Stickleback Care

(version 1.0;   01/27/04)

 

Water chemistry

 

Note:  We raise a lot of hybrid sticklebackwith parents from both marine and freshwater envrionments.  We, therefore, raise our fish in 0.35 % salt water.  Our fish seem to do quite well in this water, however it may not be ideal for fish from all locations.

 

140 g Instant Ocean (synthetic sea salt)

16 mL sodium bicarbonate solution

to 40 L with dH2O

 

100 g NaHCO3

700 mL dH2O

stir and heat, very slowly adding 125 mL 2N HCl

add dH2O to 1 L

sterilize using a 0.45 Ám filter

 

Acceptable levels for waste products are as follows:

 

Food

 

Lighting and Temperature


Monitoring Water Condtions

 

Because of the high density of fish living in our Zmod units, we test the water conditions in these tanks daily.  For individual aquaria, we test the water on a montly basis. 

 

To maintain compliance with animal care guidelines and for our own use, we maintain written records of all test results.  For each tank or unit we use a standardized table similar to the one pictured below to record all of the information.

 

 

Time fed

Room/water temperature

conductivity

ammonia

nitrite

nitrate

pH

Monday

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Tuesday

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Wednesday

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Thursday

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Friday

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Saturday

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Sunday

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