There are many Fish Spas in Singapore but stick to the more reputable brands e.g. Kenko, Qian Hu Fish Spa since there had been a number of reports of shops using cheaper species of fish which could do more harm than good. The Fish Spa service at Qian Hu Fish Farm is one of the cheapest in the market:
Walk-in rates for the Fish Spa – $10 for first half (1/2) hour and subsequent charges are at $0.30 per minute. Slippers and towels are also provided as part of the fee.
If you are planning a company/family bonding trip by having fishes nibbling at their feet, you can also book in advance with Qian Hu Fish Farm -> they have this Spa Executive Tour (weekdays only, exclude Public holidays) that can cost as little as $5/head depending on the group size.
This is the second time I am here for this Fish Spa.. I noticed that the fishes have grown tremendously in size or they had introduced new fish species. Some are as long as my foot and my foot is already quite HUGE!
The sign in Mandarin says ” Over Here -> Bigger Fish Bigger Enjoyment” and indeed it is a very interesting and ticklish experience. Don’t worry, not all fishes are as big; there is just one pool with such big fishes, the rest are smaller ones. You can see the difference between the small and big fish in the top right most picture.
So sad there is no more nail spa available when I visit Qian Hu.
Qian Hu claims in an article before that it has a total of 3000 doctor fishes in those ponds. It is little compared to Kenko's 4500 fishes in each of the 3 ponds there.
The big fishes they have at Qian Hu are bigger than Kenko's, but they don't nibble too long at your feet. The sensation is not as relaxing as that at kenko.
I went to the fish spa on a weekend (no car, so only can wait till weekend to take their free bus) and the place was quite packed with families. The kids were paying for Longkang Fishing and the couples were paying for the Fish Spa.
For the fish spa, although it is quite cheap compared to Kenko at The Singapore Flyer, there are just not enough fish to share. The pools are so big and yet the fish are so relatively little.
Even though Qian Hu have 1 pool that says "bigger fish, bigger sensation", the fish in this pool is still too little and simply "too arrogant". They keep changing location (as they swim around in 1 big pack) and a lot of time, my feet are being bored to death without their "kissing".
Qian Hu Ornamental Fish Farm operates a nail spa that is different. Instead of using conventional tools to remove the dead skin and cuticle of your feet, it uses the fish, garra rufa.
This fish is also known as Doctor Fish, Nibble Fish, Kangal Fish or Lickers Fish. It is found in the rivers of Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Turkey and Syria. It can live at a temperature around 37 degree Celsius in hot pools. They have a lifespan of 4 to 6 years.
At Qian Hu Fish Spa, customers are seated round a huge communal fish pool with their legs immersed in it. Scores of fish nibble away at the dead skin on their feet. I felt hundreds of tweezers pecking at my feet. It was ticklish, occasionally a bigger Nibble fish would take a big bite. eowwwww ........
I was told my skin would feel silky smooth and healthy after the dull and dead skin is removed. So I graciously endured for 30 minutes. Guys at the pool were giggling. A lady claimed her skin was smoother after the treatment and intends to have her whole body immersed the next session. Horrors!
This Doctor Fish therapy is said to heal Psoriasis. The fish nibble at the diseased skin until the upper skin is completely removed and release a small quantity of dithranol, an enzyme which results in skin rejuvenation.
Qian Hu sells these fish, so you can re-create the spa at home. A small Garra rufa costs $10 and a larger one is $20. Don't worry, these are not Pirahna fish, your kid would not turn into a skeleton should he accidentally fall into the pool. hehehe....
$10 for 30 minutes, with slippers and towels which you are free to take home.
Mon - Thurs : 9 am to 6 pm
Fri - Sun & Public Holiday : 9 am to 7 pm
After visiting Nippon Koi Farm, I drop by at Qian Hu fish farm since it is just a min drive away.
Similar to Mainland, they carry a variety of accessories. In fact, it might be the biggest stockkist for aquarium accessories in Singapore.
There are many glass tanks in one big hall displaying various type of tropical fishes and Arowana. There is another hall besides it displaying all the aquarium accessories.
There is a hall equip with many concrete ponds keeping Kois, gold fish and some other tropical fishes. The Koi is of the lowest quality. There use to have big butterfly black gold fish in the pond but I see none of it now.
In short, I only like the Arowana here. Although there are places specialise in Arowana, you can pay a visit here if you are a hobbist for Arowana.
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