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Subject: Re: adhesives to tag small fishes
From: Chris Harrod <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Scientific forum on fish and fisheries <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Tue, 19 Apr 2005 09:42:00 +0200
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Mike,
although not directly related to your application (damselfish), I have used
superglue to good effect on fish.

We used commercially available superglue (Loctite super glue gel) as an
alternative to suturing an incision (25-30 mm long) made to implant acoustic
tags in European eels (Anguilla anguilla)- following Baras & Jeandrain
(1998). Not surprisingly, we found that the key to successful adhesion was
to ensure that the surface was blotted as dry as possible.

We recaptured one of the tagged eels ca. 3 months after release and the scar
was only just visible. In fact if it had not have been pit-tagged we
wouldn't have identified it as a acoustically-tagged fish (as the tag had
died).

There are cyanoacrylate glues available for surgical usage which are far
more expensive than the regular superglue you can buy in the shops, but are
less aggressive to the fish's tissues.

Baras E, Jeandrain D (1998) Evaluation of surgery procedures for tagging eel
Anguilla anguilla (L.) with biotelemetry transmitters. Hydrobiologia
371-372:107-111


All the best
Chris


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From: Scientific forum on fish and fisheries
[mailto:[log in to unmask]]On Behalf Of Michael Robinson
Sent: 18 April 2005 19:46
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Subject: adhesives to tag small fishes


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Hello list,

I would like to glue small tags onto the operculum (yes, the operculum) of
some
small damselfish (Stegastes partitus, ca. 8 cm TL).  I hope to use only a
small
dab of adhesive (ca. 5 mm diameter), but I will need to hold on a fairly
large,
robust tag (ca. 1 cm long, 6 mm wide and 6 mm high).  I would like the tags
to
stay in place for at least 3 weeks, but I don't need them for more than
several
months.

I see suggested on the web using cyanoacrylate (Super glue) or epoxy.  Does
anyone have any experience at using small amounts of either of these?  Can
anyone suggest anything better?

Thank you very much!
Mike
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Michael P. Robinson
Dept. of Biology                   Korn, Bier, Schnaps und Wein,
P.O. Box 249118                    und wir hoeren unsere Leber schrein.
University of Miami
Coral Gables FL 33124-0421

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