At the core of most research in zoological disciplines, ranging from developmental biology to genetics to behavioral biology, is the ability to keep animals in captivity. While facilities for traditional model organisms often benefit from well-established designs, construction of a facility for less commonly studied organisms can present a challenge. Here, we detail the process of designing, constructing, and operating a specialized 10,000-liter aquatic facility dedicated to housing cichlid fishes for research purposes. The facility, comprising 42 aquaria capable of division into up to 126 compartments, a flow-through rack for juveniles, egg tumblers for eggs and embryos, and a microinjection setup, provides a comprehensive environment for all life stages of cichlid fishes. We anticipate that a similar design can be also used also for other tropical teleost fishes. This resource is designed to promote increased efficiency and success in cichlid fish breeding and research, thereby offering significant insights for aquatic research labs seeking to build or optimize their own infrastructures.
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StatusPublicerad - 1 sep. 2023
MoE-publikationstypB1 Artikel i en vetenskaplig tidskrift


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