The Business of Fishkeeping and Aquascaping

Offered by School of Life Sciences & Chemical Technology

Short Course / 2 days / TGS-2021005389

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Course Information
Learning Outcomes
Course Schedule
Lesson Plan
Course Fees

Course Information

Fishkeeping and aquascaping can be a hobby, a business, or a form of therapy. In this course, participants will learn the basic knowledge and skills to set up an aquarium with aesthetically pleasing aquascape. Hobbyists who wish to invest or set up a business in this area will gain an insight into the real business practices. Therapists or contractors can also learn how to set up and maintain an aquarium with the proper aquascaping techniques and science in fish nutrition and water quality management.

This course is suitable for:

– Pet retail shop owners or employees who are handling/dealing with aquarium retail ornamental fish

– Hobbyists who aims to set up their fishkeeping and aquascaping business

– Occupational/rehabilitation therapists, social workers, child/elderly care providers or contractors who want to set up and maintain aquariums with beautiful aquascapes as a form of therapeutic interventions

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the insights on fish care and feeding
  • Select suitable aquatic plants for aquascaping
  • Perform maintenance of water quality system
  • Possess fundamentals of aquascaping techniques
  • Explore business fundamentals of aquascaping


Course Date: 17 May 2024 – 18 May 2024
Application Date: 18 Mar 2024 – 21 Apr 2024
Duration: 2 days
Time: 9am to 5pm
Delivery Mode: Classroom
Venue: Ngee Ann Polytechnic

Course Date: 14 Jun 2024 – 15 Jun 2024
Application Date: 15 Apr 2024 – 19 May 2024
Duration: 2 days
Time: 9am to 5pm
Delivery Mode: Classroom
Venue: Ngee Ann Polytechnic

Course Date: 19 Jul 2024 – 20 Jul 2024
Application Date: 20 May 2024 – 23 Jun 2024
Duration: 2 days
Time: 9am to 5pm
Delivery Mode: Classroom
Venue: Ngee Ann Polytechnic

Please click HERE to find out more about this course or when applications for future runs will be open.

Ngee Ann Polytechnic reserves the right to reschedule / cancel any programme, modify the fees and amend information without prior notice.

Lesson Plan

Course outline
  • Introduction to types of Common Aquarium Fish Species
  • Fish Care and Feeding
  • Selection and Setup of Sustainable Aquarium Systems
  • Aquatic Plants for Aquascaping
  • Water Quality Management
  • Fundamental Aquascaping Techniques
  • Mini Competition on Aquascaping
  • Starting a Business in Aquascaping
  • Hands-on (setting up the aquarium)


A Certificate of Completion will be awarded to learner who achieve at least 75% attendance and pass all required assessment(s).

A Certificate of Attendance will be awarded to learner who meet the 75% attendance requirement.

Course Fees

Funding period for this course is from 1 Jun 2021 to 30 Sep 2024.

SkillsFuture Credit
All Singaporeans aged 25 and above can use their $500 SkillsFuture Credit from the government to pay for a wide range of approved skills-related courses. Visit the SkillsFuture Credit website to choose from the courses available on the Training Exchange course directory.

Union Training Assistance Programme (UTAP)
NTUC members enjoy 50% unfunded course fee support for up to $250 each year (or up to $500 for NTUC members aged 40 years old and above) when you sign up for courses supported under UTAP (Union Training Assistance Programme). Please visit e2i’s website to find out more.

Enhanced training support for SMEs
For enhanced training support for SMEs, enter SME in the promo code during course application.

Long Term Visit Pass Plus (LTVP+) holders, please furnish the following documents to the course administrator to qualify for SSG funding:
Self-sponsored learner (**LTVP+): Copy of your green visit pass card, with the word ‘PLUS’ on the back of the card.
Co-sponsored learner (##LTVP+): Copy of valid and current Letter of Consent (LOC) from MOM

GST Increment in 2024
Please note that the GST rate will be revised to 9% with effect from 1 Jan 2024. As such any payable course fees will be subjected to the new GST rate adjustments in 2024. Please refer to our STEP portal for the updated fees. (Click on STEP)


  • The fees below are determined based on prevailing funding policies and subject to review and revision.
  • Please refer to our FAQs for more information.

Ngee Ann Polytechnic reserves the right to reschedule/cancel any programme, modify the fees and amend information without prior notice.

Applicants / Eligibility Fees
Full Course fee$861.10
Enhanced Training Support for SMEs for Singapore Citizen$100.33
Enhanced Training Support for SMEs - SPR & LTVP+$100.33
SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy for Singapore Citizen aged 40 and above$100.33
SkillsFuture Baseline Funding for Singapore Citizen Aged Below 40$258.33
SkillsFuture Baseline Funding for SPR/LTVP+$258.33