Zantiks Optional Add-ons


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Experiment well plates

Compatible with Zantiks MWP, AD & LT


  • Y-maze plate - for use with zebrafish larvae or Drosophila
    • 15 wells (small) or 2 wells (large)
    • Can be made in either black, white or clear acrylic
15 Ymaze Plate
15 well Y-maze plate
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15 zebrafish larvae in the Zantiks Y-maze well plate. Similar in design to Buchanan et al., PNAS 2015.


  • Light / Dark plate - for use with zebrafish larvae or Drosophila
    • 12 or 24 wells
    • 10 mm deep wells
    • 2 covers for blocking light from the bottom and/or top of the plate
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12 well light/dark plate with cover on the bottom of the plate
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12 well light/dark plate with both covers on the plate

  • Social interaction plate - for use with zebrafish larvae
    • Can be made for use with focal fish or mirror stimuli

10 channel social plate with zebrafish larvae on both ends and the subject in the middle zone.


  • Mirror bite plate - for use with zebrafish larvae

  • Embryo plate & higher resolution lens - for use with zebrafish embryos
    • 96 wells
    • 12 mm lens for zoomed in, region of interest view

  • Courtship / Aggression plate - for use with Drosophila
    • 8 wells split evenly with a metal barrier
    • Secure lid
    • Barrier to be slid out to present subjects to each other
    • Can be made in either black or clear acrylic
Courtship_aggression plate
8 well courtship/aggression plate

  • Two choice plate
    • 12 'dumbbell' shaped choice wells

7 individual aphids with food choice vs control ends.

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Side Screen

Compatible with Zantiks AD & LT


  • Plugs directly into the unit - no additional power supply needed.
  • Allows for lateral presentation of images against 2 different walls of the unit.
  • With the side screen sitting underneath the food hopper, the lateral presentation of images can take place in the same location as the delivery of solid food.
  • Supplied with a black tank, which has a clear base and back wall, and a two choice insert which enables the screen to be split into 2 different zones.
  • Operates in the same way as the built-in screen underneath the tank.
    • NOTE: only one screen can be used at a time.
Zantiks AD side screen with tank and 2-choice insert
Zantiks side screen with tank and 2-choice insert

For details on setting up the side screen, see the 'Setting up the side screen' section in the Manuals. For a demo script showing how the side screen works, see the Side screen demo page.

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3D tracking unit

Compatible with Zantiks AD & LT


  • Allows for real-time tracking of animals in a three dimensional space (i.e., x,y,z coordinates)
  • Includes the tank, mirror box and IR sidelight
  • Includes a set of mirror bite inserts for zebrafish studies

Adult zebrafish in a mirror biting tank. Bottom shows a view of the fish from above and top shows a view of the same fish from the side. A mirror insert is placed vertically on the left side of the tank.

Adult zebrafish in a tank diving assay. Bottom shows a view of the fish from above and top shows a view of the same fish from the side.

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Side view multi-tank stand

Compatible with Zantiks MWP & LT


  • Enables for tracking and video capture from the side of the tank, rather than a top down view.
  • Can be configured in a variety of ways to accommodate containers of various sizes.
    • MWP SideView stand can hold up to 16 cuvettes.
    • LT Sideview stand can hold up to 96 cuvettes or 15 cell culture flasks.


Zantiks MWP Side View Stand


Mosquito larvae during a startle response assay in the Zantiks MWP SideView stand.

Daphnia In Cuvettes
Cuvettes individually containing 16 adult Daphnia in the SideView stand for the Zantiks MWP.
Mosquito Diving Cuvette
Mosquito larvae in the MWP SideView stand viewed from the system's camera.

Zantiks LT Side View Stand

2 adult zebrafish tracked in the LT SideView stand (timelapse).

Side View Tank In Lt
The side view stand is used with the LT system rotated onto its side. The stand can then be located within the viewing chamber of the LT. Information on how to set up the side view stand can be found in the LT manual.
6 Tank Front
Recording view of six T-75 cell culture flasks in the LT SideView stand
6 Tank Side
Shelf positions of the LT SideView stand can be adjusted to the tank size.
6 Tank Top
Top down view of the LT SideView stand
6 Tank In
Image of the LT SideView stand from the system's camera.
Black Tank Front
LT SideView stand setup for 2 opaque, black sided tanks with the vibration motor attached.
2 Tank Front
2 T-225 cell culture flasks in the LT SideView stand
3 Tank Front
3 T-150 cell culture flasks in the LT SideView stand
15 Tank Front
15 T-25 cell culture flasks in the LT SideView stand
Cuvette Front
Multi-tank stand with cuvette holders.
Cuvette In
View of the stand placed in the LT unit from the system's camera with cuvettes.
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Add-on equipment for Zantiks MWP


  • Extra LED colour for light plate stimulation
  • FTIR stand for Drosophila larvae
    • The frustrated total internal reflection (FTIR) stand allows for tracking of Drosophila larvae and can be used in replacement of the light stand in the MWP system.
  • Peltier temperature control unit
    • Control of the temperature from 6°C below to 12°C above ambient.
    • Powered entirely from the MWP unit and controlled from the Zanscript scripting language.
    • A separate unit that easily connects to the MWP units.
    • Allows for a greater range of control of air temperature compared to the standard temperature control system.
    • Operates via circulating the air in the testing chamber.
Temp Control
Adjusting the temperature in the MWP unit above and below ambient room temperature.
Both Tc From Above
Aerial view of both temperature control systems. The MWP on the left has the peltier system and the unit on the right has the standard system. Note that about 9 x the area is required for the peltier system

NOTE: As it operates by moving air through the unit, it may be beneficial for some experiments (such as long-term or animals that require humidity) to use lids or covers on the multi-well plates / petri dishes to reduce evaporation from the chambers containing animals.

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Add-on equipment for Zantiks LT


  • Standard AD sized tanks and shocking plates
    • Ideal for use in the LT system when wanting to standardise across Zantiks systems
    • Increases through put
    • Can be used for locomotor monitoring, operant studies, and aversion learning
Ad Tanks In Lt
Two AD sized tanks fit into the Zantiks LT.
2 Adtanks Lt
View from the system's camera of two AD tanks in the Zantiks LT system.

  • 8 x zebrafish Y-Maze inserts
    • Can assess memory and cognition of 8 fish at once
Zebra Ymaze
Zebrafish YMaze dimensions. Eight of these can fit within the LT system

Adult zebrafish in 8 Y-maze inserts in the LT system.

  • 1 x rodent Y-Maze insert
    • Can assess memory and cognition of mice
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Rodent YMaze dimensions. One of these can fit within the LT system

  • Plus maze
    • One animal can be placed in the plus maze at a time.
    • Includes a black acrylic cover with a cut out to create darkened and light arms of the plus maze and a central zone.
      • The cover can be rotated to determine which arms are dark and which are bright.

Adult zebrafish exploring the light/dark plus maze under alternating light and dark cycles.


  • Large tank / cages
    • The largest tank that can fill the experimental chamber measures 270 mm x 360 mm x 300 mm (W x L x H).
    • Equipment we have created for researchers include:
      • Four narrow tanks to fit the whole experimental chamber, these have opaque ends and clear sides and bottom; 75 mm x 360 mm x 300 mm (W x L x H).
      • Opaque side inserts - To prevent singly-housed animals from seeing the animal/s in adjacent tanks, opaque side inserts that slot on to the outside of the tank walls using tabs are used.

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  • Temperature control unit - heater only
    • Operates via circulating the air in the testing chamber.
    • Control of the temperature from 2-8°C above ambient.
    • System blows air through & controls temperature 2-8°C above ambient.
    • Supplied with a raised well plate stand.