley Forge Chapter of Trout Unlimited, the PA Council of Trout Unlimited, and the PA Fish and Boat Commission for their assistance and support with the Trout in the Classroom program.

We will continue with our embedded "live Water Chemistry data form" that we initiated in 2010. This is where students will be posting the results of our water quality tests and it will update automatically to this website. To see our Water Chemistry results, please click on the navigation link, "Trout Tank Water Testing Results" on the left side near the top of this page.

We will also be continuing our use of the "Current Egg~Trout Population Status" page to provide a real-time count of our Brook Trout population.

This Wiki is a work in progress, so please pardon the dust from our construction efforts. Check back often to see the changes.

Montgomery School has adopted the Pickering Creek that runs through our property. As stewards of the creek we participate in the monitoring of the creek annually. Our data can be viewed at the World Water Monitoring Day Website (WWMD LINK). You can see great data records on the WWMD Data Map.

The 6th Grade students at Montgomery School are continuing their studies of how human activities affect our watersheds this year. Our goal is to learn how to be better stewards of the watersheds on our planet, and create solutions and habits that we can all do to help preserve and improve the quality of our freshwater streams and rivers. This is our Journal:

The Trout cam has been closed for the year.Come back in November to see our next batch of eggs hatch!

April 16th, 2013 the 6th graders and their 1st grade buddies released 216 Brook Trout Fingerlings today! The trout were happy to swim off in their new home and begin hunting for food. The students had fun saying goodbye to their favorite trout.

Come back next year (November 2013) and see our new batch of Brook Trout!

Have a Happy Summer with lots of fishing and exploring outside!

Class of 2015



Visit our web album online to see more pictures from our Earthday Activities (Pulling Invasive Plants from the Native Grass Meeadow, Cleaning the Stream, and Releasing the Trout).Earthday & Trout Release Photos

March 7th, 2013-

Yesterday, March 6, 2013, the Nitrite has not changed from 0ppm and the Ammonia is very high at 4.0ppm. This means that the trout tank has not cycled yet. Some fish have reverted to cannibalism at this point for extra nutrition. They are in the parr stage. The Nitrate is 100ppm. There is a very small trout which tends to stay at the bottom of the tank and a very large trout which tends to stay more up to the top of the tank. Come visit our trout on our live web cam!

~Nicole and Aidan + Liam

Jan. 17th 2013-

Today we removed 3 trout. If our calculations are right we have 261 trout left. Based on our chemical testing in the tank the trout tank has not cycled yet. The ammonia level is 0.25 PPM, and the nitrite level is still 0.00 PPM. the trout seem normal and happy. The trout are eating size 0 food from the automatic feeder twice a day. The trout are starting size 1 food.Some algae is growing on the side of the tank. P.S THE TROUT ARE BOSS :)
We are starting to plan our release activities that will likely occur during the week before Earth Day.

~Green Team

Dec. 15th -

A few Fry have started to swim-up and eat. We added water to the tank to allow the swim-up fry to swim out of the net-breeder.

November 27th - most of the eggs have hatched and this is what they look like in the SacFry or Alevin Stage:


November 6th
The trout eggs have arrived!
On November 6th 2012, 555 trout eggs arrived at Montgomery school. A team of students volunteered to come to school on a DAY OFF to receive and count the eggs.
398 eggs were alive
134 eggs were dead on arrival
4 eggs were hatched and dead
19 eggs were hatched and alive

It was a fun experience to count the eggs. We moved the eggs from container to container to sort the eggs and count how many were alive versus dead.

Sorting & Counting Eggs

Last year (2011-12) we received 450 eggs,
of which 334 were viable and two were hatched(one alive and one was questionable).
In the Spring we released a total of 237 fingerling Trout!

Their New Home!