Taraporewala Aquarium is India's oldest aquarium and one of the city's main attractions. it hosts marine and freshwater fishes. The aquarium is located on Marine Drive in Mumbai.
It was re-opened after renovation on March 3, 2015. The renovated aquarium has a 12-feet long and 360 degree acrylic glass tunnel. Another attraction is the special pools, where children can touch fish which are harmless. The fish will be kept in large glass tanks, which will be lit with LED lights.
2,000 fishes of over 400 species and has been renovated at a cost of Rs 22 crore. 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, 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. 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. 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”.
Marine touch pool with sea cucumber, sea urchin, brittle star, tube worms, star fish and more
Groupers: sweetlip, panther, orange spot and black spot groupers
Tangs: yellow, powder brown, naso, orange shoulder, and powder blue
Unique species: oranda, stone, red cap, rukin, and black moor
Other species including 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, and arowana
Paludarium aquarium with Indian carps: rohu, catla, mrigal
Tropical aquarium fishes, red tail, sucker, upside down and Asiatic cat fishes
Taraporewala Aquarium was built in 1951 at a cost of ₹800000 (US$12,000). It had been inaugurated by India’s first president Rajendra Prasad. The aquarium is named after a Parsee Philanthropist D B Taraporewala who donated ₹200000 (US$3,000) for the construction.