Solid feed dispenser adaptable to all types of aquariums
Developed by Planktovie, the FISHGUN D2 is a semi-automatic dispenser of solid feed (powder, granules, etc.). This dipenser has been designed to facilitate the feeding of aquatic models (e.g. zebrafish) by zootechnicians in aquatic facilities, or hatching nurseries. It complements the FISHGUN L2 which was created for the distribution of live feed (Rotifers, Daphnia, Artemis, etc…).
The Fishgun D2 is composed of :
- An ergonomic handle for an easy and effortless use;
- A digital display for a better control of the operations;
- A technological system to deliver solid feed through vibrations;
- Interchangeable 75 ml conical tubes for different types and sizes of dry feed from 75 µm to 600 µm;
- An induction charger for greater safety and robustness;
- An RFID scanner identifying the aquariums to know the number of fish present, and thus deliver the right amount of feed according to the number of fish in each tank;
- A notching system on the conical tubes allowing the device to adapt to the main brands of aquariums on the market (Aquaneering, Techniplast, Pentair and Iwaki).
Feeding your fish is simplified. With the FISHGUN D2 in your hands, you will be able to :
- improve the accuracy and reproducibility at which you feed your fish (coefficient of variation less than 20% for grain sizes of 75 µm and 150 µm, less than 10% for grain sizes of 300 µm, and less than 5% for grain sizes of 500 µm and more);
- save operating time and reduce labour costs;
- reduce the musculoskeletal disorders of zootechnicians caused by long-term use of a fully manual system;
- have a versatile solution to feed your fish (ex: zebrafish) throughout their life cycle.
An article explaining the concept of developing and using FISHGUN was published in the Zebrafish journal.
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Rémy Le Guével, head of the ImPACcell platform –
For 1 year, we have been using the Fishgun to feed fish from the Zebrafish pet shop of the ImPACcell/BIOSIT platform in Rennes.
This device has greatly simplified our fish feeding operations and we have gained in speed and reproducibility.
Rémy Le Guével, head of the ImPACcell platform
S. Tronche and A. Bois, technician engineers – IBPS Aquatic Platform – University of Sorbonne, Paris. –
“After 2 months of intensive use […] we can say that [the Fishgun] does its job perfectly. The shape fits perfectly in the opening of our tanks […] and no more animalist suffers from arm pain.”
S. Tronche and A. Bois, technician engineers – IBPS Aquatic Platform – University of Sorbonne, Paris.
A. Amiel, Phd – University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, Faculty of Medicine. –
“The Fishgun has been a real asset in managing our pet shop in Nice. Among other things, it allows us to save time and to be precise in the distribution of food.”
A. Amiel, Phd – University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, Faculty of Medicine.
A. Willaert, Phd, Centrum Medische Genetica of the university of Ghent, Belgium –
“The Fishgun has an ergonomic design that is shaped to fit comfortably in the hand.
In combination with the RFID tags, the Fishgun allows us to provide a specific amount of food depending on to the number of fish in a tank.
The Fishgun is easy to refill.”
A. Willaert, Phd, Centrum Medische Genetica of the university of Ghent, Belgium (https://www.zebrafishfacilityghent.org/).
C. Gonzalez, Phd – Laboratory of Pathogen-Host Interactions (LPHI) – University of Montpellier. –
“The Fishgun is a very useful working tool for us. It allows us to feed the fish with a precise daily amount of food for each fish in each aquarium. This allows us to feed without excess and then keep the aquariums clean and spend less time feeding and maintaining the fish and aquariums.
I recommend it for any good zebrafish researcher or pet shop technician”.
C. Gonzalez, Phd – Laboratory of Pathogen-Host Interactions (LPHI) – University of Montpellier.
V. Janssens –
“We are very happy with the Fishgun. Easy to use, no technical incidents (except 1 but very quickly solved by a small modification (tube that went down by the vibrations)). The plus is that we no longer have to estimate the number of fish for each aquarium, especially when there are +/- 1000, and therefore less food is wasted”.
V. Janssens, R.A., Lab Manager, Déléguée SHE
A. Drouard –
“We have had the Fishgun for a year now, it is relatively easy to use and has allowed us to improve the volumes of feed in the aquariums and avoid over/under feeding in the aquariums. The weekend feedings are done by the many users, the arrival of the Fishgun has brought us a standardisation of the quantities dispensed. The distribution time may seem a little long at first, but it finally allows for increased daily observation of the fish. A small reservation about the vibrations transmitted to the aquariums during distribution, a study of the impact on well-being could be interesting”.
A. Drouard, Zebrafish Facility Team Jopling : Cardiac Development, Disease and Regeneration Institut de Génomique Fonctionnelle
Sophie NUNES FIGUEIREDO –
“The FishGun D1 is not only more reliable and repeatable in terms of the amount delivered, but also much more ergonomic for the staff than manual feeding. The FishGun D1 is easy to use and has greatly improved our procedures. After 6 months of use we are delighted with the investment”!
Sophie NUNES FIGUEIREDO, Phd Manager animalerie Zebrafish – Institut du Cerveau et de la Moelle épinière