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Zebrafish K-12

Zebrafish K-12

This site provides an on-line manual specially designed for the novice who wishes to use zebrafish, Danio rerio, for teaching scientific research or for simple projects. These pages contain basic maintenance procedures needed to successfully raise zebrafish. It is supplemented with protocols for undergraduate developmental laboratories by an embryo development lab and other suggestions for experiments utilizing zebrafish.

This guide is a streamlined revision of the more technical The Zebrafish Book (Westerfield, M., ed., 1995) which was written by the staff at the Institute of Neuroscience, University of Oregon, and is used throughout our own facilities as well as zebrafish research labs throughout the world.
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Nancy J. Pelaez
Nancy J. Pelaez (Faculty)
15 years ago
Zebrafish present an outstanding model organism for inquiry-based classroom
projects. I use these materials as a "textbook" for an inquiry-based class in
life science for prospective teachers.

Technical Remarks:

Maintaining the zebrafish populations in good health is crucial. We use an
Isoplex Bench-Top unit with four 9-L tanks, nine 2.75-L tanks, and four 1.0-L
tanks designed to be ideal for use in classrooms and small laboratories.
Aquatic Habitats, the vendor, reports that each 9.0-L tank can hold up to 70
fish (4 tanks x 70 fish/tank = 280 fish), the 2.75-L tanks hold up to 30 fish (9
tanks x 30 fish/tank = 270 fish) and the 1.0-L tank holds one or two fish in
isolation (4 tanks x 2 fish/tank = 8 fish), for a total capacity of 558 adult
fish.

For assistance, contact
Aquatic Habitats Division
Aquatic Eco-Systems, Inc.
1767 Benbow Ct.
Apopka, FL 32703-7730
phone: 1-877-900-2422 (Toll free), 1-407-886-7575
fax: 1-407-886-1223
or see http://www.aquatichabitats.com/a_isobench.html


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