CT_ Posted July 8, 2021 Share Posted July 8, 2021 (edited) I think it would be great to encourage more "every day" science in the world. Aquariums are great "science experiments" to quote Cory. I thought it would be cool if the club could give out science grants for members to run experiments. Something like 50-500$ for supplies to run experiments and present results on the forum (new section) or maybe in the learn or club tab on the ACO main site. The way I see it working is club members can submit short proposals in a forum section that outline: What are you testing? Either a hypothesis or an attempt to characterize something relevant to the aquarium hobby. How do you plan on testing? How will you interpret the results? What do you need to perform your science experiment? Then members can comment in the forum thread and suggest changes improvement, but its up to the original submitter to update their main post if they want to. Once a month/quarter/year... some one or a committee (maybe just @Cory and or @Zenzo, maybe a group of members) picks some number of "top proposals", and members can vote on which one/ones they want to see get funded. Or maybe its just done by the committee. As the experiments are done, the experimenter can keep a journal/log in the forum and then when complete they can make a post/article/video about it for the community's consumption. Some examples of science projects might be things like all of @Irene's Alum dip videos, where she tests does alum kill snails w/o killing plants, and compares them to better known methods, and also characterizes the minimum required alum dip time. A proposal may be as simple as: What are you testing? Does wonder shell dechlorinate or make chlorine somehow tolerable to aquatic life. How do you plan on testing? Scuds are sensitive to chlorine. I plan on culturing scuds, and separating them into 4 groups all using remineralized RO DI or distilled water and 50 scuds/bucket. bucket of scuds bucket of scuds with chlorine and wonder shell bucket of scuds with chlorine and commercial dechlorinator bucket of scuds with chlorine and no treatment. I'll wait until bucket 4 dies out or 3 days. If 3 days comes and nothing in 4 dies I'll increase chlorine and start over. The experiment is over after a week. How will you interpret the results? If 1 doesn't live or if 4 does live to the end I can't interpret the results; these are my negative and positive controls. If 2 has a similar number of survivors to 3 I'll conclude that wonder shell does detoxify or remove chlorine. What do you need to perform your science experiment? 20-50 gallons of DI water: 20$ 4 buckets: 20$ remineralizer: 10$ scud food (yeast):5$ scud starter culture: 10$ basic chlorine bleach: 5$ I assume ACO would have to be careful about taxation, but my googling (I AM NOT A LAWYER OR CPA) says you might be able to give them as gifts, or as grants from a non-profit org if helps educate the recipient or community and or a report is generated afterwards. Edited July 8, 2021 by CT_ 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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