Welcome to the 2015 - 2016
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 connections 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:

May 4th, 2016 The 6th graders met with their buddies today to release the trout. Students had to catch the fingerlings from the tank with nets and count them as they transferred the trout into 5 gallon buckets. They added a portable bubbling stone to provide oxygen during the transition to their new home. The students carried the buckets to the Pickering Creek that runs through our school's property and began the slow process of acclimatizing the trout by slowly replacing trout tank water with creek water in an effort to prevent shocking the fish. After an hour the trout were ready to release and the 6th graders brought their 1st grade buddies to the stream to release trout. Fingerlings were put in clear plastic cups so kids could carry them up and downstream to the spot where they wanted to set their fingerlings free.

194 Trout Fingerlings were released into the creek. This number is down from the first few years of the program, but there were less schools participating back then and more eggs delivered at the beginning of the year. With more eggs, there was also more die-off due to limited space and waste buildup (Nitrate levels). In the fall of 2014 we received 347 viable eggs (and a few hatched sac-fry). This translates into a 55.9% survival rate!!! The year was very successful and the students learned a lot about watersheds, impacts on watersheds, point source and non-point source pollution, water quality and water testing, and our State Fish - the Salvelinus fontinalis!

Dec. 17th - Today we tested the trout water to find that the Nitrite has spiked to 5.0 ppm with the API test kit. The Ammonia has dropped back down to ALMOST 0.0ppm. We decided to use the Chemtrics Nitrite Test Kit to verify the Nitrite levels in the tank and we found that the Nitrite is more realistically at 3.3 ppm of NO2. We turned off the filter, added some more Stress-Zyme+ and are hoping that the Nitrobacter Bacteria colony grows fast to help convert the excess Nitrite to Nitrate. We may have to do some water changes to keep the Nitrite levels down if this does not change soon... don don daaa...

Dec. 10th - Most of the Swim-up Fry are out and about and eating well. We removed the front of the insulation and set up the light to allow for more light when we are not in the room (lights are off). We also set up the Trout Cam so that everyone can see our trout from their own devices. The Nitrogen in the tank is starting to cycle as the Ammonia rose to 0.5 ppm on 11/15. We continued to add Stress-Zyme+ once or twice a week to help build up the population of beneficial bacteria. When we tested the Nitrite today, we saw our first rise as the concentration of Nitrite is now at 0.25ppm. We expect the Nitrite to continue to rise and the Ammonia should start to go back down. We also added the automatic feeder so the Swim-up Fry will have food at least two times a day.

Dec. 7th - Today we added water in the tank to allow the stronger Swim-up Fry the ability to swim out of the breeder net. Many are still in the net but a few brave trout are swimming around in the tank. We are TRYING to remember to feed the trout two or three times a day.

Dec. 2nd - Most of the sac fry have grown into their next stage of life - SWIM-UP FRY!!! They are rising to the top of the breeder net and looking for food. We started feeding them today by throwing tiny pinches of the "0" food into the tank and we mixed some food in a small GC with water and used a pipette to deposit the food into the breeder net to feed the fry at the bottom.

Nov. 23rd - We are getting ready for Thanksgiving break. A few of the sac-fry have transitioned into swim-up fry. We fed the new graduates with small amounts of food to introduce them to their new dinner.

Nov 12, 2015 - All of the trout eggs have hatched and our Sac Fry (aka Alevins) are swimming around the breeder net. We have removed 30 eggs or dead sac-fry since the eggs arrived last week. The sac fry are motionless on the bottom of the breeder net. The tank insulation is preventing light from entering the tank to protect the sac fry.

Today is November 4, 2015. Our beloved teacher, Mr .Kline's birthday. He received one GREAT Birthday present, TROUT EGGS! We, the Trout Team (Mr. Kline, Logan, David, Bryce, Alex, Cooper, Kia, Owen, Saagar, Taite, Cianna, Kia, Sydnie, and Lindsay) counted the alive eggs and sadly some dead ones. However we are proud to say that we have 323 live eggs and 24 live hatched sac fry, and 3 dead hatched sac fry, and 95 dead eggs. We had to handle them with great caution. We hope that we can get the eggs hatched safely.
Written by,
Logan and David

Nov. 2 2015

Please enjoy this video from our program in our inaugural year.

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