Supplier of quality test aquatic organisms to the environmental industry and biomedical research.

Product Overview

Product Line

For several years, ARO has also been supplying aquatic organisms for biomedical research. Organisms maintained by ARO that are of special interest to researchers include zebrafish, Japanese Medaka, rainbow trout and carp. We will also go out of our way to find obscure or unusual organisms needed for research. If it is available, ARO will help you find it.

ARO Education Services

Over the past several years, ARO and its employees have been developing working relationships with teachers and educators from all over the United States. We have been supplying quality fish and other aquatic animals for classroom use and we have been serving as consultants to educators who are interested in classroom aquarium care. If you are currently keeping aquatic animals in your classroom or if you would like to in the future, call us. We can help you find the information or resources you need to be successful. Teachers ordering on school purchase orders are eligible for discounts on many of the organisms we sell. Please call for details.

Quality Assurance

Aquatic Research Organisms, Inc. maintains an on-going program of quality assurance to provide our customers with the highest quality organisms available. These programs include health monitoring and performance evaluation of organisms through the use of standard reference toxicants.

Health Monitoring

Aquatic Research Organisms, Inc. conducts health monitoring on most of its in-house fish breeding colonies. Populations are inspected annually by a certified independent laboratory. Specific pathogens are evaluated and compared to the expected occurrence within each species. Health monitoring reports are available on request.

Reference Toxicant Testing

Reference toxicant testing is performed monthly on selected species. Specific life stages are exposed to a known toxicant (e.g., sodium dodecyl sulfate.) The exposure is conducted over a pre-established series of concentrations which will yield mortality results sufficient to calculate an LC50. Reference toxicant data is charted and used to evaluate the overall health of the organisms over time.

Ordering & Delivery

Ordering Information

Orders may be placed by telephone, email or fax. Please have the following information ready when placing an order:

  1. Name of recipient
  2. Company name ( if applicable)
  3. Shipping address
  4. Telephone and fax numbers and email address
  5. Billing address ( if different from shipping address)
  6. For each species requested, include the following:
    a. Quantity
    b. Sex ( if applicable)
    c. Strain ( if applicable)
    d. Age, weight or size requirements

  7. Special instructions
  8. Shipping / Delivery date
  9. Purchase order number or
  10. Credit card information ( card type, card number, exp. date, cardholder's name )
  11. Preferred shipping agent

To place an order, contact us at

Aquatic Research Organisms, Inc.,
P.O. Box 1271,
Hampton, NH 03843-1271
Our telephone/fax numbers are 1-800-927-1650 and 1-603-926-5278. We are open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST.

Our email address is

All prices are FOB shipping point. Shipping charges can be added to invoice or billed directly to recipient. Terms of payment are net 30 days with a business / institution purchase order. Payment can also be made using Visa, Mastercard or American Express (required for all international shipments).

Delivery Information

Due to the fragile nature of ARO's products, overnight shipping is mandated. ARO's experience shipping domestically has been that Federal Express provides the quickest and most convenient delivery service.

International orders can be shipped by air cargo consigned to your preferred broker. It is the customer's responsibility to ensure that all necessary import permits and licenses are obtained and provided to ARO prior to shipping. Requirements and charges will vary with the country of destination. Additional fees will be applied for any required export / import documentation and veterinary certificates.

All shipments are accompanied by a historical data sheet, which contains information on broodstock origin, culture conditions, age, water quality information and specific feeding requirements. Health monitoring reports and reference toxicant data is available on some species and can be included on request.

All shipments are subject to a packing and box charge fee.

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