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Old 03-13-2009, 02:50 AM   #1
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Science Fair Advice Needed!!!! HELP!!!

Alright so i made a deal with my mom. The deal is if i write up my science fair idea and do all the write up on the coral reef experiment, she will let me start my own coral reef. So i need advices on some science fair ideas. I will be in grade 11 biology next year so i need a subject in that level. I need a project that will easily catch people's attention, a subject that i can easily research on, and a subject that i can write a lot about hahaha.
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Old 03-13-2009, 07:22 AM   #2
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Maby get some different corals and see the differences of coloration between the lighting the naturally get at a certain depth.
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Old 03-13-2009, 08:04 AM   #3
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So, you got a year to produce the expirement?
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yup a full year hahaha i know corals take their time to grow so i decided to start early
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Different water flows, and how they affect the same coral. Amount of light needed and how they grow differently under different lighting conditions. Change temps a bit to see if the corals react to it.
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I would start with explaining the nitrogen cycle and showing test result by using a raw shrimp. From there, go into corals, possibly fragging and trading to help preserve the natural coral reefs. I do also like the idea of different lighting and coral grown/coloration...you could even go into photsynthesis vs spot feeding..
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thanks for all the ideas!!
i am hoping for an experiment that won't harm or even put my aquarium in danger by doing the experiment.
But this is one idea i had...
How different salinity affects the nitrogen cycle maybe?? and how it affects things living in it
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Make sure to document every step of the way. Photos help a lot in explaining. What size tank are you planning on setting up? The size of your tank is going to dictate what you will be able to do. I suggest at least a 55g tank. The equipment you will need for it vs a smaller tank will be pretty close in price. The 55 will give you more room for error and offer better stocking options down the road.

Go to MASNA - Home and see if you can find a local club in your area. Most of the time MASNA clubs like mine WAMAS (Washington DC Area Marine Aquarium Society) will offer free memberships to students along with help in these kinds of projects. You will get all the benefits of the club and the club members.
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wow thanks a lot ziggy953 i live in vancouver and i doubt there is a club for reefing around here but ill give it a shot
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They don't seem to have a club in your area....I'm sure there is one somewhere near you though. If you contact them they should be able to point you in the right direction.
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