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Brian Krueger, PhD
Columbia University Medical Center
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Brian Krueger is the owner, creator and coder of LabSpaces by night and Next Generation Sequencer by day. He is currently the Director of Genomic Analysis and Technical Operations for the Institute for Genomic Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center. In his blog you will find articles about technology, molecular biology, and editorial comments on the current state of science on the internet.

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Friday, September 10, 2010

This is kind of stupid, but I thought I'd share a video of my new lab fish. Who knows if they'll survive quarantine, but we can bask in their beauty for a while.



The blue-ish one is a powder blue tang approximately 3" long and the yellow one is one of my favorite fish of all time! It's a yellow long nose butterfly fish. The tang is covered in a pretty common parasite so they have to stay in quarantine for a few weeks. The treatment regimen is to lower the salinity by 70% and then let the fish hang out in that for 4 weeks. Amazingly, saltwater fish can survive in very low salinity water, the parasite can't and eventually dies out as all of the eggs hatch. Although, the unfortunate thing is that salinity can be reduce drastically over a one hour period, but the salinity must be raised back up to normal much much more slowly. It usually takes a week and a half to bring the quarantine tank's salinity back up without killing the fish. I'm sure there's some interesting physiology involved there ;) So maybe in 6 weeks I'll post another video of these guys swimming in the main tank!

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gorgeous!!!! I want!!!

Disgruntled Julie
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I think you should set up a webcam stream of your fish tank, so I can watch them whenever I am having a stressful day in lab.

Brian Krueger, PhD
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That's exactly why I love having a lab tank. The waterfall sound and fishy ecosystem are so relaxing. It's Zen like after a stressful day.

Prabodh Kandala
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Wowww

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Julie is right we demand a LabSpaces fish streaming webcam!

Brian Krueger, PhD
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I would, but the fuck sticks at this University change my IP address everyday.

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Pretty.. :)

David Manly
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I want! And I say this as a man with a serious allergy to fish, so, it means something :)
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