FishCore facility is funded by Monash University, ARMI, Victorian
Government through the Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional
Opened 2008 by Gavin Jennings, Victorian Shadow Minister for Health.
Newly constructed state of the art Zebra Fish Research Facility located
in the STRIP precinct, Monash University Clayton campus.
FishCore is a member of the Victorian platform technologies network.
The VPTN is a collaborative network of biomedical research facilities
that provide state-of-the-art infrastructure and expertise to the
biomedical, health and biotechnology research sector.
Total area of the facility is 624 sqm including a filtration plant room of 136 sqm.
Number of tanks
Total 6500 tanks: 1000 quarantine and 5500 main system tanks split
across two different recirculation systems. Tank vary ranging from one
to ten litres specifically designed for zebrafish.
Water used for the quarantine and main systems are part of a separate
recirculation systems. The water is recycled and cleaned via mechanical
and biological filtration systems then returned to the facility.
Water Disinfection- Facility recirculated water is constantly
disinfected via UV Sterilization using Hydro Optic Disinfection
Technology, resulting in the inactivation of harmful pathogenic micro
organisms System supplied by Atlantium Pty Ltd.
Supply water - Water supply consists of two
Reverse Osmosis Water (ROW) systems supplying large quantities of
purified water to storage tanks. System supplied and installed by
Millipore Pty Ltd (Millipore.com.au). System is then dosed with a
conditioner which contains mixture of different salts, minerals and
trace elements essential for zebrafish care.
Monitoring - Online 24 hour 7 days a week
environmental control and monitoring ensuring optimal water quality,
light cycles, and plant room equipment monitoring provided by OxyGuard
and Techno Lab.
- AQIS certified quarantine facility
meeting Class 7.7 Live laboratory fish requirements, allowing the
importation of zebrafish from other research institutions and stock
centers all around the world.
PC2 - The entire facility is a OGTR PC2
certified aquatic organism facility. Which allows the housing and
creation of transgenic aquatic organisms.
Washroom - Dedicated washing facility used for tank cleaning and disinfection.
Food Preparation Room - Facility which cultures both Artemia and paramecium two different types of live food essential for early larval fish development.
Paramecium, small protozoan used as the first live feed fed
to the zebrafish larvae. Cultured on site in continuous large
quantities to accommodate large numbers of larvae production.
Artemia, a small crusteacean used as the second live feed for
larvae zebrafish as soon as their mouth are large enough to ingest them,
also cultured on site.
Juvenile and Adult zebrafish Feed: The facility uses the INVE
aquaculture O.range of finfish hatchery feed improving both the health
and resistance of zebrafish stocks.
The facility offers three microinjection stations, consisting of
pneumatic microinjector, micromanipulator, needle pullers and
There are also a number of standalone steriomicroscopes for embryo sorting., and
Incubators are provided for the first 4-5 days of zebrafish development before they enter the aquatic recirculation system.
The facility also has high end confocal and florescent live imaging microscopes available for use.
If researchers have any other microscope requirements, the Monash Micro
Imaging facility next door offers consultation, instrumentation,
services, training, collaborative research and project development for a
variety of microspocopy requirements.
The zebrafish size and anatomical characteristics make it an ideal model
for studying various phenotypes via histological methodology. The
Monash Histology Platform offers a world class of histology service
including high throughput histology of zebrafish.
facility is also located next door to FishCore at the Monash University Clayton
AquaCore: Axolotl/Shark Core Research Facility to finish construction in late 2012.
The axolotl facility will be used to maintain a breeding colony of a
variety of pedigree axolotls. Facility will house large 1.5m tanks for
large breeding adults, right down to hundreds of small larvae rearing
Axolotl Research Links
Marine Research System
System will house a broodstock of Epaulette sharks Hemiscyllium
ocellatum and an incubation system for the Elephant shark Callorhinchus
Aquacore will also include multiple marine tanks ranging in size with
the capability to house other tropical and temperate water marine
Glass aquaria ranging from 10L right through to 1000L
Round polyethylene tanks 100L to 5000L