Mighty Amazon

Home to large freshwater fish

The Amazon is the largest river in the world holding 20% of the planets freshwater. Due to its immense size the Amazon is home to some of the largest freshwater fish in the world including the arapaima which has been known to reach up to four metres in the wild.

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Journey through mangroves

Our Amazon display takes you through the mangroves, home to our deadly piranhas, electric eel and archer fish out into our second gigantic botanical house. 

A multi-level walkway accessible by all leads visitors down to our breathtaking open-top Amazon display.

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Giant 60,000 litre display

Holding over 60,000 litres of freshwater the Mighty Amazon open-top display is home to deadly Arrowana, stingray, giant Pacu and other freshwater species.

You’ll also spot a wide variety of yellow-bellied turtles relaxing in their new Turtle Bay or bobbing up and down in the water.

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The Big Fish campaign

Here at the aquarium most of the fish in the Amazon display have either been rescued or donated to us due to the fish growing too large for the keeper to look after any more.

The Big Fish Campaign raises awareness about this very problem aiming to promote responsible buying and selling of these larger species that grow larger than the vast majority of home aquaria can accommodate.

Think before you buy any fish for your home aquarium. Will it grow much bigger? Is your tank big enough? To find out more or for help re-homing your fish visit www.bigfishcampaign.org.

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Talk and feed

Sat, Sun, Tues, Thurs – 2:30pm
Come and meet one of our Aquarist team members and hear them talk about the fish in this tank and then watch the feeding frenzy!

 

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Caution! Our floor surfaces change throughout the aquarium and for safety reasons we advise visitors not to wear stiletto heels during a visit.

If you would like to come along and meet all these fascinating creatures, buy your tickets online now for a discounted rate!