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.
Date: 2012
Source: ILAR journal   53(2): 179-191 (Review)
Registered Authors: Lawrence, Christian, Mason, Tim
Keywords: aquatic life support, recirculating aquaculture, system design, zebrafish (Danio rerio) housing systems
MeSH Terms:
  • Animal Husbandry/methods*
  • Animals
  • Aquaculture
  • Housing, Animal*
  • Zebrafish
PubMed: 23382349 Full text @ ILAR (Institute for Laboratory Animal Research)

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.