Published 12:00 am Friday, January 6, 2012

Above: Dylan Leach pours tilapia into a “pond” in the new aquaculture center at Red Level Elementary School as classmates look on. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

Twenty-one hundred tilapia and catfish fingerlings found a new home Thursday at Red Level Elementary’s Aquaculture Center.

Fifth and sixth grade science and aquascience students dispersed the fish in different drums of water.

Thursday’s exercise was to weigh the fish to be able to put the right amount of fish in the right amount of water within the drumsr, RLES principal Rodney Drish said.

“It’s called parts per million,” Drish said.

Additionally, students performed pH and toxic levels of the water.

“We’re going to be testing the water,” sixth grade aquascience student Madason Dunsford said. “I think it’s a lot of fun.”

The PACERS-sponsored aquaculture program was brought to RLES by funds from Sen. Jimmy Holley and Rep. Mike Jones.

The students from Rebecca Powell’s science classes will feed the fish throughout the rest of the year, and will perform science projects to monitor the health of the fish.

On Thursday, the students dispersed 1,600 tilapia and 500 catfish in about four to five big drums of water.