How do I sample my aquarium?
Briefly, you will filter water from your aquarium using a syringe-filter included in the sampling kit . Following the instructions included in the kit, you’ll fix the sample and ship it back to us for analysis.

See this page for detailed instructions.
How long does it take to get my results?

The high-throughput DNA sequencing technologies that make this analysis possible require that we process samples in large batches (50-200 at a time). Because a sample received early in a batch may have to wait a while until the batch is complete, this can introduce delays.

You can expect to receive a detailed analysis of your sample within 4 weeks of its arrival at our facility. Depending on your position in the queue, you may receive your report earlier than this.

How much does the service cost?

A one-time analysis of your tank costs $99.99.

If you subscribe to the service for recurring analysis of your tank, the monthly cost is reduced to $74.99. Subscription clients also get priority in the sequencing queue, so in some cases this means getting your results more quickly.

What’s included in the service?

Our Microbiome Analysis service includes:

  • Identification of microbial types present in the sample to the family and genus level
  • Quantitative analysis of each type’s relative abundance
  • Comparison with microbiome profiles from other hobbyist aquariums, aquaculture facilities, and natural reef waters
  • A customized report with suggestions for increasing diversity of your tank’s microbiome or altering abundance of particular microbial types, based on in-house experimental evidence