River Itaim, Paraíba do Sul River basin in southeast Brazil

The 33th place in the qualifying stage of the Biotope Aquarium Design Contest 2015

brazil Brazil. Bruno Garcia dos Santos

Volume: 96 L
List of fishes: Characidium sp., Geophagus brasiliensis, Corydora aeneus, Harttia loricariformis, Phalloceros harpagos, Rhinella icterica
List of plants: Myriophyllum aquaticum, Heteranthera reniformis, Hygrophila costata
Biotope description: The river Itaim is part of the Paraíba southern river basin in southeastern Brazil. It is a river of shallow waters, with lots of rocks and plants in its banks. It is a river of slightly turbid water with weak currents. Its substrate consists of small stones, sand is “yellowish” and covered with algae rocks. The Itaim River has its source located near the border of Taubaté, with the municipalities of Caçapava and Redenção da Serra, in the state of São Paulo. I chose this river because it is one of the few in this region that is not polluted, I would take the time to appeal the people and government of the state of São Paulo, Minas Gerais and Rio de Janeiro to help save our rivers especially the Paraiba do Sul River which is now almost entirely polluted. The few rivers that are still clean flowing into the Paraiba do Sul has a beautiful flora and fauna and they must be preserved.

Although this aquarium is only 96 liters, it appears much bigger. Arrangement of elements is very natural, my only remark goes to part that aquarium will soon be too small for Geophagus. And I hope you have dry land for frog.

Petra Bašić (Croatia)