ZFIN ID: ZDB-PUB-130220-15
Zebrafish housing systems: a review of basic operating principles and considerations for design and functionality
Lawrence, C., and Mason, T.
The strategies for housing zebrafish used in biomedical research have evolved considerably over the past three decades. To
keep pace with the rapid expansion and development of the zebrafish model system, the field has generally moved from keeping
fish at the level of aquarium hobbyist to that of industrialized, recirculating aquaculture. Numerous commercial system vendors
now offer increasingly sophisticated housing systems based on design principles that maximize the number of animals that can
be housed in a given space footprint, and they are thus able to support large and diverse research programs. This review is
designed to provide managers, lab animal veterinarians, investigators, and other parties responsible for care and use of these
animals with a comprehensive overview of the basic operating and design principles of zebrafish housing systems. This information
can be used to help plan the construction of new facilities and/or the upgrade and maintenance of existing operations.
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