Thu, Oct 28 2021

New Shuttle Box Systems

Check out our new shuttle box systems

We offer complete and fully automated shuttle box systems for preference/avoidance experiments in aquatic invertebrates and fish. The systems include all the necessary hardware and software for experiments with temperature, oxygen, salinity, pH/CO2, and combinations hereof.

Simply choose a core shuttle box system, and then add up to two add-on shuttle box systems to run a full featured 3-tank setup. In other words, you can now run three shuttle tanks at the same time, and you can even track multiple objects per tank thanks to our new ShuttleSoft 3 software.



For the first time since 2009, a new and major upgraded version of our ShuttleSoft software is available! ShuttleSoft 3 is compatible with almost all video files and cameras, and with our new industrial grade LAN/Bluetooth power strip (PowerX4) for pump/valve control, and WTW data logger interface – our Shuttle Box Systems for animal preference/avoidance behavior have never been smarter.

The new PowerX4.

Current users of ShuttleSoft, as well as newcomers to shuttle box experiments, will appreciate the many new time-saving features and user-friendly software, as well as a detailed data analysis and statistics section, and improved performance in an intelligible, clean-looking software.

Live overview of shuttle tank water parameter regulation.

One of the main benefits is the video performance enhancement and multiple tank operation. ShuttleSoft 3 can handle simultaneous recording, logging, and regulation in up to three shuttle tanks at a time – all from a single PC. You also have the option of tracking multiple animals per tank, which means that you can run Shuttle Box experiments with much higher throughput than before.

You can also record videos of your static and dynamic shuttle box experiments directly in ShuttleSoft 3 – a good tool for documentation. Static experiments videos can then be tracked and analyzed whenever you want with the new offline video file tracking functionality. And ShuttleSoft now supports a long list of camera models and video file formats.

Another new feature in ShuttleSoft 3, is the built-in data analysis section. This functionality allows the user to see statistics and visual representations of your data. And if you are running live experiments, all data are shown live as well!

Live data representation from a running shuttle box experiment.

ShuttleSoft 3 connects seamlessly with required hardware for video capture and water quality control via LAN, Bluetooth, and USB. No more analog signals (read: no more noise)! Use the handheld 3310 meters from German WTW for sensing temperatureoxygensalinity, and pH/CO2, or our Witrox instrument for oxygen and temperature experiments.

Tell me more!

I want to try a demo!

You can download and try a free demo version of ShuttleSoft 3 with limited functionality.

Wait, I have a question!

Feel free to contact us any time with questions or concerns. If you prefer to discuss via a video meeting, we will be happy to arrange a session.

Wed, Jul 07 2021

New 360° swim tunnel for viewing and filming

The new modified version of our 30 L and 90 L swim tunnel features a widened midsection that allows the user to place a camera in a dry compartment during operation. This means that you can use the 360° swim tunnel to force-swim animals while filming them through a 10 mm thick acrylic wall from four unobstructed angles: left, right, from above and from underneath.

The water flow can be adjusted independently from 5-175 and 5-165 cm/sec, respectively, as in our standard 30 L and 90 L swim tunnels, and the swim tunnel’s reduced volume still makes the 360° swim tunnel suitable for respirometric methods.

Fri, Jun 25 2021

Sponsoring SEB 2021 symposium

We are sponsoring this symposium:


The symposium takes place at the SEB 2021 virtual meeting and features an impressive line-up of speakers and interesting topics.

Aquatic ectotherms are intimately linked to their environment. Daily and seasonal variation in water conditions (e.g., oxygen, salinity) often have dramatic impacts on behavior and physiology of freshwater and marine organisms.

Two critical systems, respiration and osmoregulation, are routinely impacted by variation in the aquatic environment. The “osmo-respiratory compromise” describes the complex interactions between the two systems.

The symposium proposes to gather a group of early career scientists with other later career scientists to explore respiration and osmoregulation in aquatic invertebrates and vertebrates living under diurnal or seasonal environmental fluctuations in various habitats (e.g., tide pools, coral reefs, mangroves).

Invited talks:

Kathleen Gilmour

Lauren Chapman

Anne Todgham

Brad Seibel

Sandra Fehsenfield

Brittney Borowiec


Marina Giacomin

Inga Petersen

Victor Le Layec

Jehan-Hervé Lignot

Felix Mark

Giorgi Dal Pont

Giulia Rossi

Pedro Guerreiro

Jodie Rummer

Chris Wood

Catherine Williams


Jan Knobloch

Quanquan Cao

Shang-Wu Shih

Emily Agreda

Spencer St. John

Laura Mégevand

The meeting is virtual, so we have helped creating an awesome T-shirt designed by Patricia Wright, University of Guelph (photo), for all the speakers to wear during the webinars. See if you can spot them!

Mon, Jun 14 2021

Sponsoring SETAC PNC 2021

We are sponsoring the 2021 SETAC PNC - Laurentian SETAC Joint Annual Meeting!

This year's (virtual) SETAC PNC meeting is taking place from June 14-18th, and with a short-course on Science Communication scheduled for June 17th, 2021.

For more information, please visit: 2021 Joint Annual Meeting | setac-pnc (, and check out the official SETAC_PNC Twitter account (SETAC Prairie Northern (@SETAC_PNC) / Twitter).

Mon, May 31 2021

Sponsoring the Nothobranchius Symposium 2021

The Nothobranchius Symposium 2021 is a biennial meeting that serves as a platform for researchers with an interest in all aspects of Nothobranchius biology from biomedical to ecological research to meet and discuss ideas.

We are sponsoring the symposium which takes place virtually on Zoom, on 3-4 June, 2021, in order to support this interesting scientific community.

Official Twitter account / hashtag: / #Notho2021

For more info about the meeting, please visit:

Tue, May 11 2021

Sponsoring CSZ 2021

We are supporting the Canadian Society of Zoologists 2021 Virtual Meeting as Gold level sponsors.

The CSZ takes place from May 17-21, and the meeting will include award lectures, student and postdoc award competitions, symposia, section meetings, discussion forums and networking events, and the awards ceremony.

Contributed oral and poster presentations will be viewable on-demand, starting the week before the live program begins.

For more information, please visit: CSZ Online 2021 – Canadian Society of Zoologists (, and check out the official CSZ-SCZ Twitter account. Use #CSZSCZ2021

Wed, May 05 2021

New treadmill swim tunnel for walking fish or invertebrates

A new modified version of our 30 L swim tunnel, with a motorized transparent belt that can be operated independently of the water flow, is now available.

We call it a Treadmill Swim Tunnel, and you can use it to force-exercise walking fish like rays or gurnards, crustaceans like crayfish or lobster, and other benthic animals at various speeds.

The moving floor is made from transparent food-grade rubber material allowing filming from below, and the planar lid and wall surrounding the test section also allows for filming/viewing from the top and left side.

The water flow can be adjusted independently from 5-175 cm/sec as for our standard 30 L swim tunnel, by means of a second motor and control box.

Tue, Mar 02 2021

Fish Swimming Course - Summer 2021

If you are an early-career researcher (graduate student or postdoc) interested in fish locomotion and ecophysiology, do not miss this great opportunity. Applications will be accepted for two more weeks (until mid-March 2021).

Friday Harbor Labs are offering a Fish Swimming course taught by Paolo Domenici, John Steffensen and Jacob Johansen for graduate students and postdocs between July 19th and August 20th, 2021.

For more information (including tuition and financial aid) go to:

See also:

Applications will be accepted during the first two weeks of March 2021. Early applications are encouraged, and financial aid is available to students from all countries.

For more information, contact or

Mon, Feb 22 2021

New PCR film for sealing microplates

Based on positive user feedback, we recommend using PCR film, rather than parafilm, to seal our glass microplates when used for closed respirometry. The PCR sealing film that we now offer is a self-sticking clear polyester sheet that simply sticks onto the glass microplate providing a water-tight seal minimizing sample evaporation and contamination.

Watch this tutorial on how to apply the PCR film: