For over 30 years, ARO has also been supplying aquatic organisms for biomedical research. Organisms maintained by ARO that are of special interest to researchers include Zebrafish, Japanese Medaka, Rainbow trout and Fathead minnows. We will also go out of our way to find obscure or unusual organisms needed for research. If it is available, ARO will help you find it.
ARO Education Services
For many years, ARO and its employees have been developing working relationships with teachers and educators from all over the United States. We have been supplying quality fish and other aquatic animals for classroom use and we have been serving as consultants to educators who are interested in classroom aquarium care. If you are currently keeping aquatic animals in your classroom or if you would like to in the future, call us. We can help you find the information or resources you need to be successful. Teachers ordering on school purchase orders are eligible for discounts on many of the organisms we sell. Please call for details.
Aquatic Research Organisms, Inc. maintains an on-going program of quality assurance to provide our customers with the highest quality organisms available. These programs include health monitoring and performance evaluation of organisms through the use of standard reference toxicants.
Aquatic Research Organisms, Inc. conducts health monitoring on most of its in-house fish breeding colonies. Populations are inspected annually by a certified independent laboratory. Specific pathogens are evaluated and compared to the expected occurrence within each species. Health monitoring reports are available on request.
Reference Toxicant Testing
Reference toxicant testing is performed monthly on selected species. Specific life stages are exposed to a known toxicant (e.g., sodium dodecyl sulfate.) The exposure is conducted over a pre-established series of concentrations which will yield mortality results sufficient to calculate an LC50. Reference toxicant data is charted and used to evaluate the overall health of the organisms over time.