See huge aquariums with aquatic animals from all over the world

more than
290000

litres of water

more than
500

species of animals

13
biotopes

from all over the world

Oceanika is the place where each fan of aquatic life will find something interesting and see unusual creatures.

Here, animals and plants from rivers, lakes, seas and ocean from all over the world have been grouped according to the place of their natural habitat.

Here, you will see the fish that started the domination of four-legged animals on land, or a fish that brings luck in business..

We created for the animals the same conditions that they have in their natural environment. In some aquariums you will see specimens that can only be found in aquarist pools.

Several dozen biotopes were recreated in the tanks.

Guided tour
Approximate duration of the tour: 45 minutes
Last entry: 40 minutes before closing time

  • MONSOON RIVER BIOTOPE (ASIA)

    Monsoon rivers are among the most interesting rivers of the continental Asia. Among them we have: the Ganges, the Indus or the Mekong. They are characterised by many interesting habitats created thanks to the variety of environments. In the tank swim, among others  Catfish, Panga, Carp, and several fish that are already extinct in natural environment, such as Bala Shark. There are also such aquarist rarities as Asian arowana.

    Asian Arowana (Scleropages formosus) lives in blackwater rivers flowing through forests, oftentimes near peatbogs. They reach reproductive capacity at the age from 2 to 4. The sexual rites of this species last very long. From several weeks to several months long. The male takes care of the young fish for around 3 months, until they begin to swim on their own. This fish is regarded as a lucky charm in business, which is why the prices of these fish skyrocket.

    Spotted knifefish (Chitala ornata) is a fish from suborder Bonytongues (Osteoglossidae family). A lone and active during the night, this fish preys on sleeping fish. The male cares for roe and fry. In Asia this fish found its way to restaurants. This species is called a living fossil, because for millions of years it has not changed its physiognomy and survived the Great Extinction Event.

    Giant gourami (Osphronemus goramy) lives in lakes, marshes and rivers. This fish has very long live span – it can live as long as 25 years. The male cares for roe and fry. During the spawning, it builds the nest from foam and fragments of plants. Gourami has a lung-like labyrinth organ, which enables it to breathe air..

  • THE AMAZON RIVER BASIN BIOTOPE

    The Amazon Forest is one of the oldest ecosystems on earth. The network of interrelations and interdependencies between the organisms living there is very delicate. It is enough that one species goes extinct and the lives of all the other species is out of balance or even goes extinct as well. Therefore, the protection of this part of our planet is very important. Through the centre of the Forest flows the Amazon River supplied with water from zenithal rains. The broads create perfect living conditions for huge numbers of freshwater fish.

    In the aquarium with fish from South America swim very rare catfish, Osteoglossidae family fish, cichlid or South American lungfish – the ancestors of this lungfish started the dominion of four-legged animals on land. South American lungfish is the most ancient family of freshwater fish that survived till our times, so-called relict species, the witness of bygone eras. In the cylinder above the pool with touch-enabled aquarium live schooling fish from South America – a school of interesting Charax gibbosus.

    South American lungfish (Lepidosiren paradoxa) a species of lungfish (able to breath the air). The ability to breathe underwater and above water makes it possible for the South American lungfish to survive in disadvantageous atmospheric conditions, such as drought. During the drought, the fish digs down in slime and enters the state of estivation, that is the summer hibernation. South American lungfish is regarded as the relative of the ancestor of all four-legged animals.

    South American freshwater stingray (Potamotrygon motoro) on its back side has numerous yellow spots. In the middle of its tail, it has two venom stings. The sting of the stingray is extremely painful and may be dangerous to life.

    Silver Arowana (Osteoglossum bicirrhosum) is a fish from suborder Bonytongues. Premature individuals are yellow-orange with blue shine, whilst mature ones are silvery. Arowans have large, well-visible scales, and their jaws have two whiskers on the end. It can survive with low level of oxygen in water. It can jump out of water very high.

    In a separate aquarium there is a school of Amazonian piranha. Several species of piranha are part of the school. Predator piranha live side by side with plant-eating ones. This is a common phenomenon in the natural environment.

    Pirapitinga (Piaractus brachypomus) – this fish in the natural environment feed primarily on Brazil nuts. Female individuals have spiky dorsal fin and are dark red in colour. Females in general take longer to mature. Pirapitinga is a very large fish. It can weigh up to 25 kg..

  • LAKE MALAWI BIOTOPE

    Lake Malawi, also known as Lake Nyasa, is a lake of tectonic origin situated in the South-eastern part of Africa, in the East African Rift. It is 550 km long, up to 55 km wide and up to 706 m deep. The southern edge of the lake has since the year 1980 been protected as part of the National Park of Lake Nyasa – because it is the habitat of many endemic species of fish. The waters of Lake Malawi have very high transparency, reaching 17 m, and in some places even 20 m. This allows for observation of the water life under the boat or from the shore. In the year 1984, the Park has been entered into the UNESCO list of world heritage.

    Livingston’s cichlid (Nimbochromis livingstonii) its name owes to its beautiful coloration, but also its elegant moves when its swims. It is aggressive not only towards other species, but also its own. It is also referred to as a “sleeper fish”, because it hunts pretending to be dead, making smaller fish and fry swim close enough to catch them.

    Malawi eyebiter  (Dimidiochromis compressiceps)
    The Malawi eyebiter of characteristic thin head and relatively long jaws. The male individual’s body has metallic blue shine, whilst the female has silver shine. This fish is aggressive, in particular during the spawning. The male takes care of roe and fry. Malawi eyebiter is a predator and cannibal. Its Polish name is derived from the shape of its body (like a knife).

    Blue dolphin (Cyrtocara moorii)
    It lives in the shallow waters of Lake Malawi. The body of this fish is stumpy, flattened on sides, the coloration is blue with all shades of this colour. There is a small fat bump on its forehead. The size of the male’s bump is important in mating process.

  • GREAT CORAL REEF OUTER RIM BIOTOPE

    The Great Coral Reef, also known as the Great Barrier Reef, stretches along the coat of Australia in the Coral Sea. This is the largest structure produced by the living organisms producing coral reefs, such as Anthozoa and Foraminifera. The Great Coral Reef can be seen from the space as a light strip at the background of the ocean.

    It covers the space of 344 thousand km². The thickness of the coral layer exceeds 500 m. The width of the coral reef ranges from 2 to 150 km. The age of the reef is estimated to be around 20 mln years and some of its parts to be even 45.5 mln years. Despite the fact that the reef was discovered in the 17th century, new species continue to be discovered there. The reason for that is its astonishing biodiversity. It creates the living conditions for a huge number of species in the sea. Since 26th October 1981, the Great Coral Reef is protected as a marine park and entered to the World Heritage List of UNESCO.

    In the aquarium with amazing reef fish swim many oddities, showing how sophisticated evolution can be. Common here is the gender altering to make finding the partner easier, the symbiosis of animals belonging to various types of very remote phylogenetically types of animals, and splendid colours, thanks not to the reflection of sunlight, but to the pigment crystals contained in the scales.

    Palette surgeonfish (Paracanthurus hepatus)
    This fish has very interesting colouring. Evenly on both side of the body, from the eye to the tail, runs a black stripe, which loops after the ninth month of life of the fish, making a circle. This is the proof of sexual maturity of the individual. This colouring resembles the painter’s palette, which is why in some countries this fish is referred to as the blue palette. Another common name is the surgeon fish, because it has sliding out blades at the base of the tail, used for protection against enemies.

    Grey moray (Gymnothorax nubilus)
    This moray is a hermaphrodite. It lives a secluded life, usually hidden between the rocks.  It is active during the night. It feeds on small vertebrates and invertebrates. It is one of the smaller species of moray, reaching around 50 cm in length.

    Emperor angelfish (Pomacanthus imperator)
    The body of this fish is high, very flat on sides, blue with distinguishable lines on sides. It usually lives reclusive life. It feeds on sponges and tunicates. In the entire Pomacanthus  family, there is the phenomenon of gender shift.

  • CONTINENTAL SHELF BIOTOPE

    The continental shelf is the underwater extension of a continent. it reaches the depth of 200 m and is 20 to 80 km wide. Because it makes the coastal zone, it is characterised by good conditions for life. The factors deciding of the biodiversity of this zone is the large amount of light and oxygen, lower salinity and diversified seabed relief. In the coastal zone, there are advantageous conditions for mating, as well as hunting grounds for predators, which is why there are great numbers of sharks and stingrays.
    In Oceanika, the kingdom of fish from continental shelf is our largest aquarium, with the capacity of 62 thousand litres of water. One can see here eagle rays and Common guitarfish, which, as the name suggests, resembles a guitar. In this aquarium also live Blacktip reef shark and Whitetip reef shark as well as several other amazing species, such as Red lionfish with powerful venom causing huge pain after stinging, or fish that produce coral gravel, which is an attraction on tropical beaches.

    Spotted eagle ray (Aetobatus narinari) swims just under the surface of the water. The movement of the pectoral fins resembles the movement of wings, which resembles underwater flying. This eagle ray preys in the seabed zone on small crustaceans, mollusc and fish. Sometimes it springs above the surface of the water. This fish lives reclusive type of life. Eagle rays lived as early as in Polocen, around one million years ago.

    Red lionfish (Pterois volitans) – the fins of the Red lionfish have characteristic very impressive appearance and look like wide spread feathery wings, because the beams connect with one another only at the base. The body coloration is bright, with transverse stripes and spots. The bright colours are intended to deter potential predators and inform of the venomousness of this animal.

    Laced moray (Gymnothorax favagineus) is active during the night, which is why during the day it hides between the rocks. Adult individuals are sometimes very aggressive. It is one of the largest morays in the world, reaching even 3 m in length.

  • POLISH RIVER BIOTOPE

    The Polish rivers environment is very diversified. In every section of these rivers live different organisms, specific for a given environment. However, in each of these environments one problem exists – alien species. In our rivers, there are many fishes introduced primarily for consumption or decorative purposes.
    A special attraction, for children in particular, is the pool with so-called touch-enabled aquarium, in which you can yourself feed the fish that live in freshwater reservoirs of Poland. In the pool with the recreated biotope of the Polish river, there are goldfish, koi and Wels catfish.

    Wels catfish (Silurus Glanis) is the biggest freshwater fish in Europe. It can grow to 5 m in length and can weigh more than 300 kg. Its body is covered with skin only, and near the mouth it has characteristic whiskers.

  • THE AMAZON RIVER CUT-OFF BIOTOPE

    The characteristic environmental element in the development of any river are the remains of its old riverbed, so-called cut-offs. These places are characterised by very slow flow of the river, where fish can find safe haven.

    Wimple piranha (Catoprion mento) is part of the Piranha family. Unlike piranhas, it feeds on fish scales. This fish has silver coloration and reaches 12 cm in length.

    The biotope is recreated in an acrylic tube in the shape of a cylinder.

  • AFRICAN BLACKWATERS BIOTOPE

    These are seasonal river broads, created after heavy rains. The river broads of this type are found, among others, in the Congo River basin.

    Among the fish that can be found in the aquarium with Blackwaters Biotope there is Senegal bichir (Polypterus senegalus) – its name the fish owes to its dorsal fin, composed of 8-11 sections. The coloration of the body of adult individuals is olive-brown, sometimes in the shades of grey, whilst their bellies are a few shades lighter.  This fish can actively move on land.

  • MANGROVE FOREST BIOTOPE

    Mangroves are a land-water formation, which during the high tide are flooded with seawater (only tree tops are visible), whilst during the low tide the land surface is exposed. Particularly lush mangrove vegetation grows on marshy estuaries. The adornment of our aquarium is the collection of Anthozoa and invertebrates.

  • CHINESE PALUDARIUM BIOTOPE

    A type of aquaterrarium or terrarium with high air humidity, designed for growing marsh flora and fauna. The name paludarium comes from the Latin word palus, meaning marsh.

    Here, you can see a newt that lives on land and in water, labyrinth fish, and schools of Cyprinidae family fish. Over the aquarium there grows tropical vegetation.

  • MALAYSIA STREAMS BIOTOPE

    Malaysian lakes and rivers, the habitat of many species of fish, including freshwater living Broadnosed pipefish, are located in the equatorial climate. The area of the entire Malaysian Peninsula is therefore the area characterised by heavy precipitation and high temperature, around 30 degrees Celsius.

    Freshwater pipefish (Doryichthys boaja)
    In this aquarium, we presented the biggest freshwater pipefish in the world. They originate from the tropical part of Asia and their habitat is marshes and forest ponds. This is one of the few species, which, despite its tolerance to seawater, are present only in freshwater.

  • BIOTOPE OF THE SEA OF JAPAN DEEPS

    Exhibited here are Nautilida – prehistoric mollusc, which can presently be seen only in one place in the world – at the coasts of Japan.  Nautilida (Nautilidae) are the only cephalopods with outer shell. We call them living fossils, because they emerged on earth 550 million years ago, at the beginning of the Palaeozoic era and survived in only slightly evolved form till our times. The Nautilida shell is built from several chambers. This animal lives in the largest innermost chamber. The remaining chambers are connected via a syphon and serve as a floating device. Through filling the proper number of chambers with gas, the Nautilida regulates its submersion.

  • CORAL REEF BIOTOPE

    This environment is created by coral reef forming organisms. These organisms live in all the seas and oceans in which the temperature is higher than 18° C. As the environment on the brink of extinction, 40 reefs are protected by law. Despite the fact that they cover only 0.2% of seabed, as much as 25% of all seawater species live there.

    Ocellaris clownfish (Amphiprion ocellaris) –  this species is very well known as Nemo from a popular cartoon. The clownfish have bright orange coloration with three white stripes, the middle one being triangular. Around the white stripes we notice subtle black contours. Similar, but wider, lines can be seen on fins. The maximum body length is approx. 9-11 cm. The gender altering phenomenon is seen in this species.

    Starfish (Asteroidea) – animals with bodies in the shape of a star. They are part of Echinodermata phylum. Their shapes, colours and sizes vary. They live at the bottom of seas and oceans, most often under rocks and on coral reefs, at the depths from 0.5 to 300 meters, or even deeper.

    Longhorn cowfish (Lactoria cornuta) – also called Horned boxfish, is a variety of boxfish from the family Ostraciidae. These fish live in the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean. They live nearby coral reefs and in tropical seawater at the depths ranging from 18 to 100 m. Instead of scales, the body of this fish is covered by armour built from polygonal bone plates. The fish resemble a cow or a bull with horns, which is why in many languages they are referred to as a cowfish. It has four characteristic appendages resembling horns. Two of them above the eyes, directed forwards and two near the anal fin directed backwards. The body of this fish is yellow with teal spots.

    Spider Decorator Crab (Camposcia retusa) – very originally looking and behaving crab with nocturnal way of life – hunts at night. It finds its food on the seabed. In the coral reef aquarium, it decorates itself with soft Anthozoa, sponges, shells, stones, which is why it is commonly known as the decorator crab. His activity may be harmful to certain soft corals.

    Razorfish (Aeoliscus strigatus) – the body of the razorfish is very flattened; the bone plates covering its body create a sharp edge along its belly. It swims in reversed position – with its head downwards.

  • ”NATURE” STYLE AQUARIUM

    This environment is created by coral reef forming organisms. These organisms live in all the seas and oceans in which the temperature is higher than 18° C. As the environment on the brink of extinction, 40 reefs are protected by law. Despite the fact that they cover only 0.2% of seabed, as much as 25% of all seawater species live there.

    Ocellaris clownfish (Amphiprion ocellaris) –  this species is very well known as Nemo from a popular cartoon. The clownfish have bright orange coloration with three white stripes, the middle one being triangular. Around the white stripes we notice subtle black contours. Similar, but wider, lines can be seen on fins. The maximum body length is approx. 9-11 cm. The gender altering phenomenon is seen in this species.

    Starfish (Asteroidea) – animals with bodies in the shape of a star. They are part of Echinodermata phylum. Their shapes, colours and sizes vary. They live at the bottom of seas and oceans, most often under rocks and on coral reefs, at the depths from 0.5 to 300 meters, or even deeper.

    Longhorn cowfish (Lactoria cornuta) – also called Horned boxfish, is a variety of boxfish from the family Ostraciidae. These fish live in the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean. They live nearby coral reefs and in tropical seawater at the depths ranging from 18 to 100 m. Instead of scales, the body of this fish is covered by armour built from polygonal bone plates. The fish resemble a cow or a bull with horns, which is why in many languages they are called a cowfish. It has four characteristic appendages resembling horns. Two of them above the eyes, directed forwards and two near the anal fin directed backwards. The body of this fish is yellow with teal spots.

    Spider Decorator Crab (Camposcia retusa) – very originally looking and behaving crab with nocturnal way of life – hunts at night. It finds its food on the seabed. In the coral reef aquarium, it decorates itself with soft Anthozoa, sponges, shells, stones, which is why it is commonly known as the decorator crab. His activity may be harmful to certain soft corals.

    Razorfish (Aeoliscus strigatus) – the body of the razorfish is very flattened; the bone plates covering its body create a sharp edge along its belly. It swims in non-typical position – with its head downwards.

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