Located in Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City, Amix Coffee is the brainchild of 23-year-old Nguyen Duoc Hoa, who wanted to take the concept of animal cafes to a whole new level. The cafe features two flooded floors filled with hundreds of fish both small and large. They are both insulated with two layers of plastic tarp and furniture legs are wrapped in cotton to minimize friction and prevent damage to the tarp. The cafe uses a triple filtration system to keep the water crystal clear at all times, and pumps that change between a quarter and half of the water on each floor to maintain optimum conditions for the fish. In order to gain access to these man-made ponds full of colorful fish, visitors are required to take off their shoes and clean their feet. They can then enjoy a wide range of refreshments and snacks as Japanese carp and other small fish swim at their feet.
The first floor of Amix Coffee is home to small decorative fish, while the second one features large Japanese carp weighing around 300 grams each.
The young owner plans to buy more Japanese carp to replace the smaller species because they are more prone to death due to shock.
Each floor covers an area of 20 square meters and the water level is up to 25 centimeters deep.
Families with small children make up an important part of the clientele, and while most of them don’t cause problems, some parents let their kids run after the fish, which isn’t allowed.