Taraporewala Aquarium

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Taraporewala Aquarium
Date opened 1951
Location Marine Lines, Mumbai
Coordinates 18°56′57″N 72°49′12″E / 18.9492866°N 72.8200758°E / 18.9492866; 72.8200758Coordinates: 18°56′57″N 72°49′12″E / 18.9492866°N 72.8200758°E / 18.9492866; 72.8200758
Number of species 400
Volume of largest tank 22,000
Annual visitors 400000[1][2]

Taraporewala Aquarium, situated in the city of Mumbai, India. It is the country's oldest and one of the city's main attractions.[3] it hosts marine and freshwater fishes. The aquarium is located on the famous Marine Drive.

It was re-opened after renovation on March 3, 2015. [4] The renovated aquarium has a 12-feet long and 360 degree acrylic glass tunnel.[5] Another attraction is the special pools, where children can touch fish which are harmless.[6] The fish will be kept in large glass tanks, which will be lit with LED lights.[3]

2,000 fish of over 400 species and has been renovated at a cost of Rs 22 crore.[7] The exotic fish from overseas has been introduced at the new aquarium the number of new varieties of marine fish at 70. Helicopter,Arowana,Gruppen,yellow-striped tang, blue-spotted stingray, star, clown, hark, trigger, Grouper, Moorish idol,[3] Azure Damsel, Blueline Demoiselle, Purple Firefish, Cloudy Damsel, Copperband Butterflyfish, Schooling Bannerfish, Raccoon Butterflyfish, White Tail Trigger, Clown Triggerfish and Blue Ribbon Eel. The 40 new varieties of freshwater fish would include Red Devil,Jaguar,Electric Blue Jack Dempsey,Frontosa and Catfish. These fishes will be housed in larger tanks than before with imported flexi glass for better visibility.[8]It also has sharks, turtles, rays, moray eels, sea turtles, small starfish and stingrays.

In the aquarium's 16 sea water tanks and nine sweet water tanks, there are 31 types of fish, while 32 tropical tanks contains 54 kind of fishes.[1] The tropical section of the aquarium already feature different ecosystems such as the “moss aquarium” for pregnant fishes, “plantation aquarium” that features imported varieties of water lilies and other aquatic plants and “island aquarium”.[9]

New attractions[edit]

  • The oceanarium at the foyer is made up of 4.5 inch think Plexiglass and holds a total water capacity of 22,000 litres. The tank's dry weight is 5.5 tonnes.
  • It has new amphitheatre, 50-seater theatre screening documentaries on fish,marine ecosystems and environment conservation.
  • It has touch pool,where curious visitors can touch star fish,sea urchins,sea cucumbers and turtles.
  • Fish spa therapy. You can dip your feet in a tub of water filled with small fish called Garra rufa. There are 10 tanks of Garra Rufa for the therapy[8]
  • Aquascaping ad LED lighting been installed to see the coral ecosystems as well as the rocky barren ecosystems. A special semi-circular tank has been designed to house the jelly fish.

Types and species of fishes[edit]

Damsels Fishes : Territorial Fishes Species like Golden, Moon Tail, Cocoa, Striped, Electric Blue and Talbot and Sargent Major Damsel. Butterfly Fishes : Chevron, copper band, long nose, eight band, red perl. Angel Fishes : Blue ring, Regal, Wraft and Emperor angel fishes. Trigger Fishes : Undulated, Bluetooth, Picasso and Clown Triggers. Marine Eel Fishes : Yellow head, White Ribbon, Black Ribbon, Blue Ribbon and Moray Eel. Marine Touch Pool : Has Sea Cucumber, Sea Urchin, brittle star, Tube worms, Star Fish and more. Grouper Fishes : Sweetlip, Panther, orange spot and Black spot groupers. Tang Fishes : Yellow, Powder brown, Naso, Orange Shoulder and Powder blue as species of tang fishes. Unique species : Oranda, Stone, Red Cap, Rukin and Black moor. More such species found around like Bat Fish, Squirrel fish, Golden Travery, Puffers, Jelly Fishes, Kombada, Lion and Turkey fish, Dwarf lion, Whimple, Moorish idol, Marine Coral reef, Wrasse, Sea anemone, Negro, Clarkii, Arowana, Paludarium aquarium, Indian Carps like Rohu, Catla, Mrigal, Tropical aquarium fishes, Red Tail, Sucker, upside down and Asiatic cat fishes. Also found at taraporewala is Octopus, Sea Horse, Alligator and cat fishes along with beautiful giant gourami, cichlid and koi with famous gold fish Sea Turtle, Read Ear Slider and Singaporean turtle.


It was built in 1951 at a cost of INR800000 (US$13,000). It had been inaugurated by India’s first president Rajendra Prasad.[1] The aquarium is named after a Parsee Philanthropist D B Taraporewala who donated INR200000 (US$3,100) for the construction.


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