In recognition of the fact that there are numerous aquatic species from a diverse range of environments, and subsequently a comparably diverse range of captive husbandry requirements, this SOP cannot cover all aquatic species. This document provides guidance on the general issues that must be addressed in an SOP, as well as items such as lab hygiene that are not a variable. Species-specific SOP's need to be developed by the researchers for each species being worked on to ensure the proper housing and care needs of that species are adequately met.
Water Sources and Effluent
Surgery, Anesthesia, Euthanasia and Animal Disposition
Monitoring and Quality Control
Live animals in the lab should be monitored daily. This daily monitoring should visually examine all animals for health and all LSS for proper function. Daily logs should be maintained for all animals or groups of animals (as appropriate). These logs should include the date, name (initials are OK) of person, and time at a minimum. Any observations should be noted, such as something not looking right, a pump needing repair, dead animals, etc. Additionally, any specific routine activities such as feeding, water changes, tank cleaning, water quality measurements, procedures performed, etc. should all be noted on the daily log as they occur. The log should be readily available in the lab, hanging directly on a tank or rack of tacks is ideal. Such routine monitoring and logging of daily activities help to ensure a high quality of animal care and high-quality experimental results.