Fish in Schools (FinS)

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Welcome to the Fish in Schools (FinS) website! Here you will find information about the FinS program, documents, videos, important dates and program updates. You can also post stories about your FinS experience, share pictures and videos, and ask or answer questions about the program.

Release events have been rescheduled for May 1- 14th. If you have not recieved an email from the FinS coordinator with your updated release time/date, please email fins.program@gov.ab.ca.

Preparing your fish for your release event: Please review your technical manual to prepare your fish for travel to you release site.

Disinfecting your aquarium: There is a step by step video of how to disinfect and disassemble your aquarium posted in our video widget. Additional information can be found in your technical manual.

Final Reports: Your final report is due by June 15, 2020. If you did need to euthanize your fish before the end of the year, please submit your final report but leave the release data blank.


Privacy Statement

Information you provide to Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) is collected under the authority of Section 33(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act and is managed in accordance with Part 2 of the FOIP Act. Comments, images, and videos and any personal information therein you provide may appear on the Fish in Schools (FinS) Engagement HQ Website. Submitted comments and media will be moderated, but once posted to the FinS website, will be viewable by any participant in the FinS program and the general public. AEP will not use or disclose your information for any other purpose without your written consent or unless required to do so by law. If there are any questions or you wish to request a change to the information you provided, please contact Bow Habitat Station at 403-297-6561 or by email at fins.program@gov.ab.ca.


Welcome to the Fish in Schools (FinS) website! Here you will find information about the FinS program, documents, videos, important dates and program updates. You can also post stories about your FinS experience, share pictures and videos, and ask or answer questions about the program.

Release events have been rescheduled for May 1- 14th. If you have not recieved an email from the FinS coordinator with your updated release time/date, please email fins.program@gov.ab.ca.

Preparing your fish for your release event: Please review your technical manual to prepare your fish for travel to you release site.

Disinfecting your aquarium: There is a step by step video of how to disinfect and disassemble your aquarium posted in our video widget. Additional information can be found in your technical manual.

Final Reports: Your final report is due by June 15, 2020. If you did need to euthanize your fish before the end of the year, please submit your final report but leave the release data blank.


Privacy Statement

Information you provide to Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) is collected under the authority of Section 33(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act and is managed in accordance with Part 2 of the FOIP Act. Comments, images, and videos and any personal information therein you provide may appear on the Fish in Schools (FinS) Engagement HQ Website. Submitted comments and media will be moderated, but once posted to the FinS website, will be viewable by any participant in the FinS program and the general public. AEP will not use or disclose your information for any other purpose without your written consent or unless required to do so by law. If there are any questions or you wish to request a change to the information you provided, please contact Bow Habitat Station at 403-297-6561 or by email at fins.program@gov.ab.ca.


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Share your FinS stories or learning experiences with other schools, or check in for important dates throughout the program. When including photos please do not include any images of people (including students, teachers, or parents).

Hello All, 

Thank you for another great FinS project year! This year we had 35 schools participating from across the province. Thank you for allowing us into your classrooms and homes this year, as we navigated the challenges imposed by school closures and limited access to our aquariums over the past few months.

We hope that you and your students have a great summer.  See you next year!

The FinS team

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    FinS Release at BHS

    about 2 months ago

    The team at Bow Habitat Station released our FinS fish into the Kids Can Catch Trout Pond last week. Prior to releasing the fish, we tested water temperature, pH (acidity), dissolved oxygen and turbidity to ensure our fish's health and continued development in the coming months.

    Our water quality parameters were as follows:

    Temperature: 9 degrees Celcius

    pH: 7 (neutral)

    Dissolved Oxygen: 4 ppm

    Turbidity: Clear

    We them acclimatized our 55 fish in ziploc bags to get them used to the cooler temperature of the pond, compared to their classroom aquarium. After a minute of acclimatization, our 55 surviving rainbow... Continue reading

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    Our fish are heating up!

    3 months ago

    This morning, the water temperature in the aquarium at Bow Habitat Station was 21 degrees!

    This was the result of some electrical work at the facility that took our chiller offline for up to 12 hours. Luckily, all of the remaining 57 FinS Fish survived.

    When the water temperature is this high, the amount of oxygen dissolved in the water declines and there is a risk of increased levels of ammonia. The tank was cooled down by restarting the chiller and submerging ice packs in the water until it reached the optimal range of 8-13 degrees. Can you spot the... Continue reading

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    Update from Bow Habitat Station's Aquarium

    3 months ago

    Hi everyone,

    We have added zeolite into our aquarium to ensure that excess waste will build up and produce heightened ammonia levels in our tanks. Can you spot it, zeolite are the larger white 'rocks' on top of the gravel?

    Zeolite is a mineral that works to break down harmful waste, such as ammonia, that can build up in our tanks. One way to avoid excess waste is to do our best to not overfeed our fish. Our fry were tentative at first, but have started checking out these new features of their habitats.

    What's happening in your school's aquarium... Continue reading

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    Our fry are growing...

    4 months ago

    The 59 fish in the aquarium at Bow Habitat Station have reached 725 ATUs. They are now considered fry. Our fry have two main roles - eat and survive. Our FinS fish don't have to worry about many predators in our classroom aquariums, but they are still susceptible to bacteria/fungus that grows in our tanks and the obstacles caused by all of the equipment that connects our aquariums to our AquaClear Powerhead, Chiller and Filter.

    As our fry continue to grow, we will be able to notice their distinct physical characteristics. Fry sport Parr markings, or a black spotted pattern... Continue reading

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    Update from Bow Habitat Station's Aquarium

    5 months ago

    As of this morning, our Rainbow Trout have reached 545 ATUs. We have released them from their floating hatchery into the larger area of the tank, and started them on feed #1. Please leave a comment and let us know how your fish are doing and what you currently see in your classroom aquarium.

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    As of this morning, we have 60 healthy alevin in the aquarium here at Bow Habitat Station.

    5 months ago

    I hope your FinS fish are doing well! Our fish are creeping towards the 500-530 ATU mark, which means that we are getting ready to start regular water changes.

    Reminder: after 500 ATUs, you should be doing two water changes in your aquarium each week.

    Your alevin will still be in the floating hatchery basket when you do this. Refer to the Water Changes section in your technical manual and watch this video for How to Perform a Water Change, https://talkaep.alberta.ca/fish-in-schools.

    What’s up next for our fish?

    Once you near the 550 ATU mark, it is time to start... Continue reading

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    Caring for your alevin

    5 months ago

    Your FinS eggs should be (mostly) hatched by now! Have you taken a peak at your newly hatched alevin? You might notice that your alevin don't move around a lot, or when they do, they swim in circles. This is completely normal behavior for our young fish. It takes energy to move! Alevin are absorbing nutrients from their yolk sacs and using this energy to develop coloured scales and strong fins.

    Do you have questions about what you're observing in your classroom aquarium? Use the forum tool on this site to connect with other schools and our FinS coordinator.

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    Moving day for our FinS Eggs

    6 months ago

    65 eyed Rainbow Trout eggs moved into the FinS tank at Bow Habitat Station this morning! Our environmental education team and volunteers helped them to get settled in.


    Your eggs may be travelling for up to 24 hours to get to your school. Don't forget to take their temperature when they arrive at your school and help them acclimatize to their new home.

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    FinS Eggs arrive in less than a month!

    7 months ago

    Hi FinS Schools! We are so excited to have 35 schools from around the province participating in the Fish In Schools Program this year. Our team is making the final preparations to pick up all of our rainbow trout eggs from Allison Creek Brood Station on January 13, 2020. That means that eggs will be arriving in your aquarium in less than a month. Just a reminder to all teachers - your aquariums should be set up and have water flowing through it for at least 3 days before your eggs move in.

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    2018-2019 FinS Project Year

    about 1 year ago

    Hello All, 

    Thank you for another great FinS project year! This year we had 45 schools from across the province, Fairview to Pincher Creek, participate and at the end of the year 92% of the projects had surviving fry to release. Thank you for allowing us into your classrooms and instilling a sense of stewardship in all participants. 

    Have a great summer!

    The FinS team