LT Introduction


The Zantiks LT unit helps standardise behavioural experiments in animal models, such as mice and rats, as well as fish and other similar sized animals. To use the Zantiks unit you need space on your lab bench, a nearby power supply, and your own browser-enabled device (e.g. smartphone/tablet/ laptop/PC/ Mac).

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Zantiks LT kit

  • Integrated unit (approx. 870mm H; 560mm D; 410mm W) with:
    • Computer
    • Camera
    • Motor (to drive solid, liquid and gas delivery)
    • Overhead 'house lights'
    • Screen at the bottom (or top) of the chamber
    • Power inputs to enable the addition of more built-in stimuli (e.g. mild electric shock)
    • Zanscript (Zantiks software)
    • A 12V power cable
    • Zantiks router* and power cable
    • Ethernet cable
  • One set of free add on equipment for one species. We will talk to new users about their requirements and work with them to ensure the first set of equipment meets their initial experimental needs. For more information on add on equipment please see below.

*One Zantiks router is supplied with the first unit, this is usually a Cisco router with 4 LAN ports and 1 WAN port. Subsequent units can be networked to this router, using a network switch if necessary.

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Add on equipment for aquatic animals

This may vary, according to the initial needs of the new user, however typically it will include:

  • One large aquatic tank (300mm height; 360mm width, 270 depth) with 2 clear ends, clear base, opaque sides. This tank comes with inserts:
    • Food hopper
    • 5 choice insert
    • 2 choice insert
    • Opaque sideways inserts x 2
    • Tabs to hold sideways inserts x 5
  • Three narrow tanks with inserts:
    • Food hopper x 3
    • Opaque lengthways inserts x 4
    • Tabs to hold inserts (3 sets of 5)
  • 3D tracking set:
    • 3D narrow tank with clear ends and base, infrared black sides
    • Mirror box insert
    • Side lighting for mirror
  • Brass feeder mechanism for solid food delivery of fish food (which attaches to the motor)
  • Peristaltic pump unit for liquid delivery (which attaches to the motor). We recommend you use the following tubing with it: 2mm internal diameter, 4mm external diameter silicone tubing.
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Add on equipment for rodents

This may vary, according to the initial needs of the new user, however typically it will include:

  • One large cage (300mm height; 360mm width, 270 depth). This cage will come with one set of inserts dependent on the users needs, which will include:
    • Food hopper insert
    • Y-maze insert
  • Pellet feeder mechanism for solid food delivery (which attaches to the motor)
  • Peristaltic pump unit for liquid delivery (which attaches to the motor). We recommend you use the following tubing with it: 2mm internal diameter, 4mm external diameter silicone tubing.
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Assembling the LT

The LT is dispatched in 3 parts. For instructions on how to assemble the LT please contact the office support@zantiks.com

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Setting up the LT

  1. Place the LT unit on a stable surface close to a power socket and away from disturbance.
  2. Connect the ethernet cable at the back of the Zantiks unit (see image (i) below) and plug this into any of the 4 slots available in the LAN section of the router.
  3. Insert the 12V power supply cable into the back socket of the AD located below the ethernet cable (see image (i) below) and plug it into the mains socket.
  4. Turn on the router and turn on the mains socket for the Zantiks unit. When the Zantiks unit powers on, a text screen will load and scroll across the screen in the unit.
  5. The unit’s IP address will display on the screen each time the unit is turned on. The IP address is used to identify the unit on the Zantiks Control Console.
  6. Using any browser-enabled device (smartphone/tablet/laptop/PC/Mac):
    1. go to your device’s network settings and connect to the wifi network “Zantiks”
    2. type in the network password, which is initially set up as: behaviour, simply
    3. go to the address bar of the web browser and type in the IP address for your Zantiks unit (see step 5 above).
  7. Your web browser should now display the Zantiks Control Console page.
Lt Unit Top Box Connectors V
i) Top box of the LT, showing black ethernet connected at the top right, below it is the socket for the power supply; CN8 4-way socket is for the overhead lights ; CN5 socket is for the shocking plates; CN1 is for the multi cable 2-way green connector plug

Demo scripts & Tutorials for the LT unit

There are some demo scripts which are applicable for both the LT and AD units which will be useful, in particular:

The Tutorials for Zanscript are very helpful introductions, with videos, explaining how to write and edit scripts using the Zantiks proprietary software, Zanscript.

However before looking at the demo scripts you need to continue reading the manuals, next go to to the Zantiks Control Console manual.