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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the iron badge in Animal Care.

For this Badge Bit, you will breed and nurture fish!


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To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
 - all general requirements stated for the Animal Care Iron Badge
 - all requirements in the Animal Care Iron Badge specified under the section "Provide proof that you are breeding and nurturing 12 animal species"
 - Prove you are nurturing your fish
     - 12 or more species of aquatic and riparian plants
     - Variety of water depths, rocks, logs, hiding places
     - No supplemental fish food - sufficient bugs/plants/etc for them to forage
     - Perhaps add something in the future to reduce mercury levels in the pond
     - Plenty of oxygen year round
     - Prove sufficient levels for your species with a dissolved oxygen meter

Discussion Threads Related to this BB:
- Cleaning Toxic Gick from Water for Aquaculture Ponds
- How to Reduce Mercury in Your Fish?

To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must provide proof of the following as pictures or video (<2 mins):
- photo essay about nurturing the fish
- parasite checks throughout the season
- proof of pampering the fish that approaches level 7
 
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