Under the Sun Aquarium is at the opposite end of the Fateh Sagar Lake and was found in the final quarter of the year 2017. It is the India’s biggest aquarium as of now and Udaipur’s first largest aquarium.
Under the sun aquarium is drawing in many sightseers and visitors from all over the nation and abroad.
Exotic Fishes like Angel Fish, Pacu Piranha, Tinfoil Barb, Cat Fish, Alligator Gar, Parrot Fish, Silver Dollar, Silver Arowana, Arapaima, Giant Gourami, Black Ghost Knife Fish and significantly more can be seen in Under the sun aquarium.
Thanks to the live LED screens which are placed beneath each tank and shows all the relevant information like the name, root, certainties, and different insights about the specific fish that is present in the tank as shown in the videos.
This makes Under The Sun Aquarium an ideal place for gathering relevant information or knowledge about the marine lives for the kids and adults as well.
The best part is yet to come. Now, there is a unique aquarium which has 3 passages through which the visitors can enter inside the tank and can take amazing pictures with the fishes. This without a doubt captivates visitors and they would cherish getting clicked inside the fish tank. Additionally, visitors can have a more intensive look of the fishes.
This place is astonishing and will keep you occupied all the time and at the same time imparting knowledge related to the marine life as there are more than 150 unique fishes and around 150 fish tanks. This place is exceptionally intriguing as it kept my eyes glued to the aquariums.
At Under the Sun Aquarium, photography is permitted however, using the flash while taking pictures is not as it affects the marine life. Therefore, I figured out a way, that rather than taking pictures, I thought making videos would be a great idea. This way my viewers will have an exact idea as what these exotic fishes look like in the tank. Therefore, I have uploaded more videos than pictures in this particular post.
I was very reluctant at first going to this aquarium however, I now feel that I made a good choice. If you are visiting Fateh Sagar Lake then you should consider visiting Under the Sun Aquarium as well and you won’t regret it. You’ll discover every one of those fascinating fishes here which are also found in the amazon river and are considered as river monsters there. A great way to learn about the aquatic life. The kids will definitely love this place. I’m not a kid but trust me I thoroughly enjoyed every minute I had spent there.
Just 118 INR per person for the ticket.
The place is well maintained as well. If you need any guidance or help, the staff members are available to help you out with your queries. I have also shared information on some of those exotic fishes which caught my attention and are not of the Indian origin as per my knowledge.
Here, is the information about few fishes I observed and which I found to be exceptionally intriguing. A little extra information is never bad. I hope all this information will encourage you to travel to Udaipur, Rajasthan. I never ever imagined that I would get to see a place like this in Udaipur.
- Alligator Gar :
It is an exotic aquarium fish which is generally imported from America. Its name has been derived from the American Alligator as their broad snout and long sharp teeth resembles to that of an alligator. An Alligator Gar can grow up to 8 ft in size and weigh as much as 140 kg (approx. 300 lb). The males can live up to 25 years however, females can live as long as 50 years.
They have ganoid scales (different from other fishes found) which are bone like and cannot be penetrated effortlessly, so as to protect them against predation. The largest Alligator Gar ever caught was observed to be 8 ft 5 inches long and weighing around 148 kg (327 lb) by fishermen Kenny Williams while he was fishing the Oxbow Lakes of Mississippi River in the year 2011.
This fish caught my eye, looked like a prehistoric creature from Jurassic or Triassic age however, on further investigation I found that the fossil record demonstrates their existence to the early Cretaceous age over a 100 million years ago.
Wow!!! I wish I had this big fish in my aquarium.
- Pacu Piranha:
Try not to mistake a Pacu for a piranha, as Pacu Piranhas are tranquil species and are herbivorous in nature and depend on oceanic vegetation. Piranhas on the other hand as we know feed on flesh and are carnivorous. They have a life span of about 5 – 14 years.
Pacus and Piranhas are distant cousins and have similar shape and color however, they differ in size. Pacu is generally bigger in size and can grow up to 30 inches whereas piranhas are smaller in size and can grow up to 17 inches. Another approach to differentiate is by checking their teeth. Piranhas have short razor sharp teeth made for slaughtering and tearing flesh however, herbivorous Pacu Piranhas have human like teeth meant for chewing or crushing.
Arapaima is otherwise called Pirarucu in Brazil and the name is originated from the words “Pira” which implies fish and “urucum” which implies red. It is among the world’s largest fresh water fish and can grow up to 9 ft long and can weigh up to 200 kg. They have a life span of about 20 long years.
This fish is an air breather. It needs to go to the surface to get some air. Therefore, this amazing quality of Arapaima helps it to adapt in those conditions wherein oxygen dissolved is water is very less.
Just look at the size of that fish. Under the Sun Aquarium didn’t failed to surprise me at any point.
- Tinfoil Barbs:
The tinfoil barbs have got their name from tin foils since their color resembles to that of a tin foil. The tinfoil barb is a tropical Southeast Asian freshwater fish. They eat plants and flesh as well.
They are not an aggressive specie however, if they find a smaller fish in tank then they would try to eat it. Tinfoil barb can grow up to 14 inches in length and have a life span of about 8-10 years.
- Giant Gourami:
Another fish which I found very exciting at Under the Sun Aquarium was Giant Gourami. They are pretty easy to keep at 3 months old when they are around 7.5 cm or 3 inches long. At this age they have pronounced beak. They can grow quickly when given adequate food and space to move. Even under less than ideal conditions, Giant Gourami can grow from 7.5 cm to 70 cm i.e. around 10 times in size to what they are when they are just few months old and can live up to 20 long years.
They are found in Southeast Asia and also in rivers of Borneo, Java and Sumatra.
- Parrot Fish:
Parrot fishes are pretty shy and easygoing in nature. Unlike other small fishes, Parrots are quite smart and inquisitive.
It is a hybrid fish which have resulted in some genetic deformities. The orientation of their teeth are in such a way that they form a beak like shape. Therefore, they have been named as Parrot fishes due to their unique mouth opening which is also considered as a genetic defect. They can grow up to 20 cm or 8 inches in length and have a life span of about 10 – 15 years.
- Black Ghost Knife fish:
It is a tropical fish belonging to Ghost Knife fish family. They are found in fresh water bodies in South America.
They are electric fish however, their electromotor and electrosensory system is not as strong as that of the electric eels. They are omnivorous in nature and feed on a variety of food. They can grow up to 20 inches or 50 cm in length and have a life span of about 10 – 14 years.
So, if you are visiting Fateh Sagar Lake in Udaipur, make sure you visit Under The Sun Aquarium as well, as it will not fail to surprise you. A huge amount has been invested into this aquarium therefore, it is worth every single penny you spend over there. The average time tourists spend here is around 45 minutes.
How to reach: very close to the city and can be reached using local or private transportation which are easily available. It is located at the opposite end of the Fateh Sagar Lake. Do not consider taking a walk till Under the Sun Aquarium, as it will totally exhaust you. Cheap public transportation is easily available.
Hours: 8 AM – 11 PM
Best Season: Any time during the year as this facility is fully air conditioned however, you will not consider going to Udaipur, Rajasthan during the summers. Therefore, the best time would be between December to February.