Fishy Formulas

By: Maggee Chang and Lauren Alvis

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🐠WHAT ARE OUR FISH?🐠
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(Top) Long Fin Red Minor Tetra (Bottom) Mickey Mouse Platy

Long Fin Red Minor Tetra

Generally, tetras are small, attractive, and easily-handled fish that are great for beginners. These fish are schooling/community fish, which means that mix well with other fish. A school of fish that are preferred for the tetra are about a group of five or more other community fish. Tetras originate from South America, specifically Brazil, which is a tropical environment with many other living things. This concludes for the tetra(s) requiring moderate amounts of hiding spaces like rocks, leafy plants, and the occasional live/artificial flowers. That way the tetra(s) may not feel insecure and act more aggressive to other fish, as it is rumored to nip at fins.

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~PHYSICAL TRAITS~

  • Based on name, the tetra's main colors are red, orange, and white.
  • Females have a rounder body than males.
  • Diet: Frozen, dried flakes, plankton, but any small fish food will be acceptable for the tetra's diet.

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~ENVIRONMENTAL REQUIREMENTS~

  • The diet consists of frozen/glass worms, brine shrimp, plankton. All/Any type of small flakes or fish foods are acceptable for the tetra.
  • Habitat originates from Brazil: Decorate w/ rocks, plants, and flowers.
  • Water temperature ranges from 72-82Β° F.
  • For a suitable tank, one tetra needs 10+ gallons of water.

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Mickey Mouse Platy

Platys are generally similar to tetras, geographically resulting to characteristically. They are peaceful, community fish that are easy to take care of. A school for a Platy is a wide variety since it's such a peaceful swimmer. The Platy originates from the Central American area of Honduras, Mexico, and Guatemala. This fish however, unlike the tetra, is very adaptable to any environment. This may be a perfect fish for anyone, however, the fish is a live bearing fish. It will reproduce as early as four months of age, and will repeatedly reproduce even months after and the fry will be alive.

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~PHYSICAL TRAITS~

  • At the end of it's body and starts the tail, there are black markings similar to the shape of the infamous Disney character Mickey Mouse. That's why it's called the Mickey Mouse Platy.
  • An average Platy grows to about 1-3 inches.

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~ENVIRONMENTAL REQUIREMENTS~

  • Diet consists of the same as the tetra.
  • A Platy has the same tank water size and temperature as the tetra.
  • Habitat originates from: Guatemala, Mexico, and Honduras- moderate plants, rocks, flowers.

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Platys are generally similar to tetras, geographically resulting to characteristically. They are peaceful, community fish that are easy to take care of. A school for a Platy is a wide variety since it's such a peaceful swimmer. The Platy originates from the Central American area of Honduras, Mexico, and Guatemala. This fish however, unlike the tetra, is very adaptable to any environment. This may be a perfect fish for anyone, however, the fish is a live bearing fish. It will reproduce as early as four months of age, and will repeatedly reproduce even months after and the fry will be alive.

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~PHYSICAL TRAITS~

  • At the end of it's body and starts the tail, there are black markings similar to the shape of the infamous Disney character Mickey Mouse. That's why it's called the Mickey Mouse Platy.
  • An average Platy grows to about 1-3 inches.

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~ENVIRONMENTAL REQUIREMENTS~

  • Diet consists of the same as tetra also with live plants, be sure to not have much live vegetation.
  • A Platy has the same tank water size and temperature as the tetra.
  • Habitat originates from: Guatemala, Mexico, and Honduras- moderate plants, rocks, flowers. Artificial plants are preferred because of its ability to eat live vegetation.
  1. One Tetra- $3.99 ($4)
  2. One Platy- $1.00

Two tetras($8) + Four platys($4) = 6 fish($12)

HOW MUCH? 6 fish = $12

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❓WHAT IS REQUIRED?❓
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An Introduction

Each fish needs specific requirements for their environment. Some fish originate from the tropics so they would need lots of greenery and flowers, warm waters, and plenty of sunlight. Some fish bigger than others, need a larger tank for swimming space. Some fish are community fish, so that means they need other fish in their environment to feel safe.

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Tanks

Each of our fish needs 10 gallons of water for swimming space and breathing. Generally, our fish are quite compatibly similar.

Since we choose to have two tetras and four platys. That sums up six fish in total. Six fish need sixty gallons of water.

We would need to have the Large fish tank for our six fish to meet their needs.

Math

To be able to know what our fish require to stay well, we need to know how much breathing space for each fish.

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Volume

The dimensions for the tank are 48, 18, and 20 inches. The formula for volume for a rectangular prism is V= Length * Width * Height. Multiply.

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V= Length * Width * Height

V= 48 * 18 * 20

V= 864 * 20

V= 17280

The tank's volume is 17280 inches cubed.

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Since we discovered that our fish needed sixty gallons of water, we needed to know how much water our tank holds. With the tank's volume, we also know that the information given us; 1 foot is equivalent to 7.5 gallons, 1 foot equals 12 inches, and that means 1 foot cubed equals 1728 in cubed. So, use a proportion to find out how many gallons are in a Large  tank.

1/1728 = x/1728

1728x = 17280

1728x/1728 = 17280/1728  

x = 10

10 * 7.5 = 75 Gal   

HOW MUCH? Large Tank = $300

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Gravel

Fish are animals... They weren't pets in the beginning of time. That means before humans kept fish, fish were organisms that adapted to certain qualities of their environment to survive.

The Pebble Beach Top Fin gravel resembles the tropic's sandy ocean floor color

To have a suitable aquarium, gravel for the tank floor will resemble an ocean's floor for our fish. Since our fish originate in semi-tropic to tropic areas, their environment will have a sandy ocean floor. We chose the Pebble Beach gravel for it's sandy color. The gravel should be 5-8 inches deep and for every gallon, use 1.5 lbs of gravel. The fish require sixty gallons of water. With mathematical calculations, the tank can hold seventy-five gallons.

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Math

With high order thinking math, we can find out how our fish can swim comfortably and comfortably within their own habitat in the fish tank.

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How Many Bags? How much $$??

One bag of gravel holds 5 lbs of gravel. Each bag is $5.50.

After finding the volume of the fish tank and how much it holds, we also need to figure out how much gravel to put inside and use the best amount... Without overusing or not having enough.

Multiply the proportion's x with 7.5, the amount of gallons in a cubed foot, to have the amount of square feet in our tank.

10 * 7.5 = 75

Then, multiply that with 1.5 lbs to find out how many pounds of gravel you need for the whole tank.

75 * 1.5 = 112.5

The gravel is provided in 5-pound bags. Divide 112.5 by 5 to find out how many bags the tank requires.

112.5/5 = 22.5

**22.5 bags... We can't buy 22 AND A HALF bags! We must round it to 23 bags of gravel.**

HOW MUCH? 23 bags = $126.50

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Volume of How Much Gravel in Tank

The gravel requirements for our fish are that they have to be 5-8 inches deep/thick. We chose to have our gravel to be 8 inches thick. The tank is 48 inches long. The tank is also 18 inches wide. Those are the measurements needed for the volume.

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V = L * W * H

V = 8 * 48 * 18

V= 384 * 18

V = 6912

The gravel takes up 6912 inches cubed.

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Heater, Filter, Lights... action?

Everything that's best for the fish, is for it to be adaptable and satisfied with it's own environment. All fish, tetra and platy or not, need clean water to survive... use a filter. The fish live in the tropics have a warm temperature... use a heater. it's sunny in their natural habitat... use lights to resemble the sun. Our fish aren't in their home, so why not bring their home to them?

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All fish need clean water. Tropical fish need sunlight.
  1. Water #1004 Size Up to 80 Gal- $90
  2. TruTemp Heater- $36
  3. Aqueon Fluorescent Deluxe Full Hood 48"- $60

90 + 36 + 60 = $186

HOW MUCH? All equipment = $186.

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Decorations & Plants

First thing's first: an aquarium needs to look visually appealing. An aquarium isn't going to look nice with just gravel. What do oceans have? They have plants, rocks, and flowers! Then, shouldn't our aquarium have those things? Well of course, fish need to feel at home.

Each plant and decoration serves a purpose for tropical community fish.

Our fish need a lot of security in their environment and prefer bright colors. Tetra like to hide behind driftwood and plants. Platys prefer to swim in a bright environment.

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  1. Driftwood- $35
  2. Coral-tall - $25
  3. Jungle Pod-Medium - $12
  4. (One corkscrew plant = $1.50) Two Corkscrew Plants- $3

35 + 25 + 12 + 3 = $63

HOW MUCH? The decorations = $63

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Itemized Budget

All aquariums big and/or small, should have a budget to keep things organized. Our budget was $700.

Tetras- $7.98

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Platys- $4

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Large Tank- $300

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23 bags of gravel- $126.50

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Filter- $90

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Heater- $36

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Lights 48"- $60

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Driftwood- $35

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Coral- Tall- $25

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Jungle Pod-M - $12

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Two Corkscrew Plants- $3

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Total = $699.48

The total project costs $699.48, which is under budget by $0.52.