Presentation on theme: "By David Fulbright. This project is the affect of Elodea (a water plant) on the water quality of a fish tank. These fish tanks are filled with one Zebra."— Presentation transcript:
By David Fulbright
This project is the affect of Elodea (a water plant) on the water quality of a fish tank. These fish tanks are filled with one Zebra Danio. The amount of Elodea in each tank varied from tank to tank. The first two tanks had two plants in them. The second pair of tanks had four plants in each tank. The final two tanks had six plants in each tank. Each tank was tested for ammonia, ph, nitration, and temperature every day.
Elodea- a water plant Zebra Danio- a hardy and active fish Water Plants improve the water quality of lakes
Question and hypotheses Question- what affect do water plants have on the water quality of a fish tank Hypotheses- If the amount of Elodea in a fish tank increases, then the water quality will improve.
eight milk cartons, eight Zebra Danio fish, water plants, a can of fish food, a thermometer, PH testers, Nitrate tester, Ammonia, a pencil or pen, a notebook, water, and a few towels.
Variables Control- the two jugs with no plants in them. Independent- the amount of plants in the milk jugs. Dependent- the water quality of the fish tanks. Constant- the amount of fish in each jug.
Procedure 1. Clean the milk jugs out 2. Set up the milk jugs near a window with a towel underneath the jugs. 3. Fill the milk jugs just below to where the jug gets narrower, to let the cap screw on, with water 4. Cut the narrow part of the jug so that tests can be preformed 5. Place the plants needed in each jug 6. Place the two fish in each jug 7. Observe and test the water quality of the water every day at 8:00 pm for one week 8. Record all data in note book
Temperature Jug #Day 1Day 2Day 3Day 4Day 5Day 6Day 7 Average Jug Jug Jug Jug Jug Jug Jug Jug
Nitrate Jug #Day 1Day 2Day 3Day 4Day 5Day 6Day 7 Average Jug Jug Jug Jug Jug Jug Jug Jug
Ammonia Jug #Day 1Day 2Day 3Day 4Day 5Day 6Day 7 Average Jug Jug Jug Jug Jug Jug Jug Jug
PH Jug #Day 1Day 2Day 3Day 4Day 5Day 6Day 7 Average Jug 17.6 Jug 27.6 Jug 37.6 Jug 47.6 Jug 57.6 Jug 67.6 Jug 77.6 Jug 87.6
Discussion The ammonia in all the tanks with plants increased much slower. The tanks with out any plants had more ammonia in them. The temperature varied but was averagely about 68 degrees F. The ph level was the same the entire time it was 7.6 in every tank all week. The nitrogen was always 0 for the whole week.
Conclusions The ammonia was the only thing that really showed any results The ammonia was the same in all the tanks with plants The hypotheses was disproven
Future studies Bigger environments For a longer time Use more fish Use more plants
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