Drosophila CO2 Fly Pads

MINJ-DROS-FP:  $145.95 - In Stock
Tritech Research offers the most elegant fly pad design available. With completely solid construction, these fly pads are sturdy and will provide quite an even flow of CO2 to keep your flies aenesthetised during microscopic examination. With a large surface area of 8.9 x 12.7 cm (3.5 x 5.0 in.), the pads are less than 1 cm thick, making them the most convenient to work with under the microscope.

The Drosophila anesthesia pad attached to a CO2 source via its input barb that fits securely into tubing with a 1/8 inch (3mm) Inside Diameter (ID).

For the best control, we recommend a CO2 source that is foot-pedal-controlled, such as our Drosophila Anesthesia CO2 station, for one CO2 pad, or our Dual Station for two. Alternatively, the pads can be attached directly to a CO2 regulator via a flow control for continuous flow.


Q: What is the recommended CO2 flow rate for the fly pad?
A: We recommend a flow rate of between 5 - 15 liters per minute, depending on the needs of the end user. The lower end would be for a more continuous flow, and the higher end would be for shorter pulses that knock out the insects and then stay off until they begin to wake up, for example, as delivered by our Drosophila Anesthesia CO2 station, MINJ-DROS-1.

Q: What are the recommended cleaning procedures for the flypad?
A: The fly pad surface is quite inert. The frame is acrylic, so it is less inert than the pad. Here is how we recommend cleaning the fly pad:
1) Attach the fly pad to a CO2 source so that gas is flowing out of the pad and water cannot flow in easily.
2) Submerge the fly pad in a big bowl or tray of water (you will see bubbles rushing out of it).
3) Use a toothbrush to brush debris off the fly pad
4) Remove the fly pad from the water.
5) Turn off the CO2
You are free to use any kind of detergent with the toothbrush, for example, dish soap, anti-microbial soap, toothpaste (a mild abrasive), de-greasers like "409" or "Fantastik", etc. However, it is important to keep the gas flowing so that the cleaning agents don't penetrate deeply into the gas permeable pad, or they will be difficult to remove. If you use any detergents, submerge the fly pad in clean water and brush it clean as a last step, then turn off the gas.

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