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MWP Introduction

The smaller Zantiks MWP helps standardise behavioural phenotyping in model organisms such as larval zebrafish, Drosophila and Daphnia. To use the Zantiks unit you need a small space on your lab bench, a nearby power supply, and your own browser-enabled device (smartphone/tablet/ laptop/PC/ Mac).


Zantiks MWP kit

  • Integrated unit (approx. 270mm H; 220mm D; 160mm W) with:
    • Zanscript (Zantiks software)
    • Built-in features / stimuli (screen, vibrating motor, overhead ‘house lights')
    • Temperature control*
    • Camera
    • Computer
  • A 12V power cable
  • Zantiks router** and power cable
  • Ethernet cable
  • Fits standard multiwell plates and Petri dishes***

* Currently we can control the temperature of the enclosed air in the MWP system. The unit controls a temperature range from about 5 to 15 degrees Centigrade above the ambient temperature of the laboratory.

** Zantiks router is supplied with the first unit, this is typically 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.

*** Multiwell plates and Petri dishes not supplied.


Behavioural studies in the MWP include:

  • Locomotor activity
  • Circadian rhythm monitoring
  • Toxicity, phenotyping and drug screening
  • Startle response, habituation and prepulse inhibition

Setting up the MWP

  1. Place the MWP unit on a stable surface close to a power socket and away from disturbance.
  2. Insert the 12V power supply cable into the side socket of the MWP and plug it into the mains socket (see image below).
  3. Connect the ethernet cable at the side of the MWP unit and plug this into any of the 4 slots available in the LAN section of the router.
  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 be displayed 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 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 (as mentioned above).
  7. Your web browser should now display the Zantiks Control Console page.
Side of MWP unit showing plugs: Bottom left (orange) ethernet cable plugs in; above it is the 12V power supply plug; next to this the socket for the green 2-plug; to the far right the socket for the green 4-plug