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ECOSYSTEM Club members answer students' questions:
Ari, Matanel, Johnathan, Julia, Nathan, Sarah, Josh, Anton, Nico, Morgan,
Hannah, Josh, Rachel
Do we have
Why is there a potato in
the ecosystem? It is nutrients/food
for the animals (compost).
Are there bugs in the
tank that you can’t see? Yes,
What is the snail
called? Apple snail.
What is the green stuff
on the back of the tank? Algae
Why are there snails? They eat the algae.
Is the light burned out? NO - it is on a timer so the nocturnal animals come out and the daytime animals
Are we getting an
Are the toads poisonous?
Yes, the firebelly toads are, you can get a rash if you touch it.
When do we feed the
fish? Every couple of days they are
fed a small amount of fish food.
Why did the first
crayfish die? We’re not sure.
Are the crab-looking
fish, crayfish? Yes.
Are there going to be
How many potatoes are
there in the tank? 6.
What kinds of fish are
there? Sevrum, placo, swordtails,
guppies, tiger barbs, loach.
Are there going to be
turtles? No, because they carry
Why is one of the newts
fat? Maybe it ate too much.
Why are there crickets? They are food for the toads.
Do crayfish bite? They don’t have teeth.
Do the toads change
colour? The firebelly toads change
colour when they are stressed.
Why do the fish eat
other fish? Some of the bigger fish
eat the smaller fish as part of the natural food chain.
Why do we need an
Ecosystem and does it help us? We
get to see what happens under water.
How big does the apple
snail grow? 10 - 15 in diameter.
Are we going to add
What do you plan to add
in the future? Perhaps barb fish.
How many snails are
there? About 9 - they multiply.
When are the crickets
going to lay eggs? They already did.
Will there be more
animals? In September.
Why doesn’t the weather
loach move? It does move sometimes
Is the toad an amphibian
or a reptile? An amphibian. There
are 2 toads no frogs.
What do the toads eat?
Why do the fish play
tag? They are chasing each other.
What are the names of
the bugs on land? Meal worms and red
What are the genders of
the newts? Male has larger
reproductive parts. Pattletail (female fairly flat / male obvious reproductive
system. May have white spots on his tail during breeding season.
How do fish swim?
Tail (fin) has special muscles.
Why are there rocks on
the bottom? Looks like a pond.
Why are there fish and
toads and snails? It is an ecosystem
of a pond.
How do fish die?
May get eaten by another fish or animal.
they get old and die as part of their life cycle. Sometimes they may go into
shock and not survive when they are put in a new tank.
Why is there a leaf?
That is part of the ecosystem plant
life of a pond.
How many ecosystems has
Eugene made? He has been making
ecosystems since 1993.
Why is there grass?
Because crickets eat the grass for
Why is it dark?
It is like night time for the animals to
When does Eugene come
back? He comes once a month to take
care of the ecosystem.
How do you make an
Do the fish eat the dead
crickets? Yes, they only eat them
when they are dead. The toads and newts eat the crickets alive.
How do the fish feel
living under water? They are always
Why did we make an
ecosystem? To learn about the life
cycle of animals.
How does everything
survive? They eat each other and
Do the fish have names?
Why isn’t there a
filter? There is, at the back.
Why do the toads like to
be on land? They live in water and
land - they need air to breathe.
Why do we have different
fish? It’s like a pond, there are
different types of fish in a pond.
How do you clean it?
Take out a bucket of water, blow
air to move the stuff accumulated at the bottom, wipe the glass down and
refill the tank.
Do toads change colour?
Yes, when their mood changes.