FAQs Zebrafish Related Frequently Asked Questions
General Zebrafish Facility Questions
Some ways to increase productivity within your zebrafish rooms is to have well-written standard operating procedures (SOPs) within your room, so that all team members (new and old) can easily refer back to them or learn the ins and outs of your procedures and protocols more efficiently.
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Also, investing in innovative, practical solutions for your lab such as fish feeders, environmental monitoring control panels, dosing systems, etc. will all help streamline, standardize, and automate everyday mundane, sometimes tedious processes. Although these products (sometimes) will cost more than the cheaper alternative options, we find our customers find our suggestions well worth it long-term (from a time, energy, and financial perspective).
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Some variables to document include: daily/weekly water quality parameters and environmental conditions (temperature, pH, conductivity, nitrate, nitrite, ammonia, etc.), feed-outs, staff time in/time out, relevant life support maintenance, work to be done, work completed, etc.
- Temperature: ~ 27 degrees Celsius
- pH: ~ 7.0 - 8.0
- Conductivity: ~ 500-1000 uS
- Ammonia: 0 ppm, Nitrite: 0 ppm, Nitrate 0-5 ppm
- Exchange rate: ~ 10% every day
- Biomechanical clarifier: automatically backwashes daily, clean out sludge once a week
- Filter pads: Change 2x week
- Conductivity (probe): clean + calibrate every 2 weeks
- pH (probe): clean + calibrate every 2 weeks
- UV Sterilizer: lamp – replace yearly, quartz sleeve – replace every 2 years, 0-rings – replace every 2 years
- RO Filter (carbon): replace every 2 months
- RO Filter (sediment): replace every 2 months
- RO (membrane): replace every 2 years
- RO (water maker): flush once a week
Depending on your system, filtration capabilities, etc., you should keep around 5-15 fish per liter. Adult fish, that is.
For larval zebrafish, it’s suggested you can keep around 40 fish per liter.
The water you use for your RAS is dependent on your local water supply. Depending on the quality of your incoming water, you might not have to make major adjustments to it. Chlorine, Hardness, and other impurities will dictate your methodology.
If your zebrafish filtration system has a RO or DI line (reverse osmosis or deionized) then you probably don’t have to pre-filter your water, however if you’re using say city water, you will need to utilize a carbon filter.
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Monitoring System & Control Panels
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