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Rare fish from across globe,aquatic plants to come calling

In a first in the city,over 150 rare species of fish and an equally wide range of aquatic plant species procured from around the world will be on display at ‘Aqua Life’,an exhibition that will kick off at Ruia College on May 24.

In a first in the city,over 150 rare species of fish and an equally wide range of aquatic plant species procured from around the world will be on display at ‘Aqua Life’,an exhibition that will kick off at Ruia College on May 24.

The exhibition,earlier held in Pune and Nashik,will be on in Mumbai till May 28 and feature both freshwater and marine fish in around 120 aquariums that would have a variety of environments,both plant and rock-based.

“The exhibition is aimed at evoking people’s interest in aquatic flora and fauna,” said Laukik Soman,the organizer of the event.

Among interesting species on display will be endangered species Asian Arowana,a freshwater species native to South-east Asia,the Red-tail Golden Arowana and the Red Chill Arowana,all the three provided by Rupesh Sakpal,a commercial dealer in fish.

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The Alligator Gar,a fish that resembles an alligator because of its sharp teeth and long snout and Flowerhorn fish,a hybrid fish known for its large head and bright colours,too,will be on display. These also have been provided by Sakpal.

Other interesting species that visitors can see include the Red Snakehead and the Archer Fish. “The Red Snakehead resembles a snake and Archer Fish preys on land insects by shooting water at them,” said Amit Manjarawala,who has contributed these species for the exhibition

Lion Fish,Clown Fish,Platinum Angel and Electric Blue Ram Cichlid will also be part of the show.

Also on display in ecologically balanced acquariums will be 150 varieties of exotic,aquatic plants from all over the world,procured and grown by Dr Abhay Shendye,a hobbyist who has a PhD in microbiology and who promotes ecologically balanced aquariums.

“Among some interesting plants on display is the Variegated Polysperma that shows different colours depending on the fertilizer used,” said Shendye.