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MattBlyth

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Trout in the Classroom 2015 kicks off!
« on: January 09, 2015, 11:20:58 AM »
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Yesterday we received the shipment of around 400 rainbow trout eggs from TU and got the 2015 trout in the classroom project kicked off. This year are up to 4 tanks in Katy ISD schools. We have Kathleen Brown running a tank in her aquatic sciences class at Katy HS again. She is our original teacher that started the program off with us 4 years ago and that many of you have met at the mini-expo events. Sharon Carswell is running a tank for the second year at Mayde Creek HS also in an aquatic sciences class. Over at Seven Meadows HS, Carlton Colmenares is running a tank for the first time in his AP Science class. We had intended the fourth tank to go in Cinco HS, also in an AP Science class, however due to last minute hiccups this tank is now running in a second aquatic sciences classroom, also at Katy HS. Thanks to Coach Williams for stepping in at the last minute to help out.

Here are some picture from each of the classrooms. I will be keeping everyone updated on the trout progress and the planned release in the Guad in April/May.

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Matt

Katy HS - Ms Brown

Ms Brown is also running a blog on the tanks progress with her class that can be found here - http://khsaquatics.blogspot.com/







Katy HS - Coach Williams





Mayde Creek HS - Ms Carswell







Seven Meadows HS - Mr Colmenares



« Last Edit: January 09, 2015, 12:13:22 PM by Puck »

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Re: Trout in the Classroom 2015 kicks off!
« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2015, 12:13:03 PM »
What strain of trout are we looking at this year?

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Re: Trout in the Classroom 2015 kicks off!
« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2015, 05:13:55 PM »
Same as previous years - Silver Steelhead Trout (Rainbows basically).

Here is the fish hatchery they came from - http://www.troutlodge.com/index.cfm?pageID=B65DF2E3-3048-7B4D-A9277D3652E9A450

Interestingly Brent Hodges told me that a 6in trout was caught on the Guad before the first stocking this year. This is smaller than the TPWD stockies and way smaller than what TU stocks  - so it can only have come from either one of the trout in the classroom project tanks or the hatchery boxes that TU puts in the river using any of the extra eggs from the classroom tanks. So at least one of them has survived!

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Re: Trout in the Classroom 2015 kicks off!
« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2015, 10:09:17 AM »
Update for 1/26/15

The eggs have hatched and the alevin are still feeding off their yolk sacks as their fins grow. We should have free swimming fry soon!

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Re: Trout in the Classroom 2015 kicks off!
« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2015, 08:41:50 AM »
Well the trout are all still doing well - almost all the fish are now free swimming. One of the classes has been measuring the growth progress of the fry and the largest is now around 4cm (1.6").
More updates to follow
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Re: Trout in the Classroom 2015 kicks off!
« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2015, 05:21:41 PM »
Some more pics - this time from Seven Meadows HS




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Re: Trout in the Classroom 2015 kicks off!
« Reply #6 on: March 27, 2015, 11:28:19 AM »
Wow! This is really cool! Any more updates?

So do trout in the Guadalupe river not reproduce?