Raising fish hooks Weare kids on learning
Ali Burkhamer, 12, tests the temperature of the water where 230 trout eggs are getting ready to hatch in the tank at Weare Middle School. (NANCY BEAN FOSTER/Union Leader Correspondent)
Each day, students are responsible for measuring and charting the temperature of the water to ensure things are going well for the eggs, which look like little more than little transparent orbs with two black spots — the fish's eyes.
"Every year, I get a baby catfish from the river and raise it," she said.
In the short time since they've had the fish, one of the tiny creatures has hatched.
The tiny fish are currently feeding from yolk sacs in the eggs. As they outgrow those sacs the students will be feeding them freeze-dried black flies, but feeding will stop just before the fish are released so that they'll seek natural sources of nourishment."I think it will be cool to release them," said Burkhamer. "It will be interesting if they stay together or all go their separate ways."
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