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It was inaugurated in 1983 and is run by the Department of Fisheries. The building also houses the Aquarists Society of Karnataka who are involved in the sale of fish tanks, fish and accessories. Apart from popularising the keeping of ornamental fish in schools and hospitals they also are involved in organising exhibitions, seminars, slide shows, lectures and imparting training to maintain ornamental fish.
Government Aquarium - The Aquarists Society of Karnataka
The Aquarists Society of Karnataka is much more than just an aquarium club - hobbyists belong to it certainly, but so do all kinds of trades people and professionals connected with the aquarium business.
The Society is an association of Aquarists, Educationists, Professionals, Manufacturers of Aquarium Accessories and Fittings, and Importers and Exporters of Aquarium Essentials.
The stated objectives of the club are: "to popularise the keeping of ornamental fish in homes, schools, hospitals, etc." and "to promote and provide training for the culture of ornamental and commercial fish species by means of exhibitions, seminars, film shows, lectures, and magazines."
The Society makes a big splash in Bangalore each May with its annual Exhibition and Show 'AQUAFEST' held in the grounds of the Government Aquarium.
Life members get "Infoaquaria" with subjects ranging from how to set up your first aquarium to how to set up a commercial production and marketing facility. With a nominal entry fee, the aquarium is very accessible.
The first floor has a display of mostly native Indian fish: mahseers, catfish, snakeheads and perches including tilapia.
The top floor has a variety of small sea fish, river fish and decorative fish.
Kasturba Road, Sampangirama Nagar, Sampangiram Nagar, Bangalore 08022867440