Goldfish Ectotherm Experiment

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Edit with the Docs app Make tweaks, leave comments, and share with others to edit at the same time. NO THANKSUSE THE APP Research paper Abstract This experiment was conducted in order to determine if in fact a goldfish, an animal in which is classified as an “ectotherm” is affected by the temperature change of its habitat according to the lab text. An ectotherm is an animal that uses the environment in order to regulate its own body temperature, this experiment will have students with the use of several materials attempt to find out whether or not this is true. Formulating a hypothesis that “it is thought to be leave that as the temperature or climate of the habitat of a goldfish increases, the breathes per minute of the goldfish…show more content…
Due to this realization this hypothesis was in fact accepted by the end of this experiment. Introduction It is thought to believe that as the temperature or climate of the habitat of a goldfish increases, the breathes per minute of the goldfish will increase as well. Thus an experiment was begun in order to find out how the climate in which the goldfish resides in will have an effect on it’s breathes. We as humans cannot adapt to environmental climate we can only be influenced by it as stated in the lab text (Pu, 2007), we can simply put more clothes on while cold and take more clothes off while there’s heat. We as mammals do not posses the same attributes as that of an ectotherm, “ecto” meaning outer and “therm” meaning heat. We are endotherms, “endo” meaning inside, meaning that our bodies produce the heat for us.…show more content…
Although the results illustrate an early decline in BPM (breaths per minute) as the temperature of the water rose from 9 degrees celsius to 15 degrees celsius as the water warmed, there was a noticeable spike in BPM when the temperature rose to 21 degrees celsius. Now the experimental goldfish was producing at around 23 breaths per 30 seconds (46 per minute) via mouth and operculum at 36 BPM, when the temperature was maintained at 9 degrees celsius with a slight decline (39.8 BPM @ 12 degrees Celsius) as the temperature rose completely challenging the hypothesis. At this rate one would start to believe that the hypothesis would not be supported and that a goldfish is not affected at a noticeable degree due to an increase in temperature. Nevertheless when the goldfish was observed in a temperature of 21 degrees celsius one can see that the goldfish maintained a BPM of nearly 55 (50.6 BPM) from both the operculum as well as it’s mouth. This spike in BPM led the group to believe that this hypothesis can in fact be supported by the data collected, as advancement into the experiment was made although the results showed an actual decrease in BPM after that spike, although the average mouth BPM was still slightly higher than while the majority of

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