Zantiks MWP

The Zantiks MWP (which comes in several versions) is suitable for use with larval zebrafish, adult and larval Drosophila, Daphnia (neonates to adults), other crustaceans and small animals that can be housed in well plates or Petri dishes.

While an invaluable tool for the researcher specialising in behavioural studies, the MWP is also useful for any scientists working with model organisms as it helps them phenotype their organisms easily.



Zantiks units are increasingly popular with labs worldwide. All the different types of unit are built along the same principles, enabling high throughput and easy-to-run experiments. The benefits of choosing Zantiks are that each unit:

  • Provides an isolated and stable environment for consistent results
  • Is networked and controlled via the web browser of any device
  • Generates live video view, provides real-time video recording
  • Uses the Zanscript language for experiment specification
  • Provides real-time results processing and output in .csv format
  • Has an integrated camera, computer, experimental chamber and built-in stimuli
  • Takes up little laboratory space as it is compact
  • Requires only 12V power and a network connection
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Zantiks MWP unit with arena that fits a standard well plate

Target Studies

The different versions of the MWP unit can achieve a range of studies, on larval zebrafish, Drosophila and Daphnia and other similarly sized organisms, including:

  • locomotor activity
  • toxicity
  • startle response
  • prepulse inhibition (PPI)
  • habituation
  • circadian rhythm

Please contact us if you have any specific studies in mind, email


Zantiks MWP kit

Overall unit size (external, approx. mm): 190 width, 230 length, 480 height

Inserts: the MWP fits standard multiwell plates and Petri dishes, although these are not supplied, tailored inserts for specific studies can be ordered.

MWP Technical specification

Integrated unit Built-in stimuli
computer overhead lights
camera screen*
motor* vibration**

Some specifications vary according to the MWP version, and new unlisted specifications are in prototype. Contact for full details.

* There is a built-in screen at the bottom of the chamber in one version of the MWP which is often used with Drosophila.

** The other version of the MWP doesn't have a screen but has a built-in motor which delivers vibratory and auditory stimuli, ideal for startle, pre-pulse inhibition studies with model organisms such as larval zebrafish and Daphnia.

The units are currently shipped without temperature control, however a new temperature control add on is in prototype and will be supplied free of charge to MWP users when it is ready.


Built-in stimuli

  • Vibratory stimulus* – length, strength and pattern can be precisely controlled with ms accuracy. Suitable for generating startle responses and suitable for PPI studies.
  • Overall illumination – overall illumination can be supplied from above the multiwell plate. Colour, brightness and duration can be specified with ms accuracy. This can be used to provide ambient lighting, circadian rhythm entrainment and/or light flashes to elicit startle responses, for habituation and PPI studies.
  • Screen to display images* - a screen can display colours and images

* Some built-in stimuli are available in particular versions of the MWP.

Since the recent development of different versions of the MWP, more built-in stimuli are being created specific to different model organisms.


How to operate

The Zantiks MWP is simple to operate. Fully networked, Zantiks units are supplied with a router and controlled via a web browser, allowing users to operate them from their own phone, tablet, laptop, PC, Mac or Chromebook. From the web browser on your device you can edit scripts, start and stop chosen services, view live video, download results (.csv files).

To operate a Zantiks unit connect to the same network as the unit and open up the home page of the Zantiks unit, the Zantiks Control Console, by typing in the IP address of the unit in the browser (this is displayed on the MWP's screen when you boot up). From this home page you can operate all your networked units.

For instructions on how to set up the MWP, look at the MWP Introduction manual.

For details on how to use the Zantiks Control Console on your device, look at the Zantiks Control Console manual.


Tracking and video recording

Tracking of up to 96 single-housed small animals can be carried out at 30 Hz in the MWP. Video recordings may be made simultaneously. Tracking at up to 90Hz in a smaller central area is also possible.

Tracking single housed larval zebrafish in a 24-well plate in the Zantiks MWP

Tracking adult Drosophila in the Zantiks MWP