Aquarium Keeping

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You should spend at least 1 hour per week caring for your aquatic animals, this can include time feeding and cleaning tanks.

In addition to maintaining your tank, you should also further develop your theoretical knowledge of the aquarium environment.

Aims & Ideas

  • Study the theory of the main features of a fish, including the simple external anatomy, body movement, function of fins and swimming, the breathing and hearing organs.
  • Study the theory of the balanced aquaria and aquatic life covering the inter-dependence of fish, water, plant and insect life, and give particular attention to:
    • Plants, light, water
    • Insects
    • Molluscs
    • Oxygen
    • Planting medium
  • Learn about the identification of water insects live food and scavengers, and enemies of young fish.
  • Learn about the identification of water snails (molluscs).
  • Learn about plant identification.
  • Study fish identification, common species and tropical, including live-bearers and egg layers, labyrinth, carps, barbs; and cold water fish, such as common goldfish, British freshwater fish, minnow and stickleback.
  • Study the technique of setting up a tank, including the equipment and plants required, the stock of fish and the capacity rule.
  • Study the theory of:
    • Aeration procedure, using a diffuser
    • Filtration be aware of the different types of filtration: underground, internal, internal power and external power filters
    • pH value of water acidity and alkalinity
    • Learn about breeding (tropical only) live-bearers (viviparous).
    • Learn about Pond Maintenance and what is involved in this eg vegetation, other animals and insects which exist in this environment.

Assessment & Evidence

The assessor should see evidence of your aquarium thriving, the feeding schedule, a log of maintenance/ tank cleaning and project work on your chosen aim.  Photos should be taken throughout your time period.  The assessor should view your tank and discuss your progress at least once per month of activity.

Skills Evidence Log:  Aquarium Keeping Log (including example entry)