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▪ Large glass container
(We used a
3-gallon apothecary
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▪ Large rocks
▪ Tap water
▪ Aquarium water
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▪ 2 water hyacinth
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▪ 1 water lettuce plant
▪ Thermometer
▪ 1 goldfish or minnow
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