March 23, 2016
Start Planning A Program Now
Start planning a Trout in the Classroom program for your school now.
It is not too early to start planning on getting started with TIC for next year. Tanks must be set up by September 10 of the school year in which you plan to start to provide a healthy environment for eggs and fry.
Your first step in getting started with the program is to secure your funding. And with times being what they are today, this could take you a while, so why not get started early? Initial cost for the equipment is $1200.00. And while that is a big chunk of change by anyone’s standards, the program will only cost less than $100 for the replacement parts for every year after that. You can find a list of necessary equipment on this site under the Resources tab.
So where to get the funding? There are several options. First, you should try and get it through your school’s budget. Your next option is to try and get your parent-teacher organization to fund the program. Fund raising in the school is always another option, but don’t be afraid to think outside the box while looking for funds either.
Equipment must be set up and running by September 10 in order to ensure that you have a healthy environment for the eggs and fry. Some things to keep in mind as you are setting up your tank are that alevins are sensitive to ultraviolet light. You should keep your tank away from windows and heaters if possible. You should also make sure that the outlet you are plugging your equipment into has a ground fault interrupter (GFI) to prevent shocks between electricity and water from occurring. This is the same type of outlet required in kitchens and bathrooms, anywhere where water has the potential to come into contact with electricity. You need to have water and sink access near your tank. And you should look under the Resources Tab under Planning Your Trout Release to see how far you are going to have to travel to release your fish. They can’t be released anywhere you want. They need to go into a water body that will support them for the rest of their lives. And lastly, consider the weight of a 55 gallon tank of water. A gallon of water weighs 8.35 lbs. This means that your tank, when filled, will weigh 459.25 lbs! A location on the second floor may not be the best spot for your tank.
Bottom line - getting started:
1. Secure funding in spring or summer.
2. Order equipment (see the recommended equipment list for contact information of That Pet Place) in spring or summer.
3. Print and fill in the participation form tic_participation_form.pdf to begin your registration process. You will also need to refer to TIC_Approved_Stocking_Locations_(2017_-_2019).xls in order to complete your registration documents. Fax or mail the two forms to the address on page 1 of the document. Please note that this form should only be submitted if you have your equipment and are ready to get started in the program in September.
4. Set up equipment by September 10 to ensure it is properly working. Once you know it is working, turn the chiller off, but keep everything else running and add your chemicals. This will start a healthy bacterial colony that are important for the survival of the trout in your tank.
5. All necessary paperwork in order for you to participate is due no later than September 10 in order to participate in the program.
Hope to work with you soon!
Equipment to Order
Potential Funding Sources