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inactiveTopic Eco-column Ideas topic started 4/2/03; 9:52:47 PM
last post 6/8/03; 10:18:42 PM
user John Baglio - Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
4/2/03; 9:52:47 PM (reads: 49544, responses: 129)
Use this as your online bulletin board to ask questions, share ideas and supplement your data diary or communicate with classmates.

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user Judy - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
4/3/03; 2:59:00 PM (reads: 27863, responses: 0)
This week, our Group (Judy F, Richard FW and Michaela S) tryed to figure out the best animals to put into our Eco-Column. We found out that frogs are not allowed. So we couldn't do that. We researched Salamanders instead and realized that we needed an amphibious salamander because they live on land. For next week, we are look up Salamanders, Snails and Mino's.

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user John Baglio - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
4/3/03; 7:56:43 PM (reads: 27749, responses: 0)
Thanks to Judy, Richard and Michaela for getting on the board. In reading your message I think you may need to be flexible in your use of a salamander and wait to see how much room there actually is in the decomposition section of the E-C.

Also, what is a Mino?

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user gabe@g... - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
4/4/03; 2:14:24 PM (reads: 27642, responses: 0)
Our group, Sadie N., Sara H., and Gabe S. are planing to put a goldfish in our eco-column. We were wondering if anyone had any suggestions about getting the oxygen into the water.

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user julesmh428@a... - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
4/4/03; 2:25:03 PM (reads: 27726, responses: 0)
4/4/03 Our group (Julia H., KC, and Lizzie O.) First off, when people wrote mino we think they meant minnow. Here's some info on them: (White Clould Mountain Minnows the type we're using) are 1-1.5 inches, prefer 60-75 degrees and eat elodea, frozen worms and other plants. We have been making rough drafts of food webs and have been researching housing and shelter for all of our animals. peace out love Julia, Lizzie and KC

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user Emmaelking@a... - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
4/4/03; 2:27:32 PM (reads: 27659, responses: 0)
Our group, Laura S., Emma k. and Alexa M. are wondering what kinds of food in general spiders like to eat. We know that they like live insects, but specifically....

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user bmhl10@n... - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
4/4/03; 2:30:20 PM (reads: 27389, responses: 0)
This week, we spent the whole of every class researching animals for our ecocolumn. We also put togeher a food web to try and establish which animals should be put into our ecocolumn to make it sels sfstaining. Our efforts bore fruits and we found the following sites: Snail info: http://members.tripod.com/snailsonline/ Grasshopper info: http://www.ivyhall.district96.k12.il.us/4th/kkhp/1insects/grshprfax.html Ladybug info: http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Atrium/5924/schoolyardscience.htm



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user nunerbooners@a... - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
4/7/03; 6:44:58 PM (reads: 27897, responses: 2)
Our group (wylie r. and Judy a.) researched snails and fish . We reasearched the Oticululus Catfish and the pond snail to be specific. When we were reading about the Oticulus Catfish we saw that it needed 10 gallons of water, which is a lot more water then our bottle would have so we asked Mr.Baglio and he said that although it says it needs 10 gallons of water since we would only have 1 fish it could survive with the amount of water we will have in our bottle (about 1/4 of a gallon).

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user Steven Trambert - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
4/8/03; 5:45:26 PM (reads: 27936, responses: 0)
On 4/3/03 our group, (Simmone, Sarah K. and Steven T.), looked for animals to put in the aquatic section. We've decided so far on a Betta Fish, but need to find out more about its diet. We used www.peteducation.com, searching for betta fish. It was a good resource.

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user bballswoosh90@m... - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
4/11/03; 2:30:02 PM (reads: 27813, responses: 1)
This week our group (Lizzie, KC, and Julia) made a food web to make sure every organism had something to eat. We are having trouble finding a good pet store to buy salamanders and fish. Also, we aren't sure what kind of salamander to buy. If you have any suggestions, we'll be checking back at this site and they'd be very appreciated!! :-) much love, Lizzie, KC, and Julia!!

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user gabe@g... - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
4/11/03; 2:31:13 PM (reads: 27744, responses: 0)
We've decided to use a Green Anole as opposed to a salamander on Mr. Baglio's advice. He said that he has had past sucesses with the anoles. We also looked for information on goldfish during our excursion to the library but we didn't learn much.

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user cacjchap@n... - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
4/11/03; 2:35:09 PM (reads: 27695, responses: 0)
4/11/03 we (ikuno,jake, and jake) researched crayfish,danios, and moths extensively this week. A good site for fish is fish2u.com We are narrowing down our list of organisms. danios are very cheap. We also looked up other organisms that we could put in our eco - column.

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user bmhl10@n... - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
4/11/03; 2:35:31 PM (reads: 27615, responses: 0)
We found a site http://www.applesnail.net/

My group, Ben Loffredo, Adam Dicterow, and Rebecca Liss are making alot of progress. We have been reasearching all of the animals that we have decided we wanted. I have also found seveal other caresheets on how to take care of manti. I also have ordered several mantis egg cases in the mail.

ben Loffredo



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user Emmaelking@a... - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
4/11/03; 2:44:01 PM (reads: 27741, responses: 0)
WDD2 4/11/03 This week, our group (Emma, Alexa, and Laura) made a chart consisting of all the needs of organisms. We finished our animal side of the sheet and will do the plant side another time. This way we can organize all of the information as we get it and know when we are finished. We also have been searching online and looking in books from the library on our various organisms, planing what each section of our E-C will look like.

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user jeremy - Re: Eco-column Ideas jeremy 6  blueArrow
4/13/03; 9:03:46 PM (reads: 27602, responses: 0)
Jeremy wittenberg group 6 elodea will grow in many conditions such as very shallow and very deep ater it can grow unrooted it hids small fish and it is very easy to keep alive. pond snails live in both hot and cold water. Is there any way to control the ph level in the water biome besides using chemicals if we do will that mess up the water. if something dies should we just live it in their or should we take it out does it depend on its size and wich area it dies in. are differant algeas better for each area

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user jeremy - Re: Eco-column Ideas jeremy 6  blueArrow
4/13/03; 9:04:35 PM (reads: 27772, responses: 0)
Jeremy wittenberg group 6 elodea will grow in many conditions such as very shallow and very deep ater it can grow unrooted it hids small fish and it is very easy to keep alive. pond snails live in both hot and cold water. Is there any way to control the ph level in the water biome besides using chemicals if we do will that mess up the water. if something dies should we just live it in their or should we take it out does it depend on its size and wich area it dies in. are differant algeas better for each area

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user gabe@g... - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
4/14/03; 3:54:37 PM (reads: 27593, responses: 0)
THis week we found out what animals we wanted in our ecocolum. We decided to have snails, a spider, grass, fruit flies, and maybe a fish. We are still trying to found out what snail we want. We found out that they eat algae and elodea. We found out that fruit flies will eat decomposed material, and they lay there eggs on banana peels. So we are going to put a banana peel in our eco-column to get fruit flies. We also might have a caterpillar which will eat the grass. The spider will eat the fruit flies.

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user dreamgrl446@n... - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
4/14/03; 5:47:48 PM (reads: 27355, responses: 0)
LAST week my group (Steven R. and Leah) decided that we want to have a pond snail in our water level. We researched it and found that it ate algae. Algae will grow on the elodea leaf, and an elodea leaf will perhaps also provide the snail with shade and comfort etc. a pond snail can live in hot and cold water temperatures. at this point my group is not 100% positive of what we're having in our ecosystem but we have been researching different possibilities extensively. (Sorry its late!)

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user dreamgrl446@n... - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
4/14/03; 5:51:50 PM (reads: 27362, responses: 0)
THIS week my group (Steven R. and leah) are extremely close to finishing our research. We know that we want elodea leaves (which will then result in algae) and a pond snail in the water level. In the decomposing level we want the red-wiggler worms Mr. Baglio is providing (this will make the soil very nice). We also want banana peels and assorted decomposing material on this level. Fruit flies will then come from this. On the top level we are considering the possibility of a spider but have not finalized this desicion.

does anyone know what specific spiders are easy to maintain and eat fruitflies?

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user gabe@g... - Re: Eco-column Ideas (Judy, Richard and Micheala)  blueArrow
4/16/03; 10:56:34 AM (reads: 27536, responses: 0)
In our group (Judy F., Richard, and Michaela S.), we mostly researched this week. We went to the library, and we were able to look up lots of information in different encyclopedias, books, etc. For example, we are going to use spiders as one of the organisms in our ecocolumn. Therefor, we tried to get some useful information on them. We looked in a book called Insects and Spiders (by Encyclopedia of the animal world on pg. 84). We found out that most kinds of spiders eat lots of insects. We also researched Red wiggler worms. From a data sheet called Making Compost with Redworms, we found out that the main diet of the Red Wiggler worms, is compost. The rest of the week was low key in terms of collecting data.

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user cacjchap@n... - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
4/16/03; 1:34:24 PM (reads: 27333, responses: 0)
4/16/03 JJake Jake Ikuno Today we started to make the eco-system. We made most of it but we need one more bottle. We are planning to put more sky but we need another bottle. We are also planning to cover the hole of the aquarium with a piece of cloth. JakeC. is going to take the eco - column to finish it.

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user bballswoosh90@m... - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
4/16/03; 1:47:25 PM (reads: 27367, responses: 0)
This week we assembled our eco-columns. We had one problem though, our land area's too small. It was an option to use a fourth bottle to enlarge this area but unfortunetly we found this info out a little late. :( That's it y'all keep it real KC, Julia and Lizzie

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user Leahsilv1@a... - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
4/17/03; 3:34:13 PM (reads: 27264, responses: 0)
Last week (Leah, Steven and Sonya) we decided that instead of a pond snail, we wanted an apple snail because it ate elodea and was easier to house. This week we made caresheets for some of our organisms and started the constructing process. The only part that was a little tedious was poking all of the air holes. The rest was fun. This is so cool mr. baglio... I am so proud of you! Hehe

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user Billy Shapiro - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
4/19/03; 10:27:33 PM (reads: 27169, responses: 0)
This weekend I researched what climate spiders, worms, and fruit flies need to live in. Temperature wise they all have basically the same range though fruit flies need it a bit hotter than the other two, also worms can't live without dirt but because we're putting the worms in the decomposition area they'll be fine. Jeremy and Billy group 6

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user bmhl10@n... - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
4/20/03; 6:59:04 PM (reads: 27353, responses: 0)
Our group, Ben L., Adam D., and Rebecca, is putting together its ecocolumn. I went to the Larchmont public library and took out books on praying mantises, insects in general, and ponds. We have a praying mantis egg case (200 eggs) due to arrive Wednesday, April 23. -- Ben Loffredo

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user scott schoninger - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
4/20/03; 8:12:09 PM (reads: 27267, responses: 0)
my group, scott, sophia and emma group 2 a band second week of discussion board

this week we discussed what animals we wanted to contain in our ecocolumn. we did research on our animals over night and later in the library, splitting up the time evenly. we decided that we would need peels for the decomposing level, worms to eath them and fruit flies. mr. b. told us that the fruit flies we would use were actually vinegar flies so we found out the scientific name and the name of the red wiggler worms we would be using (because they were provided). we decided on a snail for the aquatic level and found the broadest snail classification. we did this as well with the spider, leaving aranae the most specific classification

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user Sophia Harris-Dyer - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
4/21/03; 7:44:57 PM (reads: 27406, responses: 1)
Group 2: Sophia Emma Scott This week (3rd week) our group researched breeding of fruit flies. We found that there will be not too many flies because we cannot have that much compost and the spider will eat some of them. We also found that there will not be too few becasue they do reproduce very rapidly. We also decided that the best type of fruit fly for this purpose is the vinegar fly. We decided that for the spyder, we will find one outside and then classify it because it would be hard to find a spicific type of spyder in the wild. We began and finished basic construction of our ecocolumn. We created the top middle and bottom layers but still have to punch holes in the bottles so the air and water can pass through. We are still trying to figure out how we are going to get a top for the ecocolumn that lets light through, doesn't let fruit flies out and we can pour water through. If anyone has any ideas please post them.

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user Judbuggy@a... - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
4/21/03; 7:45:07 PM (reads: 27191, responses: 1)
Group 5, Nuni, Judy A, & wylie, This week, our group decided on a pond snail as the most efficient animal for the water section. We decided this would be the most efficient option because they are easy to get, eat elodia (which we plan on having in the water), and do not produce much waste. We began work on our ecocolumn, and are now done. The only problem we had while doing this was that to water the ecocolumn, we need holes small enough for the fruit flies not to get out through. We discovered that the fruit flies would not enable us to take off the top and water the land level, because they would fly away. In the end we poked holes in one of the bottoms that we water the column through with a tack. This gave us holes too small for the fruit flies to get out of, but we can get a sufficient amount of water into the ecocolumn through them. That's all of the news in our group in week 3.

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user Sophia Harris-Dyer - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
4/21/03; 7:47:31 PM (reads: 27647, responses: 0)
Hey, A good place to try is petco on 86th street and Lex. sophia

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user Emmaelking@a... - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
4/22/03; 12:18:27 PM (reads: 27147, responses: 1)
This week our group (Emma, Laura, Alexa)finished assembeling our eco column. We didn't put tape around it because we wanted enough space and room to put all the plants and animals in later. Does anyone know of any pet stores around the upper west side?? If so, please tell us. Thanks! :)

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user Lexistar333@a... - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
4/22/03; 12:24:28 PM (reads: 27061, responses: 0)
While our group (Laura, Alexa, & Emma k) were doing some research, we found a site that may be extremely helpful if you happen to be confused. It discusses some creative eco-column ideas. Feel free to visit it at http://www.uen.org/Lessonplan/preview.cgi?LPid

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user cacjchap@n... - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
4/22/03; 12:30:21 PM (reads: 27210, responses: 0)
JJake JJake Ikuino

This week we began to learn about the project. We have been make a broad list of organisms to put in our eco-column. We are researching moths and fish and salamanders

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user Sadie N. - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
4/23/03; 1:22:34 PM (reads: 27163, responses: 0)
For week #3... Our group, Sarah H., Sadie N, and Gabe S., did most of the cutting this week. We brought in three bottles and proceeded to melt off the glue and label and started to cut them into the correct shapes. We taped them, but later had to take the tape off to do some other cutting work.

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user John Baglio - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
4/24/03; 4:02:03 PM (reads: 27448, responses: 0)
Emma, Laura and Alexa,

There is a pet store on Broadway on the east side of the street between 97th and 98th or 98 and 99. They have fish/lizards and aquatic plants downstairs.

Mr B

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user John Baglio - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
4/24/03; 4:10:46 PM (reads: 27402, responses: 0)
Great entry!

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user John Baglio - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
4/24/03; 4:12:01 PM (reads: 27753, responses: 0)
Great entry!

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user bballswoosh90@m... - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
4/25/03; 8:18:52 PM (reads: 27245, responses: 0)
This week we (KC, Lizzie, and Julia) finialized assembling our eco-column. We put all of the holes in for our organisms to breath. Today we put together the compost part of our eco-column and got a lot of worms. As we named our salamander Lou Nicey, we name our worms as well: Arl, Enrique, Vladimir, and Longy.. We are bringing in fruit and vegetable leftovers this weekend and will add it on Tuesday. That's it for now!! Peace out! Julia, Lizzie, and KC.

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user nunerbooners@a... - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
4/27/03; 4:25:42 PM (reads: 27167, responses: 0)
This week our group (nuni judy a. and wylie ) Worked on finishing the construction of our eco-column and started the constructing the decompision section. We put in the wet strips of paper and the leaves. We still need to put in the dirt, worms and the fruit and vegetable left overs. That's all!!!!!!

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user Judy - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
4/28/03; 9:08:33 AM (reads: 27128, responses: 0)
This week, we started to construct our ecocolunm. We brought in three plastic two liter bottles and cut them up into different pieces according to a set of instructions that we followed. We put the big pieces together and turned them into sections. After we built and taped together our ecocolunm, we started to put things in. We started out by putting strips of newspaper into the decomposition compartment. Then we took five red-wiggler worms and put them in with the newspaper, to start our decomposition process. We then added a small handful of dry leaves to the combination of newspaper and worms. This made sense because the worms will help break down the leaves and the newspaper. This was the start of our composting. Then we took a handful of soil and put it into another section towards the top of the column. This is all we did this week. As i said before, we used most of these work periods to construct and physically plan out our ecocolumn. Next week we hope to plant a few seeds. We are thinking maybe corn or radish seeds. Soon, we will also build the other parts of our ecocolumn.

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user cacjchap@n... - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
4/28/03; 1:57:53 PM (reads: 27057, responses: 0)
this week in class we finsihed consructing the bottles. it was long tedious work polking holes, drilling, ect. If u are reading this my advice was to not put a lot of tape on because you are going to have to then take it right off. We then set up our decomposing section with wet strands of newspaper on the bottom with dried leaves, banana peels( a good source of nitrogen), and 6 red wiggler worms. The worms did not seem much active, almost scared when we put them in. We tried to give them a good home. Next week we will look forward to constructing other sections of our ecocolum.

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user cacjchap@n... - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
4/28/03; 1:58:43 PM (reads: 27113, responses: 0)
this week in class we finsihed consructing the bottles. it was long tedious work polking holes, drilling, ect. If u are reading this my advice was to not put a lot of tape on because you are going to have to then take it right off. We then set up our decomposing section with wet strands of newspaper on the bottom with dried leaves, banana peels( a good source of nitrogen), and 6 red wiggler worms. The worms did not seem much active, almost scared when we put them in. We tried to give them a good home. Next week we will look forward to constructing other sections of our ecocolum.

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user Laura - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
4/28/03; 6:12:42 PM (reads: 27074, responses: 0)
this week in class our group finished poking holes in the bottle. After, we started our decomposition section, but we realized we put way too much soil in the section. Besides the soil, dead leaves, worms, and banana peels and apple cores, what else should we put in, because i dont think we have enough things to put into the section. Also,we still dont know what plants to put into our land section. If you have any ideas please inform us. Thanks!

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user gabe@g... - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
4/28/03; 6:38:19 PM (reads: 27100, responses: 0)
Our Group, Gabe S., Sara H., and Sadie N. put the finnishing touches on our eco-column this week. Onece that was done, we worked on our decomosition section. We finished that at the end of our class on Friday, so we have to do our land section Tuesday. We are thinking of planting a little bit of everything becasue we don't know which seeds would do the best in the enviornment in our eco-column.

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user Sophia Harris-Dyer - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
4/29/03; 9:05:16 AM (reads: 27126, responses: 0)
Group 2 Week 1 This week my group (me, Emma G., and Scott S.) found some useful info on our ecocolumn. We found that the type of snail that would work best for us was the pulmonate pond snail. This is because this type of snail eats Elodea (a plant that Mr. B will give to us), and becasue there will not be enough O2 in the water to have a non pulmonate snail. Also, we picked this snail because it will be easy to find at the pond we are going to go to. We still have found no info on the type of spyder we are going to use. Sophia

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user Lilrubin33@a... - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
4/30/03; 10:55:12 AM (reads: 27226, responses: 1)
Our group constructed our eco column this week. We set up our decompositon section and our land section. We put 5 red-wiggler worms in our decomposition area. After a few days, we got a sweet earthy smell. But after an accident our land and decomposition areas collided and we must build them both again. This time we will add more tape. Our group even more about the organisms we are putting in our ecosystem when we researched them for homework.

some good advice for everyone: make sure you tape it well and make sure that your ecosystem is sturdy before add anything to it.

Remember adding water to your soil makes it a lot heavier!

Also wheat and corn have to be seperated because they require totally different amounts of water.

Write back we could use some good info. Thanks



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user Lilrubin33@a... - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
4/30/03; 10:57:13 AM (reads: 27286, responses: 0)
Hey everyone

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user Lilrubin33@a... - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
4/30/03; 11:09:58 AM (reads: 27234, responses: 0)
hey eberyone. if u look up by accident i posted a response under Jake Chaplin name. It is for the group of Sonya, Steven, and Leah. I accidentaly was logged in as Jake. Sorry for the confusion and sorry to Jake Chaplin's group.

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user John Baglio - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
4/30/03; 12:19:32 PM (reads: 27515, responses: 0)
Dear S, S and L,

I don't know if you still want any suggestions but here are a few for the land section.

Plant 5-6 seeds spaced out around the perimeter of the land bottle. Label where the plants are on the outside of the bottle with a sharpie. Include which type of plant is where.

Water evenly to keep the soil moist but not soaking.

That's it for now.

Mr. B

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user bballswoosh90@m... - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
4/30/03; 1:43:51 PM (reads: 27214, responses: 0)
this week our group put together the decomposition and land sections. We've got some percalation going on too! yesterday we went outside and found worms, larvae, centipedes and nematodes. We named the larvae ugly beans and the centipede Legs! Oh and u can't 4get about Reginald the potato, Philip the banana, and Steve and Raphiel the apples. They r 4 our decomposition section. In our land section we planted corn, 2 wheat seeds, raddish and a bean. We hope they grow big and strong! l8er yo KC Lizzie and Julia!

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user Billy Shapiro - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
4/30/03; 9:11:10 PM (reads: 27162, responses: 1)
Billy/Jeremy group 6 diary 4 This week we finished building our decomp and land sections, we're all done except for adding some orange peels(which are sitting in my kitchen) to our decomp section. We have one little sprout in our land area (wheat). Now we just have our care sheets due mon. I think my group needs to go outside more and get more worms, i hear some g band groups have like 20. thats all.

Billy

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user cartoon61@e... - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
5/1/03; 7:22:28 PM (reads: 27620, responses: 1)
A band group 5 (Nuni, Judy, Wylie) This week we added a fourth bottle to our ecocolumn. It made our land level bigger, but it makes our ecocolumn tilt. We put in our land and decomposition levels in too. We put worms in each level. We only planted wheat seeds so we would always be sure what kind of plant it was. Our land level started to sink, so we taped it. We have not been watering too much, but we have a "sweet earthy smell." We have decided to get a pond snail, and a spider.

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user Lilrubin33@a... - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
5/3/03; 11:30:34 AM (reads: 27369, responses: 0)
This week Sonya Leah and I ran into sort of a problem. By accident we put too much water in where there wasn't enough support and the land section fell into the decompositon section. Luckily, we were able to bounce right back and set up our land section. We are also working on our caresheets. I have been having a little bit of trouble finding info about wheat so if anyone could recomend a good site abotut planting wheat that would be great. Thanks again.

P.S. Sonya left some very good advice if u look up. read it. it will help u out. - Sonya Sackner Berstein, Steven Rubin, and Leah Silver

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user Sadie N. - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
5/3/03; 2:44:00 PM (reads: 27331, responses: 0)
I (Sadie) was looking for the information about the due dates for eco-column stuff. I would appreciate it if Mr. Baglio (or anyone else who had success in finding it)could tell me where to go. Thanks! Sadie N.

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user bmhl10@n... - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
5/4/03; 4:54:41 PM (reads: 27389, responses: 0)
Our group, Adam, Rebecca and Ben, asembled our decomposition and land units. We also started to assemble our water unit. We ran into trouble with the doors into the ecocolumn, which were covered with cloth. The cloth is permeable, and so water drips through. This coming week we are planning to replace the doors with bottle plastic. We hope we can use Mr. Baglio's spare bottle. Also, we are assembling our animals. Our praying mantises will soon be ready to hatch. We have lady bugs. We also have fruit flies, which we believe are Drospophilia melangaster, but want to check with you after reading an earlier email. We also have a snail and worms. We did research this week on these animals. We also are assembling our fungi. We are growing mold on an orange peel at home that I will bring into school on Tuesday. We also are growing wheat, mustard and corn. We did Internet research on these plants. On green algae, we are not sure whether the scientific name is Sagittaria subulata. On the care sheets, we designed a form for collecting information that let's us organize the needs of the organisms. Submitted by Ben.

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user Laura - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
5/4/03; 6:13:52 PM (reads: 27162, responses: 0)
does anyone know of good websites to search scientific names? if so please tell me. Thanks!

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user Billy Shapiro - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
5/4/03; 7:50:47 PM (reads: 27319, responses: 0)
This week (5 or 6 not sure) our group (#6) finished the building of our two top sections. we put in our bannana and orange peels and our wheat sprouts are growing nicely. i just finished my care sheets but i couldn't find the scientific name of soil mold. Also i didn't find the exact space needs of wheat so i took an educated guess. Billy

p.s. sadie, if you look at the home page under the picture of mr. b there is a link to the due dates

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user Lexistar333@a... - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
5/4/03; 9:03:54 PM (reads: 27362, responses: 0)
This weekend (5/3-5/4), I visited specific habitats where I thought I would be able to locate organisms for our ecosystem. A wooded area with cascading streams, I located salamanders,two snails, and several other insects in Englewood, NJ, minutes from New York City.

Finding these organisms were not as easy as I had thought. But I reasoned it would be easier the day after it rained, when these creatures would be less conpicuous. They are not easy to spot. But I had faith, and kept looking. I searched under many rocks by the stream, and eventually found many creatures.

I placed them in an aerated jar and rushed them home. I purchased food for them, and have been keeping them warm and well fed so they can survive the transfer to our ecosystem.

Our group (alexa m., emma k., and laura s) have divided the work we have to do to complete the care sheet. Laura is working on information about decompositon while Emma is completing the top layer. I have almost completed the aquatic level with the help of these sites: http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/accounts/eurycea/e._bislineata$media.html & http://www.torontozoo.com/adoptapond/guide/mudpuppy.html.

After studying many salamanders known to be found in our area, I have identified the salamanders I found as Northern Two-Lined Salamanders (Eurycea bislineata). I have more details about them on the care sheet.

Does anyone happen to have any suggestions or websites I can visit to get more info on the snails I've found? If so, please contact me. -Alexa

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user scott schoninger - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
5/4/03; 10:34:08 PM (reads: 27365, responses: 0)
Scott Schoninger

Scott, Emma, Sophia group 2 a-band, week 5 (I think), 5/4

At the start of the week we continued to work on our decomposing section, trying to solve our water flow problem. When we pour water in through the top the water often drips out of the sides because the holes connecting the land to the decomposing section were too low and too few. Last week we were still trying to solve this problem but this week we have pretty much come to the conclusion that we need to spray water through the decomposer door. We also were having difficulty putting on the top to the land section. We were pointing it up so that the land section would be bigger but it proved to be too hard, so we are now putting on the top pointing down onto the land section. This also makes it easier to water because we poked holes in the top so now we just fill it up a little with water and it drips down, like most groups are doing especially with the double bottle land section. When we went outside we found several organisms. We found an earthworm, an ant, a millipede, some soil mold and beetle larva but we only put the earthworm and the millipede. The newspaper has been eaten slowly so we have inferred that the small decomposing organisms are thriving. The rest of the week we had several class discussions and worked on our care sheets. I don't think I need to discuss the class discussions because everyone had them but I will state what is on our care sheets. When the construction started we were not completely ready so we began our care sheets and got a few done. These were the fruit fly, the pond snail and the red wiggler worms. We had six remaining so we divided them up, giving each member of our group two. At the end of the week we discussed what the purpose of the eco-column project is and compiled a list, which finished the week.

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user John Baglio - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
5/5/03; 2:53:04 PM (reads: 27397, responses: 0)
Billy and Jeremy,

Don't forget to measure the sprouts and track their growth in future DDD's.

Mr. B

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user Judy - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
5/5/03; 8:10:02 PM (reads: 27416, responses: 1)
Judy F, Michaela, Richard A-Band Week 5 5/5

This week we finished constructing our Eco-Column. When we got back from the weekend last Monday, everything had dried up and our worms had died. We didn't really understand what happened but we figure now that it was that the newspaper in the decomposition section wasn't wet enough. As we were trying to fix this in the last few minutes of class on Monday, our whole structure falls apart. We hafta completely take it apart and plan on rebuilding the whole thing again on Tuesday. Tuesday we rebuild it all, put fresh soil in, put 5 new worms in and plant seeds. We plant corn and wheat seeds. Our group then waters the whole structure in hope that it won't fall apart again. On Wednesday, our Ecocolumn is doing fine except for one worm which has made its way into the aquatic section and drowned. That is a problem because we don't understand how it got down there which shows us that there has got to be a hole somewhere big enough for a worm to crawl through. On Thursday we split up the care sheet roles and we complete them this weekend. Caresheets are very challenging because if you make a mistake on something it isn't just a mistake in an essay or something it could effect many living things which makes everyone very cautious about the information they put in. We handed in our caresheets today.

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user Lexistar333@a... - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
5/5/03; 9:48:47 PM (reads: 27114, responses: 1)
An magnificant site to visit on earthworms: http://www.nysite.com/nature/fauna/earthworm.htm

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user John Baglio - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
5/6/03; 10:58:42 AM (reads: 27454, responses: 0)
Alexa,

Thanks for the post. It looks like a really high quality site. Just remember, the worms we got from the compost bin are red wigglers (Eisenia foetida) slightly different from the garden variety earth worm.

mr. B

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user Lilrubin33@a... - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
5/6/03; 7:31:37 PM (reads: 27340, responses: 1)
Today Sonya and I watered the plants. We found out that our holes could of been drilled a little bit bigger because there was only a few drips of water trickeling through into our land section. We are starting to get some wheat and corn growing and the land section and also the decomposition section. It was an accident that I put seeds in the decomposition section but it actually might help. A good way to look at it is there will be more food to be broken down by the worms and other decomposers. It is a good experiment to see if plant life is good or bad to have in a decompositon section. Next some good news is the following. We inserted about a week ago about 6 pieces of banana peel into the decompositon section. I have not been able to find any of the remains of it. I am thinking that it could of been decommposed by the red wigglers which demonstrates that one, the worms are being provided with food to carry out life processes, and two the soil is starting to get more decomposed. Decomposing the soil is good because it give more food for the organism but also gives the soil a good earthy smell from the nutrients in the fresh soil. I am not sure if i should add any more fruit peels. Could someone write back and tell me. The last thing i would like to talk about is watering the decompositon section. I am not sure if we are watering sufficient enough. If anyone want to answer our question is: Is it okay if we just sprits in the decomposition section a little bit. We have been doing this because we did not think the decmomposition section would need a lot of water. This is as opposed to pouring water into the land section through the holes.

Thanks again and please respond : Steven Rubin, Sonya Sackner Berstein, and Leah Silver

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user bmhl10@n... - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
5/6/03; 9:20:02 PM (reads: 27110, responses: 2)
Here is a list sites that might help different teams.

Earthworm www.urbanest.uiuc.net http://www.sarep.ucdavis.edu/worms/

Beetle larvae www.uky.edu

Millipedes http://ohioonline.osi.edu http://www.naturepeak.com/ysmillip.htm http://www.landerspestcontrol.com/Millipede.htm

Praying mantids Prayingmantids.com

Sweet corn http://www.ag.usask.ca/cofa/departments/hort/hortinfo/veg.growing.html

Radish http://www.urbanest.uiuc.edu.veggies/radish1.html

Ladybugs http://www.nysaes.cornell.edu/ent/biocontrol/predators/ladybintro.html insects.unmz.lsa.umich.edu/MES...

Apple snail www.applesnail.net/

Snail http://members.tripod.com/arnobrosi/snail.html

Fruit fly http://www.ceolas.org/VL/fly/ www.cdfa.ca.gov

Orange mold http://www.3dham.com/microgallery/ojmold.html http://chppon-www.apgea.army.mil/mold/ http://www.urbanest.uiuc.edu/veggies/mustard1.html

Green algae www.sarepta.org/en/nsw.gov.au

Aphid http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/greenhouse/pest/bdaphid.html http://enm29.entm.purdue.edu/acorn.aspx?pest=Aphid http://www.earthlife.net/insects/aphids.html

Ben Loffredo

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user John Baglio - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
5/6/03; 10:14:23 PM (reads: 27518, responses: 1)
Great job with the links. For the University of Kentucky link is there more information on where on the site the beetle larvae information is located?

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user John Baglio - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
5/6/03; 10:18:53 PM (reads: 27380, responses: 0)
Steven, Sonya and Leah,

It is great that the banana has decomposed so quickly. I actually think it is a little too quick. Are you sure that it isn't in there somewhere? If not then you have created a pretty effective decomposition section so far.

Mr. B

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user John Baglio - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
5/6/03; 10:27:18 PM (reads: 27422, responses: 0)
Nice job! Check-plus.

Mr. B.

p.s. Your last sentence is very true. However, there are some spotty parts of your care sheets that need some work. You are well on your way to completing them, though.

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user John Baglio - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
5/6/03; 10:29:08 PM (reads: 27002, responses: 0)
Jeremy sent me these sites. They might help some of you...

http://www.theaquariumexchange.com/anacharis.html that is the site that i used to find the ph levels

http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wq/plants/native/elodea.html and i also used that site to find out other things.

http://www.nysite.com/nature/fauna/earthworm.htm i think that i used that for the earth worms thanks bye

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user bmhl10@n... - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
5/8/03; 7:53:22 AM (reads: 27647, responses: 0)
Hi, The beetle larvae site is:

http://www.uky.edu/Agriculture/Entomology/ythfacts/4h/unit3/beetlar.htm

I have a question about the worms we are using. What is the difference between a red wriggler with the science name Eisenia foetida and a red wriggler with the science name Lumbricus rubellus? I've looked at these sites to get information about red wrigglers:

http://davesgarden.com/terms/go/730/

http://www.mos.org/cst/article/1597/20.html

http://www.planetnatural.com/earthwormsinst.html

http://www.sarep.ucdavis.edu/worms/profile5.htm

Thank you, Ben L, Group 2

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user jakeps@a... - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
5/8/03; 10:04:11 AM (reads: 27177, responses: 0)
This is a very good site for insect information and beetle larvae information

http://www.forensic-entomology.com/beetle.htm

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user Lexistar333@a... - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
5/8/03; 10:06:22 AM (reads: 27107, responses: 0)
Below is a great site for research on any animals:

http://www.elismorrowsch.com/classroomnews/sciweb45.htm

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user jakeps@a... - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
5/8/03; 10:14:28 AM (reads: 27343, responses: 0)
DDD: Chandler, Jim, Mel

5/6: We have a few seeds planted. There are multiple unidentified monocots in the decomposition section. We built our aquarium level.

5/7: Plants continue to grow in decomposition section. Plants are barely sprouting in the land level, though.

5/8: Soil seems to be clogging airholes!? This occured in the decomposition section. We have been able to prevent this by means of poking the airholes with the tack.

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user Steven Trambert - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
5/8/03; 2:45:03 PM (reads: 27220, responses: 0)
WDD Group 4 (Steven, Simmone, Sarah)

This week we worked mostly on our caresheets. We handed in our first drafts, got them back, redid them and handed them in again. We also replenished our decomp. section with orange peels. Our land section plants grew substantially. We've decided to expand the land section so that the plants won't be so cramped and to hold our lizzard. We plan to do that next week.

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user Sophia Harris-Dyer - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
5/8/03; 2:48:50 PM (reads: 27572, responses: 0)
Group 2 Sophia Harris-Dyer Scott Schoninger Emma Gabriner Week 6 5/8/03

This week we mainly observed our Ecocolumn. On the first day, we saw that there were 3 long, green 7.75 cm stalks of wheat and 1 short one that was about 1 cm. On the next day, we saw that all of the stalks had grown about 1 cm and that there was really no progress in the decomposition section. We wondered if all of our worms had died. We decided that we would wait until later in the week to see if there was any progress to start checking for the worms. On the last day of the week, we noticed that the wheat had grown to about 12.7 cm and that the short one was only 2.54 cm. We decided that maybe we should try turning the plant towards the sunlight to help it grow. We also decided that we would, instead of making a larger land section, we would train the wheat to curl. That day we also chopped up half an orange peel into 2.54 cm pieces and put it into the decomposition section. On this day, we noticed that there was some extra dirt in the decomposition so now we think that our worms are making progress. Throughout the week we watered the top section and the middle section. We also aerated the decomposition area. Every day we changed the water in the aquatic section. And, throughout the week our decomposition area had a very sweet earthy smell. One day this week we went to the science fair but on the other days we were observing our ecocolumn. This week, we also finished off our care sheets so we can understand how to take care of our organisms.

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user jeremy - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
5/8/03; 2:54:30 PM (reads: 27544, responses: 1)
Jeremy Wittenberg and billy shapiro group six a band wdd six

this week we finished our care sheets and completley finished the construction of our eco collumn. The wheet in our land section is literally going through the roof. my partner and i realized if the wheat was pushing against the roof then the wheat might not grow. So my parter and i put the wheat through the holes on the top of the roof. Our expirement worked and our wheat is now 7 inches tall. We also put in the water and gravel for our water section. In our decomposing section there is mold on the orange peels. But there is one wheat that is a lot smaller so my partner and i decided to make an expiremen. We put the wheat that wasn't growing most directly infront of the window so the sun would hit it and would be able to photosynthesize and grow.

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user Leahsilv1@a... - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
5/8/03; 2:54:48 PM (reads: 27539, responses: 0)
Sonya, Steven and Leah (5-8-03) Our plants in the decomposition area are larger than the plants in our top layer. We watered both sections equally so we aren't sure why that is. The heights of the plants in the land section are: 11,11,11,11,3,4,7,7 centimeters. We were having trouble because there weren't enough water holes so even water was hard to get through the top. Sonya and I poked more holes in the top so the water would come through more easy and it would now have the real "rain effect" that we were hoping for. We watered our decomposition layer by spraying water through the door in the decomposition level. The next day we came back and started breaking the orange peels that Sonya had brought in. A good tip for decomposition fruit peels is to cut them to make the surface area greater. Our decomposition section is working very well. We noticed that because our banana peels had decomposed very quickly. When we added water (we had added too much)and the water started leaking through the tape that was holding everything together. The soil will start to get clumpy if you overwater it. Luckily, we were able to recover this by lowering the level of the soil. Now we can see the top of the soda can which shows that there is a balance in the level of the soil. A balance in the level of the soil is important because it shows the constant amount of water that needs to be put in. We got our caresheets back and a tip is; give a temperature range because just saying it is "warm" or "cold" is not a sufficient amount of information. ;-)

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user Judbuggy@a... - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
5/8/03; 7:41:52 PM (reads: 27516, responses: 0)
This week group 5 (Judy A. Nuni, and Wylie) made a lot of progress. On may 7th, we decided to plant 3 more wheat plants. By then all 4 of our previously planted ones had come up, and by the next day, a 5th (one of the ones planted on the 7th) had come up. We also decided to replace the cap from the decomposition level to the water level. We used to have a bottle cap with tack holes punched in it, but this did not filter the water well so we decided to replace it. Instead we put a piece of a bandana. As we saw from the other group, this not only filtered the water better, benifitting the snail a lot, but it will make it a lot easier to observe the level once the we move the water in. We found an almost dead worm in the cap when we removed it, but we succesfully returned it to it's home in Decomposition, and it sped away. Thursday, May 8th, we prepared the water level for the pond snail and the elodea. We put in gravel, and on the side of the bottle drew marks for every 100 ml of water. After putting in 600 ml of water, we decided to get a strainer and pour it all out. We did this so that we could rinse all of the dirt and dust off of the gravel and once we put the gravel and 600 ml of water back in, it was ready for the elodea and snail to move in. Aside from that, our decomposition has a "sweet earthy smell", and Thursday the 8th we put in banana and orange peel. This will help the decomposition process, and hopefully bring in fruit flies. Everything is going great for Group #5, and everything has smoothed out after our small mishaps (over watering and flooding) in the beginning. -Judy A.

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user Lilrubin33@a... - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
5/8/03; 8:39:56 PM (reads: 27596, responses: 0)
Hey Mr. Baglio.. I have a question. If our group got a check do we still have to make corrections on the caresheet

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user Laura - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
5/9/03; 2:08:54 PM (reads: 27184, responses: 0)
This week our group laura, emma and alexa found that our bean seed wasn't growing,so we decided to plant another corn seed. We finshed our care sheets earlier this week, so we are almost ready to put our animals in. Last weekend, Alexa was able to find a snail and 3 salamanders to put into our eco-column. Last Wedsnesday, a spider appeared in our top layer of the column, but unfortunately it disapeared the next day. --Laura

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user gabe@g... - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
5/9/03; 2:16:45 PM (reads: 27480, responses: 0)
This week our group Sadie, Sara and Gabe made a lot of progress. We planted way too many seeds which grew very quickly. A few roots pushed the tape away so they could grow longer. As a result of this water leaked out. We put marks on the sides of the land and water sections in order to measure the height of the plants and the volume of water. We put chopped up babanna in the decomposition section. We washed our aquatic section and found that the gravel smelled horrible. We washed it with soap and water. Even though we put holes in all of the right places, there is not that much perculation going on. The average temp. for this week was around 70 degrees. And we started to take consistant DDDs.

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user julesmh428@a... - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
5/9/03; 2:20:53 PM (reads: 27563, responses: 0)
YO, this week our group, KC Lizzie and Julia did lots of fun stuff! Since the water in our aquatic section was smelling kinda funky we decided to change it. We used the super cool pumper which didn't end up working too well but was fun anyway (Lizzie and KC had fun pretending to be surgeons pumping someone's stomache!). Oh and FYI our bean, Mervin, has grown upside down, who'd thunk it?!?! Word. Everything's going well, we did finish our care sheets so that's a plus :0)! keep it real, <3 KC Lizzie n' JJ! (aka or as u all know her, we hope Julia).

PS Lizzie is wearing really cool earings!

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user nicknaka1@a... - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
5/9/03; 2:23:36 PM (reads: 27469, responses: 0)
Jake, Jake , Ikuno week-6 This week our group started taking our daily data diary. Our plants(the wheat, mustard) are growing fast especially the wheat. We are almost done with our caresheets, we just have to type them and make them look presentable. We have not really found many good sites recently. We are having leakage through our tape. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what we can do to solve this problem? Thanks, Jake c. (group 1-gband)

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user bmhl10@n... - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
5/9/03; 2:33:13 PM (reads: 27566, responses: 0)
This week our group Ben,Adam , and Becky acomplished a lot. For a starter we handed in our finished care sheet, We made our preying mantisis have a better enviormetn by adding two sticks to our land section, and attempted to test our water for specimens. Our water was smelling funny so we would change it every day. On Thursday in addition to changing the water we cleaned the gravel because every day we would go to our ecocolums finding dirty water. On Friday we returned to our ecoclum and found that the water was dirty so we decided to test the water. Although we tried everything to make the lens see something besides a black and gray blur we could not succeed.

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user John Baglio - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
5/11/03; 8:28:31 PM (reads: 27909, responses: 0)
Good idea with putting the plant facing the light. Inches? Inches? I don't know what those are. Are they like centimeters?

Mr. B

;-)

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user mballentyne@n... - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
5/11/03; 11:32:02 PM (reads: 27823, responses: 0)
This week, our group Richard, Judy, and Michaela did mostly observing. We continued to water our E.C. When we made our observations, we noticed that the plants grew a lot. They're green and just sprouting/budding. The corn seeds turned into long and green sprouts. The wheat seeds turned into small darker green sprouts that have a top that looks similar to a clover. The aquatic section is filling up with water fairly fast. It looks like there are lots of nutrient particles in the water from the soil above. The newspaper strips are not decomposing very well, and the worms are tucked up somewhere. There are six main plants. They look close to about three to five inches. The soil that they are growing in, has a really fresh and earthy smell to it. However, this week we had one accident (which happened to be a major one). One of our group members accidently turned the E.C. upside down, so that all of the water from the aquatic section flooded down through out the rest of the body. This was obviously unfortunate. However, there was also a fortunate side to this situation. Since we had to take everything apart, we were able to see the worms, and how they were functioning. We found our worms curled up in a wet leaf. They were in the process of digesting part of the leaf, and we saw the parts that they ate, but also one could see the food actually passing through their bodies. At the end of the week, we started to reconstruct parts that were ruined (as well as adding a handful of gravel to the aquatic section). For the upcoming week, we plan to fix our leaking problem, and hopefully add more organisms. Another big thing that we worked on this week, was our care sheets. These are to help us understand the needs of our organisms, and how we can make it so that they can physically function on their own without our help. We plan to keep on adding to our care sheets until we get a full approval, and are ready to move on to the next step.

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user jimz - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
5/12/03; 5:46:54 PM (reads: 27420, responses: 0)
Jim, Chandler, Melanie This week, we've made progress in building our ecocolumn. All our sections are done. The weird thing is that there seems to be a plant growing in our decomposition unit. It seems that a seed from the collected soil outside has gotten into our ecocolumn. They seem to be growing better than the plants in our land section. The nutrients from the soil probably caused it.

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user Billy Shapiro - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
5/15/03; 10:37:18 PM (reads: 27306, responses: 0)
Wdd 7 group 6 Jeremy wittenberg and Billy Shapiro

Our Eco-columm is going great! 4 out of the 5 wheat plants are a whomping nine inches tall. And although the fifth one is growing slwoly, it is growing 3 and a quarter inches as of today. Our decomposition section has a sweet earthy smell and lots of mold is growing on the orange peels. We didn't have any fruit flies as of yesterday so we put in some pinapple skins courtesy of mr. B. We put in our elodea and it seems to be anchored in and growing nicely. Mon. we went to the pond but unfortunately we didn't find any snails. However the cookies were good. By the way mr. B. every inch is 2.54 centimeters so when we say 9 inches we mean 22.86 centimeters. Natural cycles are going well, so far we have covered nitrogen, water, and the carbon dioxide cycle. That's all for now. Billy

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user gabe@g... - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
5/16/03; 2:04:23 PM (reads: 27415, responses: 0)
This week our group, Gabe, Sara, and Sadie made a lot of progress. This week we got a goldfish and a green anole. We made a trip to the pond to get algae. We planted three stalks of elodea. We put pineapple in our decomp. section because we hoped it would have fly eggs. The only question we have is if the anole and goldfish will get enough food. We have goldfish food, but we don't have anything to give the anole, so our only hope is the flies from the pineapple.

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user jimz - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
5/16/03; 2:11:06 PM (reads: 27285, responses: 0)
Jim, Mel, Cahndler We put bananas in our decomposition section. Somehow, red ants have gotten into our decomposition section. They seem to have been attracted by the scent of the banana. Its very strange, but we can proceed with our project. We are also redoing our Care Sheets, this time focusing on specifics.

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user jimz - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
5/16/03; 2:11:19 PM (reads: 27028, responses: 0)
Jim, Mel, Cahndler We put bananas in our decomposition section. Somehow, red ants have gotten into our decomposition section. They seem to have been attracted by the scent of the banana. Its very strange, but we can proceed with our project. We are also redoing our Care Sheets, this time focusing on specifics.

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user bballswoosh90@m... - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
5/16/03; 2:14:36 PM (reads: 27222, responses: 0)
This week (KC, Lizzie, and Julia) continued to water our plants and make daily observations. One of our beans in the land section has grown upside down as we told you last week. (Sadie, Sara, and Gabe are having the same problem.) We did a little bit of research and it is called tropism. Phototropism is when the plant grows towards the sun which all plants do. That is why they are always tilting. Gravitropism is when the plant grows towards gravity. We think this is what is happening in our eco-columns. Now, our bean is starting to grow mold, just a little bit. We added pineapple because no flies were being produced but our banana is totally black, it has molded a lot. Our apple is very green and black too. The pineapple hasn't started to grow mold yet though. We planted the elodea in our aquatic section and at first, it wasn't staying but now KC bravely replanted it and it is standing tall now. We aren't going to change the water again until we put our organisms in it. We went to the pond but we didn't find anything there except pond water. We handed in our care sheets and made a few corrections and now we are ready to buy all of our organisms from the pet store! We should have made a larger land section because our plants, though growing green and strong, are starting to bend over because they don't have enough space to grow. We haven't even seen our worms or larvae since we put them in our compost but we hope they are still there. Some of our roots from the plants in the decomposition section grew through the tape going all the way down to the aquatic section! We could see it growing through the side.

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user Laura - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
5/16/03; 2:14:37 PM (reads: 27221, responses: 0)
This week, our group put 3 salamanders into our eco column. It was really hard, but we accoplished it. Earlier in the week, we went to a nearby pond to get the pond water for our eco column. We planted our eldeoa, even though, some of us had alergic reactions to it. The only animals that we still need to put in, are our spider and minows.

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user Laura - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
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user bballswoosh90@m... - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
5/16/03; 2:14:59 PM (reads: 27563, responses: 0)
This week (KC, Lizzie, and Julia) continued to water our plants and make daily observations. One of our beans in the land section has grown upside down as we told you last week. (Sadie, Sara, and Gabe are having the same problem.) We did a little bit of research and it is called tropism. Phototropism is when the plant grows towards the sun which all plants do. That is why they are always tilting. Gravitropism is when the plant grows towards gravity. We think this is what is happening in our eco-columns. Now, our bean is starting to grow mold, just a little bit. We added pineapple because no flies were being produced but our banana is totally black, it has molded a lot. Our apple is very green and black too. The pineapple hasn't started to grow mold yet though. We planted the elodea in our aquatic section and at first, it wasn't staying but now KC bravely replanted it and it is standing tall now. We aren't going to change the water again until we put our organisms in it. We went to the pond but we didn't find anything there except pond water. We handed in our care sheets and made a few corrections and now we are ready to buy all of our organisms from the pet store! We should have made a larger land section because our plants, though growing green and strong, are starting to bend over because they don't have enough space to grow. We haven't even seen our worms or larvae since we put them in our compost but we hope they are still there. Some of our roots from the plants in the decomposition section grew through the tape going all the way down to the aquatic section! We could see it growing through the side. We gotta go learn about water testing, catch ya later!

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user nicknaka1@a... - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
5/16/03; 2:18:39 PM (reads: 26897, responses: 0)
week7 Jake Jake and Ikuno This week we have concentrated on our care sheets in order to better the chances of organisms to live. This week we planted 2 elodea plants and planted beans that have not yet sprouted. We found an inchworm and put it in our land section. We have not yet put an organism in our water section. We still have not finished our care sheets. But some of our caresheets are done and have been checked by Mr. Baglio

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user bmhl10@n... - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
5/16/03; 2:34:58 PM (reads: 26920, responses: 0)
This week, ourecocolumn is improving greatly. Our decomposition is going very well. It is totlay brown, and several plants are growing in the decomposition. We have added two elodia plants and a snail. THey are both thriving. Many microorganisims are growing in our water section. Oru plants are growing to 15 - 29 cm tall. Our manti are set to hatch within the next few days.

Ben Loffredo, Adam Dicterow, Rebecca Liss - grop two

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user dreamgrl446@n... - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
5/16/03; 7:47:16 PM (reads: 27367, responses: 0)
This week our group (leah, sonya, steven group 1 a band) went to Indian Pond. We found 3 dead pond snails, and could not find any alive ones. Our group came back to class with just some pond water. (question: are we going to put the water in our ecocolumns? what are we going to do with it?) We planted elodea in our water section this week as well. We had to both cut the elodea and raise the water level for them to fit. We rooted them in, and at first they would not stay. They only stayed after we anchored them in with an-untwisted-paper clip and added some more rocks. We observed and recorded regularly, and have observed many things. Our plants in the land section are thriving and are growing rapidly. Our plants in the decomposition are also continue to thrive. Most days we have accidentally watered our ecocolumn too much. WE continue to forget to measure the amount of water we put in. At points there is a layer of water visible under the soil. We had one minor accident this week. One of our group members tilted our ecocolumn when s/he was measuring the plants. As a result, the rocks gathered on one side and the tediously-planted elodea were unrooted. It turned out okay though, as we rooted them back in afterwards. We also have seen fruit flies in our ecocolumn!! we see little black dots on our decomposing orange and banana peels which are supposedly fruit flies. But we have not yet gotten a predator for the fruit fly. (We're planning to get a garden spider). And we must get the garden spider soon or else the fruit flies will go wild. Once there are many fruitflies does anyone know how we will open the door to the decomposition section to water/spray it? will all of the fruit flies fly out when we do this? thanks

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user Sophia Harris-Dyer - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
5/17/03; 5:30:48 PM (reads: 26800, responses: 0)
Group 2, A Band, Sophia Harris-dyer, Emma Gabriner, Scott Schroninger (is that how you spell it?)

This week, our group observed our ecocolumn and went to Indian Pond. The first day of this week, we measured our wheat and found that the tallest was 14cm and the smallest was 10cm. While observing our decompostition area, we saw some white string-like substance weaving its way through the section. At first we thought that it was soil fungi but later we realized that there was a possibility that it was just wet newspaper. We decided that it would be best if we left the top off the land section because our wheat was getting squished. We decided to continue this untill we noticed fruit flies. The next day we went to Indian Pond. We saw a turtle lying on the rock and a lot of snail shells. We took samples of the water to find out what organisms are in it. We did not see any organisms in the samples and we asked Mr. Baglio about that. He said that there was probably larvacide in the water so that there wouldn't be many mosquitos because of the West Nile disease. We thought that this was a very plausable answer. The next day we found that our tallest wheat was 16 cm and the smallest was 14cm. There was definitely more dirt in the decomposition section on this day. We also noticed that there was less newspaper. This led us to the conclusion that our worms and microorganisms were doing their job. We tried to fill our aquatic section up with water on this day but found that we had used two different parts of a bottle for this section so it leaked a lot. On the next day, we brought in a replacement bottle for the aquatic section. We took off the lable on this day and decided to cut and use the bottle on Monday. We noticed that our tallest wheat was 16 cm long and our smallest had stayed at 14. The decomposition process had progressed because there was even more dirt and less leaves and newspaper. Throughout the week we watered the top and middle sections until they were moist. The decomposition section was sweet, earthy and citrussy becuase of the orange peel we put in. Also, thoughout, there were no worms or fruit flies visible.

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user nunerbooners@a... - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
5/18/03; 10:21:11 PM (reads: 26966, responses: 0)
this week our group (nuni , judy a, and wylie) Went to indian pond and got water samples. We tried to look for a pond snail to put in our eco clolumn but we couldnt find any. Then later we decided that we might want to put guppies in our eco-column because hey would be a little more interesting to observe , so we reasearched them and we figured out that they eat elodea AND meat which we didn't want to put in our water section and that the other groups guppies had died so it wasn't as great an idea as we thought it would be. Then we planted elodea into our water section. While we were planting it Judy found a pond snail to put in our eco column so we put it in. so far it is ok. We have been watering daily and our banana and orange peels are turning green which we hope is ok. Our plants are growing rapidly but we still dont have any fruit flys. We hope to have them by the end of this week, so we can put in the spider. We will probably just get the spider from outside if we can find it or from a pet store.Our decomp section is smelling very citrusy and we can see that the worms are leaving poop in the decomp section and the land section. So far 8 out of 8 plants have sprouted.Anyway thats it for now! -group 5

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user RIchie - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
5/18/03; 10:39:03 PM (reads: 27069, responses: 0)
A band group 3 Judy F, Richard FW, Michaela S

This week we accomplished a great deal on our eco column, and learned a lot about the water cycle. After putting two drops of water into the decomposition level, our eco column collapsed, but because of this, just as a broken bone heals to be stronger than it was to begin with, we were forced to rebuild our eco column and in the process we made the eco column straight upwards as apposed to having a tilt. We watched a video about elodea; it is one of the more interesting plants because of its ability to grow without being rooted into the ground. Elodea¢â¡Ás scientific name is Elodea Canadensis, like Canada, which means that it would survive the best in cold or average temperatures, from about 45 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit. We planted elodea in our water section; the way to plant the elodea is to measure the water level, cut the end length 1cm shorter than the water depth, remove 1-2 whorls of leaves from the bottom of the stem, hollow out a small depression in the gravel, root the elodea in the hole, and then cover up the root end. We went to the pond to collect pond water, we tried to get water from the bottom of the pond, from the middle, and from the surface, we might look under the microscope to see the difference between the pond water and purified water. (While walking back from the pond we visited Billy house. We then taped up our eco column so there were no leaks. We had a lesson on all the cycles including the water cycle, and how much water was usable in the world, we found this to be very small, but we then discovered that the water was constantly being recycled, and that every living thing present or past had come in contact with all water in the world. We also, at the end of the day on Thursday learned a special water cycle dance

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user Steven Trambert - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
5/20/03; 10:05:08 AM (reads: 26825, responses: 0)
Group 4 (Steven, Sarah and simmone) WDD week 7 This week we didn't get to do much. We forgot to bring a bottle to expand the land section, though we are using a slip of paper to support it until we do. After seeing the Elodea presentation we also decided to plant it in our aquatic section for the guppy to feed on, and wrote up a caresheet for it. We plan on putting all our animals and the elodea, as well as expand the land section next week.

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user CPONTI228@a... - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
5/20/03; 12:10:06 PM (reads: 26880, responses: 0)
Melanie, Jim and Chandler 4/4/03 Week 1 WWD We assigned things for each of us to do, we looked up how to take care of our spider, and we also looked for the specific Salamander that we wanted to use in our Eco-Column. We observed that the spider can feed on the fruit flies, and the salamander can feed on the worms. The worms reproduce automatically, and can help decompose waste much faster. The decomposed waste will get washed to the water surface, providing food for the snail. The beetles can control the decomposition units from growing too large, and can provide a control unit for the decomposition unit.

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user CPONTI228@a... - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
5/20/03; 12:12:07 PM (reads: 26815, responses: 0)
Jim, Melanie, and Chandler Week 4

WWD

This week we looked at the „Encyclopedia of Insects and Arachnids‰ and found the different types of spiders that would be compatible with our plan. We are planning to get the animals and plants after the vacation and get them inside the Ecocolumn as soon as possible. The types of spiders that would be compatible are the ground, wolf, or crab spider.

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user CPONTI228@a... - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
5/20/03; 12:20:40 PM (reads: 26973, responses: 1)
Chandler, Mel, and Jim week 2 WWD

This week we continued to do more research on the animals and their habitats. We also did research on what the animals that we plan on putting in the eco-column shared. Ex) what the common themes were in all of the different animals habitats, and we also finalized who was going to buy what animals

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user CPONTI228@a... - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
5/20/03; 12:27:04 PM (reads: 27503, responses: 0)
Chandler, Jim and Mel Week 3 WWD We found a spider but it was eventually stolen. Other than that we thought of wut species of salamander and or snail we wanted in our eco-column. Today (friday) we had to reconstruct the top of our eco-column, and over the weekend we each plan to do our share of the care sheets.

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user cartoon61@e... - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
5/22/03; 9:14:54 PM (reads: 28263, responses: 0)
A band group 5 (Nuni, Wylie, Judy) This week a lot of thing went wrong. First Nuni accedentally spilled our water level, but we cleaned it up easily. We realized that the snail that we had in their was dead, and we also realized that it had never been alive, it was always dead. We had green-blue mold on our pieces of orange and banana in our decomposition level. Because of this our decomposition level smells really bad. One good thing is that our plants are growing a lot. Today we found a spider in our advisory! Mr. Mott told us that it was a wolf spider. We named him Mr. Spidey. We put Mr. Spidey in our land level and covered up the hole for fruit flies with cloth. We are probably not going to have fruit flies. Another bad thing happened, our land level is caving in on our decomposition level. We taped it, but it had caved in so much that our hole in the decomposition level is really small. Our land level has not fallen anymore, but it was covering the airholes. We thought this might have been the reason why our decomposition level smelled like amonia. Mr B told us to look in our decomposition packets to find the answer. We found out that we had to much citris. We took most of the orange and banana peels out and put one or two new ones in. Today we tried to pull up our land level because of its caving in, but we had to take Mr. Spidey. We accedetaly put him in some water, but we quickly took him out, and he was okay. Then Steven came over and "accedentally" poured water on Mr. Spidey and killed him. This WDD is dedicated to Mr. Spidey

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user Laura - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
5/23/03; 2:27:20 PM (reads: 27176, responses: 0)
This week, our group, (laura, emma and alexa), tested our water for ammonia and the nitrite level. The ammonia was slightly high, but we still don't have animals in it yet. The nitrite level was a little low. This means that the bacteria level is low, which is good. When we saw our eco-column today, we saw that it was partially taken apart and our door was ripped off; and we can't find our 3 salamanders. Hopefully, things will work out. A message for the other groups: PLEASE DONT TOUCH OTHER PEOPLE'S ECO-COLUMNS, YOU WOULDN'T WANT SOMEONE TO TOUCH YOURS.

thanks-- emma laura and alexa

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user princessrl@m... - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
5/23/03; 2:33:24 PM (reads: 27347, responses: 0)
Our group Rebecca, Adam, and Ben made much progress this week. When we came back to our ecocolums on Tuesday our ilodia had grown rapidly and the snail was at the top of our water section eating it.The water appeared brown so we did some tests, everything was fine except there was a bit of ammonia in the water. We ran out of time though so we were unable to do anything about it. On Wensday we ran the water tests again and they turned out the same. To rid the water of ammonia we decided that we should stir the water up with Mr. Baglio's air pump. At that time the water appeared to be clearing up. We added some potatoe to our already very rotten decompostion section, this potatoe has not yet molded. On Thursday we went to the computer lab where we started our ecocoulum web pages. On Friday when we got to class we found our snail lying at the bottom of our ecocolum on its back. It may have not been dead when we first arrived but when Ben removed it from the water it probably went into accoma, sooon after he removed it it died. The shell was very soft probably from not enough calcium andthe waters PH was high, we have yet to find out what caused the death though.

PS. (Are plants in the land section our growing rapidly.)

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user bballswoosh90@m... - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
5/23/03; 7:39:59 PM (reads: 27086, responses: 0)
Our group (KC, Lizzie, and Julia) tested our water this week. We learned how to use the testers to make sure the water was an acceptable enviornment for all of the organisms. We tested our pH and it is 7.6 which is adequate ammount. We put in pineapple that Mr. Baglio gave us and it grew mold. We also put in some potato pieces which also grew mold. Two of our beans in the land section are growing mold and the rest of the plants are trying to grow but don't have enough space. We changed our water because it was looking very foggy which usually means that it smells bad too even though we don't have any organisms in it yet. We found something called downy mold which can be very harmful to our animals. We haven't grown any flies yet but we think that one class we took out our EC and the door was open so it is very likely that they flew out. We have completely finished our care sheets and gotten them back. We are planning to go to the pet store next Wednesday and we know that there is a pet store on 103 and Broadway but we were wondering if you knew of any other ones that we could go to in the city. If anyone knows of any other pet stores, please let us know. Thanks so much! Lizzie, KC, and Julia

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user RIchie - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
5/26/03; 10:44:58 AM (reads: 27435, responses: 0)
A band group 3, Richard FW Judy F Michaela S

Throughout this week little changed in what we did to the eco column but we had many lessons this week. We began by putting water in the land and decomposition levels, and putting pineapple in our decomposition level. Not much happened with the pineapple overnight to our eco column, but we expect to see some changes over the weekend. A spider came onto our land section but was gone by the next day, we think it was a wolf spider. We were given a lesson on aquarium chemestry, about Ph and Amonia scales. If there is less ph than seven it shows that the liquid is more acidic, if the ph is higher than seven it shows that there is more base in the liquid. We also learned that if two opposites on the ph scale are mixed it creats a "violent chemical reaction," but averages to the middle of the ph scale, seven. We made an experiment with Bromyothol Blue, acid makes it orange, and carbon dioxide makes it green. Bromyothol Blue is an indicator. We made sheets on the three cycles, water, carbon, nitrogen, in our eco columns. We also made an experiment on evaporation, two cups were put out with equal amounts of water, not in the window, and one cup had parafilm on top of it. The cup with parafilm did not evaporate as much as the one without parafilm, but the covered cup had water on the top. We also made a second, related, experiment in which we had the same circumstances as the previous experiment, but we put the two, smaller, cups in the refrigerator and this experiment had the same answers as the first bbut they evaporated more slowly. We then discussed the website that we are going to make for the eco column project, this website will include photos of our eco column, our weekly data diaries, care sheets, findings, and advice. Richard FW

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user dreamgrl446@n... - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
5/26/03; 5:43:30 PM (reads: 27328, responses: 0)
This week our group (Sonya, Steven and Leah) started off by seeing that our land and decomposition sections both have a sweet and earthy smell. We can tell that our Elodea has grown and both pieces are thriving. Next we took off the tape from the connection between the land and decomposition section. We did this because after watering it so much, the tape was getting really dirty and disgusting and was beginning to infere with our observations. We wiped off the bottle and then put new tape down. The next day we had a big problem- overwatering our ecocolumn had really gotten to it in the long run. The top of the soil of the land section looked very dry and needed water, but after almost a week from our overwatering, there was still a layer of water beneath the soil. Mr. Baglio told us, what happened was that the soil became too dense with water and there waws not enough oxygen in the soil. We thought that worms would dig air tunnels and allow more oxygen inside. Therefore we added worms to the decomposition section. We decided then to hold off on watering our top layer for a few days. Then we found a spider on the fridge of the science room. It was a medium sized bayge spider. Our group has not yet come up with a name for it. In need of fruitflies, that same day, we also added orange peels. But the next day, when we came to our ecocolumn we found that our spider had not made any shelter in the area. We we arrived, we found it walking on the plastic, going up. Our top layer of the soil is still in very bad shape as of 5/22- there is still a layer of water under the soil, and the top is getting very dry. It smells really bad. But, at this time, our decomposition area smells like it should, even though the oranges have not started to decompose. On the same day, we found that our Elodea leaf had come unrooted once again. This time we decided not to fiz it, as obviously rooting it had not had any effect. thanks, sonya.

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user bmhl10@n... - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
5/26/03; 6:53:29 PM (reads: 27075, responses: 0)
Makeup for week four WDD:

This week, we have been doing some more research, moving on to the plants and fungi that will be contained in our ecocolumn. The main project of this week though, was building the ecocolumn itself. We have 4 whole soda bottles, and we have been trying to remove the wrappers. After finally geting the wrappers off the bottles, we have started to mark the places where we want to cut the tops and bottoms of the bottles off. This has been a long and arduous process, so we havn't gotten much of it done, and it will leak into next week. Ben, Adam, and Rebecca: group 2

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user bmhl10@n... - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
5/26/03; 6:53:32 PM (reads: 27102, responses: 0)
Makeup for week four WDD:

This week, we have been doing some more research, moving on to the plants and fungi that will be contained in our ecocolumn. The main project of this week though, was building the ecocolumn itself. We have 4 whole soda bottles, and we have been trying to remove the wrappers. After finally geting the wrappers off the bottles, we have started to mark the places where we want to cut the tops and bottoms of the bottles off. This has been a long and arduous process, so we havn't gotten much of it done, and it will leak into next week. Ben, Adam, and Rebecca: group 2

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user bmhl10@n... - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
5/26/03; 6:53:33 PM (reads: 27126, responses: 0)
Makeup for week four WDD:

This week, we have been doing some more research, moving on to the plants and fungi that will be contained in our ecocolumn. The main project of this week though, was building the ecocolumn itself. We have 4 whole soda bottles, and we have been trying to remove the wrappers. After finally geting the wrappers off the bottles, we have started to mark the places where we want to cut the tops and bottoms of the bottles off. This has been a long and arduous process, so we havn't gotten much of it done, and it will leak into next week. Ben, Adam, and Rebecca: group 2

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user bmhl10@n... - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
5/26/03; 7:00:32 PM (reads: 27123, responses: 0)
Dear mr. B,

I accidently posted my makeup WDD for week 4 3 times. sorry for the confusion.

Ben

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user gabe@g... - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
5/26/03; 7:47:18 PM (reads: 27319, responses: 0)
This week, our group: Sadie, Sara, and Gabe made a lot of progress. When we came in on tuesday, we found that, sadly, our goldfish had gone up into goldfish heaven. The water smelled too nasty to even consider testing it. We think it died because the ammonia from it's waste got too concentrated, and/or it didn't have enough food. Also, unlikely but possible, it could have been a sick goldfish when we bought it. Our green anole is doing great! Meaning that it hasn't died... yet. We are not sure if it is actually eating flies that are hatching from our decomp. section, or if, to survive, it is starving itself.

Our plants are doing great too. One of them, a monocot, is allready bent almost double because we dont have enough space. One of our beans is growing upsidedown. The seed is on the top of the stem??? Why did that happen? Our Elodea is doing well too. We have been changing the water every two days and we will change it two days in a row if the ammonia is too high.

We just have one question. How will our E-C be maintained next week when we are in the Comp. Lab?

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user John Baglio - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
5/26/03; 7:50:50 PM (reads: 27416, responses: 0)
Correction:

The proper spelling of the indicator liquid I used in class is Bromothymol Blue, not Bromyothol Blue.

Also, it changes color as pH decreases (in other words, becomes more acidic) adding C02 to water does this by creating carbonic acid. It is not separately detect CO2 by turning green and acid by turning yellow.

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user scott schoninger - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
5/28/03; 10:12:51 PM (reads: 27106, responses: 0)
Scott Schoninger Scott, Emma, Sophia Baglio A-band, group 2 Wee 8 (i think)

On Tues, the 20th we first introduced our spider into the eco-column. We were reluctant to do so because the fruit fly eggs have not hatched no matter what we do, but we needed to put it in becasue the project is coming to the end. We continued to water all of the plants. The biggest accomplishment was probably that much of the decomposition newspaper had been eaten. We also added 3 small pieces of pineapple to try to hatch fruit fly eggs. We measured the wheat and the tallest was 19cm and the shortest was 13cm. The elodea was 6cm The rest of the period was speant going over pH scales. On wednesday Nothing much had happened, the newspaper was continuing to be eaten and the spider had made a web, but nothing was in it. The wheat was 22cm-13cm and the elodea was about 8cm. We also talked about the computer project. On Thursday we watered our plants and then measured. The wheat was 21cm-16cm. The elodea was 8cm still. We also noticed that the spider was dead with an empty web so we removed it. We think it died because we did not see any fruit flies visible.

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user gabe@g... - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
5/30/03; 2:09:59 PM (reads: 27150, responses: 0)
This week, Group #5, Sara H., Sadie N., Gabe S., did many things. We started out by going to the computer lab on Tuesday and learning how to manage Dreamweaver. With the extreme help of Gabe, we have finished and our webpage and our conclusions. Some conclusions we came to were that the if the Green Anole is brown, it is dehydrated and that oiur goldfish died due to too much ammonia in the water. This would've made our goldfish's gills break down. One tuesday we did not come down to care for the eco-column, but we returned on Wednesday and Thursday. We discoved that we have an upside down bean growing in the land section. It is continuing to grow. Also, on Wednesday we found that many of the plants have started to wilt. On Thursday, we believed that our Green Anole was dying because it was so brown and so motionless. We thought this might have been because the plants were wilting too much. Happily, today we found the Green Anole VERY green and that it is very active. We have also discovered flies in our eco-column! We no longer think that out Green Anole is dying.

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user jimz - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
5/30/03; 2:14:51 PM (reads: 27183, responses: 0)
Melanie H. Jim Z Chandler P. Baglio-G-band group 4-week 9

This week we made much progress in both our intenret and ecocolumn project. We have finished putting up information for our internet pages. All we need to do is insert pictures and format the text/background a little bit. Our ecocolumn's water is BLACK. We've recycled this water and plan to test the water levels once we come back from the weekend. Our decomposition section showed signs of mold days before and now mold is growing rapidly in our decompost. section. Our pH level is around 8-8.5, and our ammonia level (before the water was changed) is about 4-4.5. Our plants are still growing, the top one is about 19.6 cm, the shortest 19 cm. We plan to now recycle our water on a daily basis, excluding the weekends, because the water gets contaminated due to the decomposition section's chemicals contaminating the water.

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user CPONTI228@a... - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
5/30/03; 2:27:54 PM (reads: 27351, responses: 0)
Jake, Jake and Ikuno week 9 This week our group went to the computer lab to do our E-Column website. Jake C. did the WDD. Jake S. took pictures for our website and I did the conclusion and the caresheets. We are almost done with website, we just have to take a few more pictures and add them to our website. We also plan to get a fish and ramshorn snail but we can't find a store that carries those animals. Where can you find a rosy red and ramshorn? We also started doing our water tests.

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user julesmh428@a... - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
5/30/03; 2:30:27 PM (reads: 26893, responses: 0)
This week our group (KC Lizzie and Julia) did a lot of work. This week began with working in the computer lab putting together our web site. We are pretty happy with our work. Julia did the Care Sheets and WDDs, Lizzie did the Advice and KC did the Findings. We have now finished it and are rather proud. Starting on Wednesday after school we went to a pet store and bought snails, minnows, crickets and a house gecko. We wanted a salamander but those weren't available. We settled for a gecko and we are very happy with it. Today we introduced the crickets to our e-c and we hope Lou (the gecko) eats them. We were a little afraid that there wouldn't be enough crickets because they had been eating each other but it turned out ok. Also our minnows seem to be doing well sharing their space with the baby snails. One snail has unfortunately died but our minnows are healthy. We noticed a few minor problems aswell. You see the piece of bottle that was holding up the land section had been slipping down so we had to pull that up. Also our aquatic section seemed to be leaking and we figured out that it was because of a few low air holes. We corrected this with a piece of tape and it doesn't seem to be dripping any more. We are incredibly proud of Eartha our e-c and are happy with it's success. This project has been so much fun!!! :0) keepin it real til nxt tyme! <3(love) Julia Lizzie and KC

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user nicknaka1@a... - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
5/30/03; 2:32:14 PM (reads: 26944, responses: 0)
Jake, Jake and Ikuno Week 9 This week our group went to the computer lab to do our E-Column website. Jake C. did the WDD. Jake S. took pictures for our website and I did the conclusion and the caresheets. We are almost done with website, we just have to take a few more pictures and add them to our website. We also plan to get a fish and ramshorn snail but we can't find a store that carries those animals. Where can you find a rosy red and ramshorn? We also started doing our water tests.

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user Laura - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
5/30/03; 2:33:55 PM (reads: 27364, responses: 0)
This week, our group(Alexa, Laura and Emma), started our online website for our project. We put some red rose minnows in our aquatic section and didn't replant the elodia. Instead we just put a little piece of it in for the fish to eat. Every morning we've been putting a couple flakes of fish food in and some during science class. On the way to school when we were bringing the fish in, Emma realized that one had died, so we removed it with a tweezer and then transported the other fish into our eco-column. Then, today in class, we realized that another fish died and we also removed it. Our group, figured out that it was probably better to have our fish live in water that had been sitting out for a long time, rather then having them live in tap water, so we had them live in the water that had been sitting out some tap; so we'll have to see how that all works out. The fish are supposed to be fed 3 times a day, the amount that they can consume in 5 minutes. We're wondering if anyone had any suggestions, of how to keep our fish alive over the weekend without feeding them too much at one time. (considering we dont have class on monday) We also still can't find the salimanders so we think we'll have to get new ones. Another thing that we did to our aquatic section is that we took out some of the gravel because it started to smell bad. The eco-column project is starting to wind down so we are going to try to get the new salimanders and spider as soon as possible. We think that pretty much everything is going okay and through this whole experience we have learned to take care of animals and run a biome properally as you will see from our website.

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user amoyankee@a... - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
5/30/03; 2:36:55 PM (reads: 26708, responses: 0)
Adam, Ben and Becky This week we spent much of our time working on our website in the computer lab. Ben was assigned the caresheets,Becky the WDDs and I did the pictures and conclutions/advise. The aqautic section of the eco-colmn was dropped and the snail dropped with it. We did not think it was dead yet but looking at it today we relized that it was dead. We also cleaned the aquatic section because it smelled VERY BAD and we also rerooted the elodea.

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user Judbuggy@a... - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
6/1/03; 6:44:28 PM (reads: 26876, responses: 0)
This week was very busy for Nuni, Judy A, and Wylie in group 5. We got aff to a slow start after not having school on monday, especially since Wylie and I missed tuesday's class for orchestra rehearsal. The rest of the week- thursday and friday- preparing our website. On wednsday I went to take care of our eco-column during our time in the computer lab. I first observed our eco-column. I saw that our plants were turning yellow and getting sick, and discovered that this was from not getting enought light and having to much moisture. To help this, I did not water the plants, because the soild was still wet, and moved our eco-column to a spot next to another window. I saw that our decomposition still had a bit to much nitrogen in it, but it only gave off a faint amonia smell, so I left it. I then did many tests on the water, to try and determine why the snail could have died. I discovered nothing out of the ordinary, so that remains a mistery. For the remainder of the class period I worked on our website in the computer lab, which despite our delay, is coming along well. Thursday Nuni took care of our eco-column while Wylie and I worked in the computer lab. She reported that everything was going well, aside from a little to much nitrates in the water. We believe this to be from all of the nitrogen from decomposition, which is going into the water. On Thurday I also found a jumping spider walking across my keyboard, and brought it to the eco-column. He now resides in the land level, and we have named him Mr. Spidey Junior. He seems to be doing well, but we have yet to see how the plant's condition will affect him. That's all for this week. -Judy Amsalem

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user Leahsilv1@a... - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
6/3/03; 10:07:44 AM (reads: 26870, responses: 0)
This week, our group (Sonya, Steven and Leah)spent our time in the computer lab. In the computer lab, we made web pages with 4 different parts; Introduction and WDDs, Caresheets, Photographs and conclusion. We made this website for 2 reasons: We had to make a website and it would help future groups with their eco-columns. Our eco-column is still doing well. Our spider is still alive and we have FLYING fruitflies. We put fertilizer in. This type of fertilizer acts like a sponge to help soak up water. We overwatered a couple of times and so we figured that the best solution was fertilizer. I noticed that the only way our eco-column has gone bad is when we intruded by putting too much water in. I think if we didn't overwater (more than once), our eco-column would be better. Our decomposition is going very well, better than most groups. Our fruit decomposted really quickly. We didn't put any pinapple (which Mr. Baglio said brings lots of fruitflies) and with just banana and orange we got fruitflies.

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user gaboshroom4@h... - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
6/3/03; 10:15:58 AM (reads: 26845, responses: 0)
In our group (sophia h-d, emma g. and, scott s.) our palnts are dying. They are mostly brown and the stems are breaking. Our smallest plant has decreased many cm. We sprayed water through the top until the soil was mosit. Although our land section my be a failure, our decomposition section is doing very well. The worms are doing great so it is mostly soil,(not newspaper). Although there is alot of mold, our decomposition section has sustained a sweet earthy smell. In our water section our elodea is doing okay. It is 8cm long and brownign around th edges. There is no amonia in our water, but alot of nitrates.

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user CPONTI228@a... - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
6/3/03; 12:40:53 PM (reads: 27057, responses: 0)
week - 8 -This week we started working on our eco column web page, Ms. Mcferran walked up through the process of using Macromedia Dreamweaver MX© we, assigned jobs for each other, and began to work on our own pages at home. Ex. (Who ever was going to be responsible for the photo's page, had to go home and search for pictures of plants, wheat, corn beans, soil, etc...) on Friday every body finished the basic layout of their web pages, and now we are just making it look pretty

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user Lexistar333@a... - Re: Eco-column Ideas  blueArrow
6/8/03; 10:18:42 PM (reads: 27129, responses: 0)
Great site- http://alwaysyourchoice.com/ayc/adult/community/blisters.php

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