When we picture things to do in the west side of Singapore, we might think of the Science Centre, Lakeside Gardens or perhaps even West Coast Park. One thing you might not have thought about would probably have been farms – much less fish farms. Enter Qian Hu Fish Farm, one of the biggest ornamental fish farms in Singapore, whose name may unlock some forgotten memories from our childhood days.
A trip here today can be considered a visit to the kampung version of S.E.A. Aquarium. Entry to the farm is free, so it takes zero dollars to marvel at their endless aisles of fish. Families can also look forward to affordable kid-friendly activities such as $7 longkang fishing.
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The Singapore Zoo and Gardens by the Bay are often choice destinations when it comes to a family day out. But don’t sweep Qian Hu Fish Farm under the rug just because it’s unlike the average weekend activity. Not just a haven for aquarium hobbyists, the farm offers plenty for kids and the young at heart to enjoy.
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Enjoy longkang fishing from $7 for 30 minutes here, where the little ones can have some outdoor fun, catching darting mollies and cichlids with the provided nets and plastic tanks. Release them back into the pond after, or choose to bring the fish back with you if you have a setup at home ready for it.
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After, try your hand at feeding the terrapins and koi at some of the other nearby ponds. Else, those looking to unwind can opt for a fish spa ($5/child or $10/adult for 30 minutes) where a school of garra rufa fish will help you suck away dead skin cells for soft and exfoliated toes.
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Avid fishkeepers, on the other hand, will find the journey down worthwhile with the farm’s wide selection of everything you could possibly want when it comes to the hobby. Having over 1,000 species of freshwater and saltwater fish, you’ll surely find something that you can add to your aquascape back home.
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Take your time to browse through the many aisles, with dedicated corners for community fish, betta fish, corydoras and even fancy Arowanas. Inspired to start a tank of your own? Beginners can find everything they need from fish tanks and filters to fish food and plants in their aquarium accessories section to kickstart the hobby.
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Take a quick five in between exploring the various sections at the in-house Qian Hu Cafe with drinks and ice cream.
As with most farms in Singapore, Qian Hu Fish Farm is considerably ulu, but the change of scenery is all part of the fun. Add the other nearby koi farms, aquariums, and plant nurseries into your day’s itinerary for a full-day adventure.
The farm tour is always a meaningful educational fun activity for kids in Singapore to help them learn to love and appreciate nature more.
P.S. Saturday, Sunday and public holidays have extended opening hours so it’s the perfect place to bring the kiddos.
Getting there: Take a free shuttle bus service from Choa Chu Kang MRT; buses depart every hour.
Address: No. 71 Jalan Lekar, Singapore 698950
Opening hours: Mon-Fri & Eve of PH 9am-6pm | Sat-Sun & PH 9am-7pm
Contact: 6766 1554
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Cover image adapted from: @sharie.li, @xavimarti via Instagram
Original article published on 5th January 2022. Last updated by Raewyn Koh on 21st April 2023.
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