Aquarium Sciences and Conservation

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The effect of 2-phenoxyethanol and transport packing density on the post-transport survival rate and metabolic activity in the goldfish, Carassius auratus

  • H. Kaiser
  • N. Vine


To test the hypothesis that the anaesthetic 2-phenoxyethanol would reduce the metabolic rate and allow for higher transport packing densities, goldfish (3.93 +/- 5 g) were transported for 48 h at 25, 50 and 75 fish per 500 ml combined with anaesthetic concentrations of 0, 0.25 and 0.35 ml l-1. The anaesthetic did not affect the survival rate or the oxygen and ammonia concentrations. Thus, its use could not be recommended for the transport of goldfish. It is suggested that optimum packing densities be based on a minimum post-transport oxygen value of 4 mg l-1 for goldfish

anaesthesia transport techniques goldfish packing density oxygen consumption 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. Kaiser
    • 1
  • N. Vine
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Ichthyology and Fisheries ScienceRhodes University GrahamstownSouth Africa

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