Zantiks AD


The Zantiks AD unit is ideal for measuring the behaviour of small fish and small rodents and other similarly sized animals.

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Benefits


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
  • Includes software, 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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Target studies


The Zantiks AD unit is suitable for:

Please contact us if you have any specific behavioural studies in mind.

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18 units in operation in the Brennan lab, Queen Mary University London
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Zantiks AD kit


Overall unit size (external, approx. mm): 220 width, 300 length, 500 height

Tank / cage size (internal, mm): 140 width, 200 length, 150 height

Technical specification

Integrated unit AD for rodents AD for fish
Computer
Camera
Overhead lights
Screen (for visual stimuli)
Sound card (for audio/sound stimuli)
Motor (operation of peristaltic pump or solid food delivery)
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Built-in stimuli


  • Overhead illumination – colour, brightness and duration can be specified with ms accuracy.
    • Can be used for ambient lighting, circadian rhythm entrainment and light flashes.
  • Solid and liquid delivery – both solid and liquid food reward, as well as chemical liquid stimuli can be supplied.
  • Visual stimuli – supplied on a screen from underneath the tank. These can be specified with sizes, shapes, colours, locations and bitmaps.
    • As they are displayed via a screen, response times and update times can be controlled up to the 60Hz refresh rate of the display.
  • Audio stimuli - allows playback of *.wav files through a range of speaker options.
    • Suitable for startles, predator cues, vocal calls of conspecifics, etc.
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Included equipment for fish


  • One tank with mesh lid approx. 150mm H; 200mm D; 140mm W and with clear bottom and opaque white sides
  • Two stainless steel shocking plates with cable and testing LED strip -For use as a mild shocking stimulus in aquatic environments
    • Controllable voltage and duration
  • Brass feeder mechanism for solid food delivery - attaches to the motor
  • Peristaltic pump unit for liquid delivery - attaches to the motor
    • We recommend you use the following tubing with it: 2mm internal diameter, 4mm external diameter silicone tubing.
  • External light with an extra connector

  • Tank inserts to create multiple different arenas:
    • Arena lengthwise dividing inserts x 3
    • Arena widthwise dividing inserts x 3
      • Arena dividers can be used to create up to four separate testing compartments for tracking four fish in one unit
    • Food magazine insert x 1
      • Designed to form an area for the fish to enter and collect food reward, as well as an entry point for initiating trials during discrimination tasks
    • 5-aperture insert x 1
      • Creates five distant entry points at the opposite end of the tank from food delivery
      • The five apertures act in a similar fashion to the five nose poke holes in rodent tasks.
    • Open base lengthwise inserts x 2
    • Open base widthwise inserts x 2
    • Light/Dark inserts x 1
    • Novel tank diving inserts x1
    • pair of Y-maze inserts
      • allows for testing 2 fish simultaneously

Please contact us for additional inserts and tanks or if you would like bespoke inserts for your experiment.

Tank And Food Hopper 5 Choice Inserts
AD tank which fits the adjacent food hopper and 5-choice inserts
Ad Tanks
AD tanks
Ad Tank 3 Width Inserts
AD tank set up with 4 width chambers
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AD tank set up with shocking plates and 4 length inserts
Y Maze Adunit Insert
Y-maze designed for adult zebrafish in the AD tank
Y Maze In Ad Tank
Y-maze inserted into an AD tank
Novel Tank Inserts For Ad Unit
Inserts for the AD unit for novel tank diving with fish (from left to right): stand, tank, funnel, foam door
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Inserts that create a dark box within the AD tank, a gap at the bottom of the tank allows fish to swim between light and dark zones
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Included equipment for mice


  • One cage with lid - approx. 150mm H; 200mm D; 140mm W and with clear bottom and opaque white sides
  • Pellet feeder mechanism for solid food delivery - attaches to the motor
  • Peristaltic pump unit for liquid delivery - attaches to the motor
    • We recommend you use the following tubing with it: 2mm internal diameter, 4mm external diameter silicone tubing.
  • External light with an extra connector
  • Cage inserts to create multiple different arenas:
    • Food magazine insert x1
    • 5-aperture insert x 1
    • Two-choice insert x 1

Please contact us for additional inserts and tanks or if you would like bespoke inserts for your experiment.

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Add-on equipment


Please see the Optional add-ons page for additional equipment offered.

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How 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) via the Zantiks Control Console.

For details on how to use the Zantiks Control Console, see the Zantiks Control Console manual.

High-throughput studies are easy to conduct with multiple units. All units are operated via the same web browser and can run identical experiments consecutively.

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Tracking and video recording


Tracking of up to 4 single housed zebrafish, or similarly sized model organisms, can be carried out in the AD using the tank inserts.

Scripts deliver real-time processed results which can be downloaded from the unit as a .csv file. The summary data that can be collected includes measuring distance moved, time spent in arenas / zones, number of times a zone is entered.

Video recordings may be made simultaneously and these can be downloaded from the unit as a .avi file.

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Example of the type of real-time processed results data you can download as a .csv file

An adult zebrafish in the AD unit during a 5-choice serial reaction time task

A mouse explores the AD unit, the cage has a food hopper and a 5 aperture inserts

Two singly-housed adult zebrafish in the AD unit, in a y-maze test of perserveration and repetitive alternation.