Zantiks MWP

The Zantiks MWP is suitable for use with larval zebrafish, adult 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
MWP in Camb Lab 2

Target Studies

A range of studies on larval zebrafish, Drosophila and Daphnia and other similarly sized organisms can be run in the MWP 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 temperature control

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
  • Temperature control – the temperature of the the enclosed air in the MWP chamber can be controlled, the range of control within is from about 5 to 15 degrees Centigrade above the ambient temperature of the laboratory.

How to operate

The Zantiks AD 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 AD'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 MultiWell plate in the Zantiks MWP

Tracking adult Drosophila in the Zantiks MWP