The same electronic components can be used for food or liquid monitoring, and for both rat and mouse hardware. Each species’ cage mount can be used for food or liquid hoppers, maximizing flexibility.
BioDAQ food modules limit the amount of diet spillage. Spillage is captured on the integrated tray at the hopper base. We know that certain diets like those high in fat content crumble more than others. To address this issue the BioDAQ Extended Hopper captures 5x more than our original design. The BioDAQ liquid intake bottle is designed not to leak. The drinking bout data is the animal's fluid intake, not a combination of intake and dripping.
The Automated Gate Controller is mounted to the sensor and interacts with the manual gate mechanism of the BioDAQ feeding or drinking module. Automated control limits the researchers’ need to visit the animal room, insuring accuracy, reducing stress, and increasing efficiency.