Ornamentals & Aquariums
AQUI-S® is the ideal fish anaesthetic for reducing stress in your aquarium. Aquariums range in size from small glass bowls to outdoor ponds and immense public aquaria housing entire ecosystems. All aquariums, regardless of size, require ongoing maintenance. This maintenance often causes severe stress to the housed animals including fish, crustacea (crabs and shrimp) and elasmobranchs (sharks and rays). AQUI-S® can be used effectively on all these species.
Stress in the Aquarium
High levels of stress or prolonged periods of stress can create severe health and breeding problems. Stress arises in fish when the animal experiences alterations in its immediate environment such as:
- Chemical changes - contaminants, low oxygen and acidification
- Physical changes - handling, capture, confinement and transport
- Perceived changes - startling or predators
Fish respond to stress with a release of hormones into the blood which triggers several physiological responses including an increase in heart rate, blood pressure and blood glucose. These, in turn, lead to increased susceptibility to disease, reduced breeding success, altered behaviour and reduced survivability. Whilst stress will never be entirely eradicated, it can be minimised with the correct management.