As a fun final project Mr. Dietrich and the Environmental Science class in Middletown decided to create mini self-sustaining ecosystems. So, Mr. Dietrich rounded up a bunch of 2-liter bottles, and the students filled them up with soil, water, aquatic plants and…drumroll…fish.
Ideally, if the ecosystem works properly, the plant would produce oxygen for the fish, and the fish could eat the plant, and there would be campfire evenings where the fish and the plant could sing kumbaya and hold hands and eat smores together. Organic smores. With sustainable marshmallows. And fair trade chocolate. And maybe wheat grass.
Unfortunately, not every experiment we try at MVGS works out perfectly. We acknowledge our imperfections. (That acknowledgement of the .001% of the time we have flaws totally makes us perfect. Ask a math teacher, it’s true, that’s how percentages work.)
We faced an unfortunate 80% mortality rate amongst our poor wee goldfish. The students wept, they gnashed their teeth, they rolled their terrible eyes and showed their terrible…sorry, I have small children, and sometimes Where the Wild Things Are just takes me over. Anyway, they were sad. However, there is a happy ending to this story (for now, anyway)! For, while 80% of the wee goldfish died, that means 20% survived! Behold, the hardiest fish in the land!
Gaze upon the majesty of the wee goldfish, readers. Just gaze upon it. For it may not be here much longer. I’ll keep you updated on the success (or mortality) of our Environmental Science projects. Check back tomorrow for DEAD FISH WATCH 2012.