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Biblioquarium

The West Jeff Middle Library is home to a few aquatic creatures and a few terrestrial creatures. We currently have a community fish tank, two red-eared slider turtles, a betta, a bearded dragon, and a Russian tortoise. Stop by to say hi and check out a book!

Fish

At the start of the 2016-17 school year, a 50-gallon fish tank was moved from a classroom to the library. A student with an interest in marine biology arranged with the library to set their annual ALP goal as caring for several freshwater crayfish during the school year. For the 2017-18 school year, the tank transitioned to a community fish tank with sunburst wagtail platys, transparent zebrafish, a Chinese algae eater, and a plecostomous. We received donations of platys, guppies, and another plecostomous from community members. Students voted on an addition of neon tetras, and are currently voting on the next decoration for the tank.

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Turtles

A community member donated an 18-year-old female red-eared slider to the library in September 2016. Students suggested names and then voted on them; Pistachio had 40.2% of the votes with Tortuga in second place with 27.8% of the votes. We improved her habitat by acquiring a larger 90-gallon tank, a canister filter, an LED light bar with daytime and nighttime light settings, a dual-bulb fixture with heat/UVA and UVB bulbs for the basking area, and a Tank Topper on custom-made brackets to fit our tank's depth. A smaller approximately 7-year-old red-eared slider that had been up for adoption at a pet store for several weeks joined the tank in November 2016 and was promptly named Peanut. Pistachio likes dried anchovies, tangerines, and the Dzihan & Kamien song "Stiff Jazz". Peanut likes grapes and crawling under things.

Betta

We acquired a betta in fall 2017. Harry's tank, which also has an LED light bar with daytime and nighttime light settings, is in the back of the library by the reference section. The background of his tank is a coloring page of Diagon Alley from the Harry Potter Magical Places & Characters Postcard Coloring Book, ISBN 978-1338132946.

Bearded dragon

Bearded Dragon

A community member re-homed their approximately 7-year-old male bearded dragon to stay with the library in January 2018. Sherman Rex lives in a tank over by Lab 113. The background of his tank is a landscape of Tattooine done in pastel. He likes diced bell peppers and basking on his hammock under the heat lamp.

Russian TortoiseRussian Tortoise

A community member that adopted a Russian tortoise that had lived at Elk Creek Elementary for several years contacted our library in the spring 2018. With space following phasing out the moon jellyfish we kept over three years, we welcomed Boris (nee Yertle) in May 2018. He enjoys cuddling and eating leafy greens.

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