A number of new inhabitants have recently joined the Malaysian garden! Last summer saw the addition of a brand-new Amazonian pool to that garden. Since then, its population has expanded with a number of impressive freshwater-fish species. One of these species is the redtail catfish, for instance. The redtail catfish can attain a length of 1.20 metres! The fun part of this pool is that you are allowed to feed these fluvial creatures.
The pool currently contains 25 fishes of four different freshwater-fish species: the redtail catfish, the silver arowana, Pterygoplichthys gibbiceps (an algae-eating catfish), and the barred sorubim. In addition, a number of tortoises keep the fishes company.
Small containers with shrimp are available at the pool for feeding purposes. The shrimp will disappear in no time when you offer it to one of the fishes using tweezers. Want to find out how it works? A clip can be viewed here.
We garnered the ideas for this feeding concept on our exploratory trip through Japan in 2012. There, feeding large fish is an attraction in itself. Naturally, we had to try it for ourselves. A clip of that endeavour can be viewed here.