A new and improved electric fish finder with resources for printed circuit board fabrication

Michael A. Haag, Jeffrey C. Lambert, Joseph C. Waddell, William G.R. Crampton
2019 Neotropical Ichthyology  
We describe the circuit design, construction, and operation of a field-portable electric fish finder (an AC-coupled wide-band differential bio-amplifier with loudspeaker output). This device permits detection and monitoring of the electric organ discharges generated by neotropical gymnotiform fishes (as well as the mormyroid fishes of tropical Africa). Our design is modified from earlier versions to optimize detection performance and stability over a wider range of ambient water conductivity,
more » ... ter conductivity, including under conditions of extremely low conductivity (< ca. 10 μScm-1). Our new electric fish finder design also incorporates complete waterproofing and longer battery autonomy. We provide Gerber and Eagle files made with the electronic design automation software 'Autodesk Eagle' to allow researchers to order printed circuit boards directly from commercial manufacturers.
doi:10.1590/1982-0224-20190099 fatcat:oemtq64cdfexlbbdya5uzwrpx4