Before visiting the Kuala Selangor Nature Park the other day I popped into this place since it is located right next door. Taman Ikan Air Tawar translates as ‘freshwater fish park’.
The entrance fee is only RM 2 (RM 1 for kids) so I was not expecting a world class aquarium. They have a dozen or so fish tanks of various species, the most exciting of which is probably the Toman or Giant Snakehead.
This specimen is a relative baby. Larger ones can reach up to 130cm and weigh 20kg. They are very aggressive and eat anything that fits into their mouths. They are rumoured to attack humans but this may be just a fisherman’s tale.
The aquarium also has a mini-museum displaying examples of fish traps, nets and so on.
Apart from the fish, there are a couple of small aviaries and a large lotus pond which is rather attractive.
I wouldn’t make a special trip to visit this place but if you are in Kuala Selangor it is certainly worth spending half a hour there.
The Kuala Selangor Nature Park next door has a very good mangrove forest boardwalk and is popular with birders. You can read about it on my Malaysia-Traveller website.