Forced swim test apparatus

The Porsolt forced swim test is a straight-forward and commonly used test to assess antidepressant-like behavior. The rat or mouse is placed in a cylinder with water which is deep enough to force the animal to swim to keep its head above water. Activity (swimming, climbing) vs inactivity (immobile behavior) is measured to assess the effect of antidepressant treatments.


The cylinder is a straight-forward design. Sizing is importantly linked to the function of the test. Options typically include sound attenuating chambers. Other than that, the test has little modifications. Of course we can supply you with the cylinder and surrounding equipment according to your specifications, either custom build or from one of our suppliers. There is always something to suit your research needs and budget. Of course, all mazes are perfectly suited for video tracking research with EthoVision XT or in-depth behavioral scoring with The Observer XT.


Noldus can always offer a custom maze or apparatus build to your specifications. In addition we have preferred suppliers such as Maze Engineers and Ugo Basile. Please notice that availability of equipment from different manufacturers may differ based on your location. 

More information

To request more information, such as dimensions and options, please contact us. We would be happy to talk to you about which maze would suit your study best!