[Zbrafish] Re: Alternative systems to Aquatic Habitats

Leviathan jason.cockington at adelaide.edu.au
Fri Jul 21 00:20:08 EST 2006


Hi kevin,

Fantastic, welcome to the Zf model  :O)

We are currently in the process of expanding and upgrading our
facility.  We are begining to purchase Ahab units for this upgrade, so
i can appreciate what you mean with regards to cost.

I can send you some specs and photos of the systems we built here in
adelaide at a relatively cheap price compared to the Ahab units.

We are slowly replacing the old units with the new Ahab ones for
several reasons.  One being our old units require a large amount more
realestate than the Ahab units, and don't hold quite the same volume of

fish.  This has become an issue recently because the interrest in our
Zf facility has risen from 2 labs to about 9 labs, and it is just
proving next to impossible to provide 9 labs with the appropriate
numbers of fish from a facility designed to supply 3 at a push!

One benefit of our old systems is that they have been very forgiving
with regards to inexperience with handling Zeb.  They were desinged
with large water sumps, which is excellent when it comes to neglecting
the water quality, but they do take up a bit of space.

let me know if you are interrested in knowing more,

jason




David G. White wrote:
> Hello Kevin
> You could try Aquaneering http://www.aquaneer.com/ their products are near identical to AHAB (with a few advantages), and are more economically feasible. The phone no# is 858 541 2028 ask for Mark Francis (see if you can talk him in to borrowing a system for a year).
>
> You can also try building a system using rain gutters, salad bar containers as fish tanks(American food services), bulkhead fittings, PVC, a magnetic pump and some ocean clear filters. Perhaps the most important and expensive item is the fish rack, you want stainless steel or some plastic composite (check out Metromax shelves) that can hold the weight of the tanks and not rust. You can probably put together a system like this (5'-6') shelf for 3k-4k.
>
> Best of luck, dave
>
>
> David G White
> Research Coordinator
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> University of Washington
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> On Thu, 13 Jul 2006, Tiago Filipe Baptista da Rosa Repolho wrote:
>
> > Dear Kevin Jones,
> >
> > You might want to check Aquarien-Bau Schwarz systems.
> > I have worked both with Aquatic Habitats as well as Marine Biotech Systems and
> > I can tell you that Aquarien-Bau Schwarz systems are simpler, more cost
> > efective as well as cheaper to acquire and of easier maintenance.
> > Check their website: www.aquaschwarz.com
> > Ask them for a quote on a stand alone PVC unit.
> > Hope I could help,
> > Kind Regards,
> >
> > Tiago Repolho
> >
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> >> Hi All,
> >>
> >> I am considering establishing a small zebrafish colony. I am familiar with
> >> the benchtop system offered by Ahab, but it is prohibitively expensive until
> >> I secure further funding. I am looking for less expensive options. Is anyone
> >> aware of a website or other reference that may be useful to me? I've read
> >> about high school students using recycled milk jugs to house fish, but I
> >> don't need to take that extreme of an approach. I am hoping to find an off
> >> the shelf system with a price that falls somewhere in between milk jugs and
> >> the Ahab system. Is it economically feasible to simply go to a local
> >> aquarium shop and have someone piece together a system for me?
> >>
> >> Thanks in advance for all advice,
> >> Kevin
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