BIOTOPE AQUARIUM DESIGN CONTEST 2019

Welcome to the page of international Biotope Aquarium Design Contest 2019!

From the 20th to 31st of August, the entries will be evaluated by professional members of the jury, the organizers and the participants of the contest, who will choose winners in the special nominations for the best photo, video and so on.

The prize pool: 3000 euro + BADC magazine with the best aquaria 2019 + Commemorative honorary diplomas and certificates.

Enjoy viewing aquaria!

Sponsor of the contest:

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Achiguate_River_Escuintla_somewhere_in_Guatemala_1_

_th place

Achiguate River, Escuintla, somewhere in Guatemala, 275 L

Guatemala. Alejandro Hernández

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_th place

Along the banks of the Pamba river, Kerala, India, 75 L

Belgium. Xavier Bourdet

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_th place

Ameca River, shoal near the coast near San Antonio Matute, Jalisco, Mexico, 120 L

Russia. Oleg Blinov

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_th place

Banks of the Zena stream in the Gessi Regional Park San Lazzaro di Savena, Italy, 600 L

Poland. Pawel Lukasz Kocik

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_th place

Banks of Yangmei river in the dry season, Mount Zaomu, Foshan, China, 90 L

China. Nan Li

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_th place

Birch Hill island, Lake Winnipesaukee, USA, 375 L

Poland. Bartłomiej Paśnik

Black_water_stream_Sungai_Nibong_Sibu_District_Sarawak_Malaysia_1

_th place

Black water stream Sungai Nibong, Sibu District, Sarawak, Malaysia, 59 L

Russia. Stanislav Labay

Blue_Creek_slow_moving_part_through_forest_in_Toledo_Belize_1

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Blue Creek, slow moving part through forest in Toledo, Belize, 465 L

Croatia. Tomislav Sobota

Bottom_of_Inle_lake_south_of_Shan_State_Myanmar_1

_th place

Bottom of Inle lake, south of Shan State, Myanmar, 54 L

France. Erwan Le Peillet

Bulu_Point_rock_deposit_Lake_Tanganyika_Tanzania_1

_th place

Bulu Point rock deposit, Lake Tanganyika, Tanzania, 288 L

China. Wang Peng

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_th place

Cape Kabogo, Tanganyika Lake, Tanzania, 135 L

Poland. Bartłomiej Paśnik

Colleges_crossing_tidal_freshwater_reaches_Brisbane_River_Chuwar_Queensland_Australia_1

_th place

Colleges crossing tidal freshwater reaches, Brisbane River, Chuwar, Queensland, Australia, 576 L

Australia. Jason Sulda

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_th place

Congo River basin, Ituri forest in the northeastern region of the Democratic Republic ​of Congo, 187 L

Philippines. Vincent James Cabuang

Corydoras_en_Los_Tres_Gigantes_Rio_Negro_National_Park_Paraguay_1

_th place

Corydoras in Los Tres Gigantes, Rio Negro National Park, Paraguay, 160 L

Austria. Uwe Zufelde

Costal_area_in_Itenez_Bolivian_Guapore_1

_th place

Costal area in Itenez, Bolivian Guapore, 330 L

Romania. Emil Visan

Crystal_spring_pool_in_distant_Amazon_tributary_Brazil_1

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Crystal spring pool in distant Amazon tributary, Brazil, 1200 L

China. Han-Jun Cai

Downstream_of_Tamsui_River_basin_Tamsui_district_New_Taipei_City_Taiwan_1

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Downstream of Tamsui River basin, Tamsui district, New Taipei City, Taiwan, 189 L

Taiwan. Newt Jhuang

Drying_roadside_drain_Vyakhtelevo_village_Gatchina_district_Leningrad_region_Russia_1

_th place

Drying roadside drain, Vyakhtelevo village, Gatchina district, Leningrad region, Russia, 30 L

Russia. Yegor Tormosov

Forest_Creek_near_Barcelos_Rio_Negro_tributaries_in_Brazil_II_1

_th place

Early in the rainy season, forest creeks near Barcelus, tributaries of the Negro River, Brazil, 276 L

China. Wang Peng

El_Coyote_River_ecologic_park_Charco_Azul_Nuevo_León_Mexico_1

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El Coyote River, ecologic park Charco Azul, Nuevo León, Mexico, 366 L

Mexico. Marco Arroyo

El_Pujal_fast_current_part_of_Tampaon_River_Panuco_River_Basin_Mexico_1

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El Pujal, fast current part of Tampaon River, Panuco River Basin, Mexico, 80 L

Russia. Marina Kolodan

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_th place

Fabulous world of Caño Sardiña, black water, Columbia, 160 L

Poland. Arkadiusz Skrzycki

Fast_current_marginal_area_of_the_source_of_the_Neva_River_Leningrad_Region_Russia_1

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Fast current marginal area of the source of the Neva River, Leningrad Region, Russia, 540 L

Russia. Alexander Novikov

Fast_flowing_stream_above_waterfall_Lagu_Lagu_creek_Leyte_island_Philippines_1

_th place

Fast flowing stream above waterfall, Lagu Lagu creek, Leyte island, Philippines, 180 L

China. Qi Yin

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Flooded area on the Krężniczanka river, near Bełżyce, Poland, 54 L

Poland. Bartłomiej Paśnik

Flooded_Essequibo_River_Coast_in_Iwokrama_Nature_Reserve_Guyana_1

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Flooded Essequibo River Coast in Iwokrama Nature Reserve, Guyana, 480 L

Ukraine. Bogdan Oleynik

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Flooded forest at the confluence of the Agua Preta stream in the Unini River, Brazil, 145 L

Russia. Albert Vendel

Flooded_forest_of_Lago_Grande_do_Rio_Manacapuru_Amazonas_Brazil_1

_th place

Flooded forest of Lago Grande do Rio Manacapuru, Amazonas, Brazil, 768 L

Italy. Cristian Ghia

Floodplains_of_Lake_Kinkony_in_the_Mahajanga_Province_north_west_of_Madagascar_1

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Floodplains of Lake Kinkony in the Mahajanga Province, north west of Madagascar, 600 L

Poland. Pawel Lukasz Kocik

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_th place

Floodplains, near the mouth of the Rio Manacacias River, Colombia, 63 L

Poland. Krzysztof Szulczyk

Forest_creek_near_Barcelos_Rio_Negro_tributaries_in_Brazil_1

_th place

Forest creek near Barcelos, Rio Negro tributaries in Brazil, 300 L

China. Wang Peng

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_th place

Forest pond, Cameroon, West Africa, 60 L

Russia. Alexey Tsyganov

Forest_stream_of_the_Mamore_river_near_the_mouth_of_the_Rio_Guapore_Bolivia_1

_th place

Forest stream of the Mamore river, near the mouth of the Rio Guapore, Bolivia, 270 L

Poland. Mateusz Trela

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Gentle stream of Rio da Prata river, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil, 32 L

China. Nan Li

Habitat_Ambystoma_dumerilii_Pátzcuaro_Lake_riverside_Urandén_México_1

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Habitat Ambystoma dumerilii, Pátzcuaro Lake riverside, Urandén, México, 324 L

Mexico. José Ramiro Linares Buenrostro

Igarapé_Cajari_a_tributary_of_Rio_Caurés_Amazonas_Brazil_1

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Igarapé Cajari, a tributary of Rio Caurés, Amazonas, Brazil, 270 L

India. Achintya Shankar Adhikari

Igarapé_do_Daracua_shallow_blackwater_habitat_Rio_Negro_river_Brazil_1

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Igarapé do Daracua, shallow blackwater habitat, Rio Negro river, Brazil, 330 L

Romania. Alexandru Vultur

Igarapé_do_Daracua_the_small_forest_stream_of_Rio_Negro_river_near_Barcelos_Brazil_1

_th place

Igarapé do Daracua, the small forest stream of Rio Negro river, near Barcelos, Brazil, 100 L

China. Lu Xiaolong

Igarapé_near_Rio_Daraá_tributary_of_Rio_Negro_Amazonas_Brazil_1

_th place

Igarapé near Rio Daraá, tributary of Rio Negro, Amazonas, Brazil, 648 L

Netherlands. Malou Claire

Igarapé_Xinane_Acre_Brazil_1

_th place

Igarapé Xinane, Acre, Brazil, 37 L

Portugal. Tiago Rocha

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_th place

Intensive vegetation areas of Kırkgöz springs, Antalya, Turkey, 585 L

Turkey. Mert Yılmaz

Intermediate_habitat_near_Kapampa_Tanganyika_Lake_D_R_Congo_1

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Intermediate habitat near Kapampa, Tanganyika Lake, D.R.Congo, 63 L

Ukraine. Ivan Ivasiv

Intermediate_rocky_habitat_in_Bulu_Point_East_coast_of_Lake_Tanganyika_Tanzania_1

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Intermediate rocky habitat in Bulu Point, East coast of Lake Tanganyika, Tanzania, 180 L

Turkey. Uğur Ruşen Doğan

Jungle_waterway_of_Lago_Penera_on_the_Rio_Uaupes_Brazil_1

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Jungle waterway of Lago Penera on the Rio Uaupes, Brazil, 153 L

China. Hu Yuhao

Kahang_Stream_at_Johor_district_Peninsula_Malaysia_1

_th place

Kahang Stream at Johor district, Peninsula Malaysia, 34 L

Malaysia. Mohamad Zul Aizad

Lago_Grande_do_Curuai_state_of_Para_Brazil_1

_th place

Lago Grande do Curuai, state of Para, Brazil, 840 L

Greece. Christos Nikolakoulis

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_th place

Lake Bung Khong Long, Bueng Kan province, Thailand, 54 L

Czech Republic. Petra Hůlová

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Lake ecosystem, Mekong River delta, Can Tho, Vietnam, 290 L

Vietnam. Tran Hoang Nghia

Lake_Mai_Ndombe_shallow_black_water_near_the_village_of_Ipeke_Democratic_Republic_of_Congo_1

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Lake Mai-Ndombe, shallow black water near the village of Ipeke, Democratic Republic of Congo, 60 L

Belgium. Ibaa Novitch

Lake_Malebo_coastal_area_Congo_River_Democratic_Republic_of_Congo_1

_th place

Lake Malebo, coastal area, Congo River, Democratic Republic of Congo, 240 L

Russia. Tatiana Belyanina

Lake_Tanganyika_shores_of_Kipili_in_wet_season_vegetated_rocky_habitat_Tanzania_1

_th place

Lake Tanganyika Shores of Kipili In Wet Season, Vegetated Rocky Habitat, Tanzania, 536 L

Turkey. Fatih Özdemir

Lake_Tanganyika_benthic_waters_of_Kungwe_Point_sedimented_rocky_habitat_Tanzania_1

_th place

Lake Tanganyika, benthic waters of Kungwe Point, sedimented rocky habitat, Tanzania, 487 L

Turkey. Fatih Özdemir

Lake_Tanganyika_Congo_rocky_bottom_with_open_space_Africa_1

_th place

Lake Tanganyika, Congo, rocky bottom with open space, Africa, 1680 L

Poland. Paweł Jaremko

Lake_Tanganyika_sandy_sedimentary_bottom_area_in_Ndole_Bay_Zambia_1

_th place

Lake Tanganyika, sandy sedimentary bottom area in Ndole Bay, Zambia, 60 L

China. Liu Xueying

Lake_Tanganyika_shores_of_Ikola_shallow_sediment_free_rocky_habitat_Tanzania_1

_th place

Lake Tanganyika, shores of Ikola, shallow sediment free rocky habitat, Tanzania, 447 L

Turkey. Fatih Özdemir

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_th place

Lamprologus speciosus, south of Kalemie, Tanganyika, Zair, 54 L

Poland. Arkadiusz Skrzycki

Laonong_River_Kaohsiung_Taiwan_1

_th place

Laonong River, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, 85 L

Taiwan. Tzu-Yu Chen

Likoma_Island’s_rocky_habitat_Southeast_of_Lake_Malawi_Mozambique_waters_1

_th place

Likoma Island’s rocky habitat, Southeast of Lake Malawi, Mozambique waters, 140 L

China. Lu Xiaolong

Lower_Atabapo_River_shallow_water_forest_base_Venezuela_1

_th place

Lower Atabapo River, shallow water forest base, Venezuela, 96 L

Turkey. Arif Hikmet Başeğmez

Marginal_zone_of_Chilika_Lake_in_the_area_of_Puri_Odisha_India_1

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Marginal zone of Chilika Lake in the area of Puri, Odisha, India, 140 L

Russia. Anastasia Chistyakova

Marginal_zone_of_the_Chukhonka_River_near_Park_Bridge_Krestovsky_Island_St_Petersburg_Russia_1

_th place

Marginal zone of the Chukhonka River near Park Bridge, Krestovsky Island, St. Petersburg, Russia, 230 L

Russia. Vasily Stolyarov

Marginal_zone_of_the_Glukharka_River_Lake_Lakhta_in_the_Primorsky_district_St_Petersburg_Russia_1

_th place

Marginal zone of the Glukharka River, Lake Lakhta in the Primorsky district, St. Petersburg, Russia, 80 L

Russia. Alexandra Ivanova

Margins_of_the_tributary_Mopán_River_Petén_Guatemala_1

_th place

Margins of the tributary, Mopán River, Petén, Guatemala, 280 L

Guatemala. Ronald Ramón

Masek_Lake_margin_near_the_village_of_Sinoni_Tanzania_Africa_1

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Masek Lake, margin near the village of Sinoni, Tanzania, Africa, 120 L

Russia. Matvey Sokolov

Mbé_River_a_quiet_backwater_in_northwestern_Gabon_1

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Mbé River, a quiet backwater in northwestern Gabon, 40 L

Russia. Ruslan Kharkov

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Meanders of a forest stream, a tributary of the Chodelka River near Bełżyce, Poland, 225 L

Poland. Bartłomiej Paśnik

Mekong_River_Nakhon_Phanom_province_Thailand_1

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Mekong River, Nakhon Phanom province, Thailand, 100 L

Georgia. Giorgi Khizanishvili

Mini_waterfall_pond_Ribeira_da_Mata_near_Sintra_Portugal_1

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Mini waterfall pond, Ribeira da Mata near Sintra, Portugal, 50 L

Portugal. João Sol

Moenkhausia_sanctaefilomenae_Pilcomayo_Paraguay_1

_th place

Moenkhausia sanctaefilomenae, Pilcomayo, Paraguay, 96 L

United Kingdom. Piotr Sliwka

Morichal_Largo_River_Orinoco_River_basin_Venezuela_1

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Morichal Largo River, Orinoco River basin, Venezuela, 84 L

Turkey. Oğuzhan Çepni

Мountain_stream_in_the_south_of_Guangdong_province_China_1

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Mountain stream in the south of Guangdong province, China, 64 L

Ukraine. Artem Bereznev

Mouth_of_the_Khotomlyanka_river_at_the_confluence_with_the_Seversky_Donets_Pecheneg_reservoir_Ukraine_1

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Mouth of the Khotomlyanka river at the confluence with the Seversky Donets, Pecheneg reservoir, Ukraine, 110 L

Ukraine. Konstantin Radoutskiy

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Oka River, stony margin in the Kolomna, Moscow region, Russia, 50 L

Russia. Dmitriy Veles

One_of_small_brook_inflow_to_Igarape_Yavuari_Brazil_1

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One of small brook inflow to Igarape Yavuari, Brazil, 20 L

Taiwan. Yu-Te Lin

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Orinoco Riverside, Bolivar State, Venezuela, 130 L

Turkey. Ahmet Başar

Oryza_rufipogon_Tram_Chim_National_Park_of_Dong_Thap_Muoi_Mien_Tay_Vietnam_1

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Oryza rufipogon, Tram Chim National Park of Dong Thap Muoi, Mien Tay, Vietnam, 175 L

Vietnam. Pham Duc Manh

Osered_River_shallow_water_near_Pavlovsk_Voronezh_Region_Russia_1

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Osered River, shallow water near Pavlovsk, Voronezh Region, Russia, 45 L

Russia. Ivan Ufimtsev

The_outskirts_of_the_river_Progo_in_the_dry_season_Central_Java_Indonesia_1

_th place

Outskirts of the river Progo in the dry season, Central Java, Indonesia, 160 L

Indonesia. Ahmad Nasrul

Pantanal_flooded_forest_Mato_Grosso_Brasil_1

_th place

Pantanal flooded forest, Mato Grosso, Brasil, 27 L

Turkey. Kerem Okuroğlu

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_th place

Peat swamp forest in Selangor, Malaysia, 375 L

Poland. Bartłomiej Paśnik

Peat_swamp_forest_Johor_Malaysia_1

_th place

Peat swamp forest, Johor, Malaysia, 32 L

Japan. Rafael Takai Silveira

Potaro_River_shore_shoal_Essequibo_River_tributary_Guyana_1

_th place

Potaro River shore shoal, Essequibo River tributary, Guyana, 288 L

China. Wang Peng

Rahtawu_Kudus_River_in_the_dry_season_of_Central_Java_Indonesia_1

_th place

Rahtawu Kudus River in the dry season of Central Java, Indonesia, 160 L

Indonesia. Nasrul Karim

Rio_Caurés_Igarapé_Cajarí_tributary_of_Rio_Negro_Barcelos_Amazonas_Brazil_1

_th place

Rio Caurés, Igarapé Cajarí, tributary of Rio Negro, Barcelos, Amazonas, Brazil, 128 L

Brazil. Thiago Douglas Nobre

Rio_Momon_close_to_Iquitos_Peru_1

_th place

Rio Momon close to Iquitos, Peru, 180 L

Vietnam. Pham Duc Manh

Rio_Nanay_shallow_area_near_roots_of_the_fallen_tree_Peru_1

_th place

Rio Nanay, shallow area near roots of the fallen tree, Peru, 160 L

United Kingdom. Radek Cichno

Rio_Negro_сlear_water_Brazil_1

_th place

Rio Negro сlear water, Brazil, 468 L

Ireland. Martin Schubert

Rio_Negro_biotope_Brazil_1

_th place

Rio Negro biotope, Brazil, 315 L

Turkey. Nurullah Börü

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Rio Negro in Barcelos region, Brazil, 360 L

Brazil. Jose Antonio dos Reis

Río_Peyán_Guatemala_Jungle_Area_Submerged_Roots_Habitat_1

_th place

Río Peyán, Guatemala, Jungle Area, Submerged Roots Habitat, 540 L

United Kingdom. Lee Nuttall

River_in_the_Yangkou_area_downstream_of_the_Mount_Lao_Qingdao_China_1

_th place

River in the Yangkou area downstream of the Mount Lao, Qingdao, China, 300 L

China. Sun Kai

Roadside_channel_in_the_forest_near_the_southern_border_of_the_Kedrovaya_Pad_reserve_Primorye_Russia_1

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Roadside channel in the forest near the southern border of the Kedrovaya Pad reserve, Primorye, Russia, 25 L

Russia. Maria Saichik

Rocky_areas_of_the_Metapa_river_in_Escuintla_Guatemala_1

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Rocky areas of the Metapa river in Escuintla, Guatemala, 96 L

Guatemala. Valerio Osorio

Rocky_litoral_at_the_south_eastern_part_of_Likoma_Island_on_Lake_Malawi_in_Africa_1

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Rocky litoral at the south-eastern part of Likoma Island on Lake Malawi in Africa, 450 L

Poland. Michał Lewandowski

Rocky_shores_of_Gome_Malawi_1

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Rocky shores of Gome, Malawi, 1800 L

Denmark. Jesper Taustrup

Rushes_bank_of_Kepayang_stream_rain_season_West_Kalimantan_Indonesia_1

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Rushes bank of Kepayang stream, rain season, West Kalimantan, Indonesia, 189 L

Poland. Adrian Szczepańki

Sabangau_River_in_central_Kalimantan_province_Indonesia_1

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Sabangau River in central Kalimantan province, Indonesia, 96 L

China. Zuo Chong

San_Juan_Pacific_coast_of_Nicaragua_Lake_1

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San Juan, Pacific coast of Nicaragua Lake, 270 L

Turkey. Yiğitcan Uslu

Sandbank_of_Seversky_Donets_near_Izium_Ukraine_1

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Sandbank of Seversky Donets near Izium, Ukraine, 144 L

Ukraine. Konstantin Radoutskiy

Sandy_shallow_part_at_the_junction_of_the_Kalchik_and_Kalmius_rivers_Mariupol_Ukraine_1

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Sandy shallow part at the junction of the Kalchik and Kalmius rivers, Mariupol, Ukraine, 200 L

Ukraine. Artem Bereznev

Sedimented_and_vegetation_areas_of_Filyos_River_Zonguldak_Turkey_1

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Sedimented and vegetation areas of Filyos River, Zonguldak, Turkey, 135 L

Turkey. Yiğitcan Uslu

Shallow_part_of_the_marginal_zone_of_the_Abakan_channel_of_the_Yenisei_River_Krasnoyarsk_Russia_1

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Shallow part of the marginal zone of the Abakan channel of the Yenisei River, Krasnoyarsk, Russia, 750 L

Russia. Sergey Lobanov

Shallow_Peat_swamp_near_Tanjung_Malim_Perak_Malaysia_1

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Shallow Peat swamp near Tanjung Malim, Perak, Malaysia, 126 L

Malaysia. Amir Hazwan Saad

Shallow_pond_Moriche_palm_oasis_Rio_Morichal_Largo_Venezuela_1

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Shallow pond, Moriche palm oasis, Rio Morichal Largo, Venezuela, 200 L

Poland. Łukasz Kułakowski

Shallow_rocky_habitat_near_Kambwimba_Lake_Tanganyika_Tanzania_1

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Shallow rocky habitat near Kambwimba, Lake Tanganyika, Tanzania, 1200 L

China. Han-Jun Cai

Shallow_stream_in_Lotus_Mountain_Guangzhou_China_1

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Shallow stream in Lotus Mountain, Guangzhou, China, 150 L

China. Qi Yin

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Shallow stream in the dry season, S. Wosea, DS. Sawai, Weda Tengah, Halmahera, Maluku, Indonesia, 68 L

China. Nan Li

Shallow_stream_of_Gorgulho_da_Rita_in_dry_season_Rio_Xingu_Para_Brazil_1

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Shallow stream of Gorgulho da Rita in dry season, Rio Xingu, Para, Brazil, 100 L

China. Qi Yin

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Shallow waters near the bay area in Taal lake, Batangas, Philippines, 187 L

Philippines. Vincent James Cabuang

Shore_of_the_Nahualate_River_in_winter_Escuintla_Guatemala_1

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Shore of the Nahualate River in winter, Escuintla, Guatemala, 300 L

Guatemala. Luis E. Pérez

Silent_ponds_in_Guangxi_China_1

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Silent ponds in Guangxi, China, 250 L

China. Su Yu Qing

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Small affluent to Rio Paragua, Noel Kempff Mercado National Park, Bolivia, 345 L

Poland. Kamil Hazy

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Small creek in Rio Negro system, Amazonas state, Brazil, 112 L

Poland. Arkadiusz Skrzycki

Small_forested_tributary_to_the_Orinoco_River_1

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Small forested tributary to the Orinoco River, 110 L

USA. Vinny Anderson

Small_lake_near_the_village_of_Chudinovo_Leningrad_Region_Russia_1

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Small lake near the village of Chudinovo, Leningrad Region, Russia, 100 L

Russia. Grigory Fyodorov

Small_pond_system_downstream_of_Mekong_river_delta_Hau_Giang_Vietnam_1

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Small pond system, downstream of Mekong river delta, Hau Giang, Vietnam, 288 L

Vietnam. Luong Quoc Hung

Small_stream_in_Tamil_Nadu_state_Western_Ghats_India_1

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Small stream in Tamil Nadu state, Western Ghats, India, 310 L

France. Enzo Angevin

Small_Stream_in_the_Allpahuayo_Mishana_National_Reserve_Loreto_Peru_1

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Small Stream in the Allpahuayo Mishana National Reserve, Loreto, Peru, 350 L

Peru. Luis Alejandro Silva Paima

Small_tributary_of_Rio_Shanusi_near_Yurimaguas_Peru_1

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Small tributary of Rio Shanusi near Yurimaguas, Peru, 112 L

Czech Republic. Michal Klacek

Springs_at_the_North_side_of_Mount_Tai_of_China_1

_th place

Springs at the North side of Mount Tai of China, 243 L

China. Zhang Li Xian

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Stream_near_Rio_Demini_Amazonas_Brazil_1

_th place

Stream near Rio Demini, Amazonas, Brazil, 194 L

China. Zhenhua Sun

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Streams in Western Chengdu, Sichuan, China, 192 L

China. Huang Feihong

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Swamp of the Apalachicola River at Chattahoochee, Florida, USA, 250 L

China. Lu Xiaolong

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Swampy channel in the Yangtze River basin, southern Hubei province, Eastern China, 84 L

Russia. Daria Kondakova

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Taiwan’s Hsiao Li Creek — a small tributary in the mountain forest, 135 L

Taiwan. Chen Li Fan

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Taizi River, shallow riverbank area of Benxi City, Liaoning province, China, 288 L

China. Wang Peng

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Tributaries of the Nakdong River, Busan, South Korea, 62 L

Korea. Kim Tea Hyun

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Tributary of Huong river, Thua Thien-Hue province, Vietnam, 180 L

Czech Republic. Michal Klacek

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Tunico River in the summer, Izabal, Guatemala, 192 L

Guatemala. Adolfo Hernandez

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Uaupés River at Trovao, flood plain about 20 kilometers from mouth of Uaupés, Brazil, 112 L

Poland. Magdalena Szubska

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Under palm tree on the shore of the Tapajós river, Brazil, 96 L

China. Zhao Wentao

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Unnamed spring close to lake Inle, Myanmar, 96 L

France. Alexandre Lomaev

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Waters of Likoma Island, Lake Malawi, Mozambique, 200 L

Turkey. Eyüp Işıkdemir

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West Coast of Lake Tseny, Mahajanga Province, Sofia Region in Northwest Madagascar, 450 L

Italy. Martin Kocik

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Wetland of the Pindapoy Creek near the Paraná River, Misiones Province, Argentina, 240 L

Argentina. Philip Cortesi

PARTNER OF THE CONTEST:
The organizing of the contest and the annual workshop “Nature Biotopes” is supported by the DECOTOP project. Under this brand there are only natural materials: gravel, stones, driftwood and organics for decoration of aquarium, paludarium and terrarium.
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I’ve been interested in fish and aquariums since I was a little. I’m even interested in everything about water. After feeding different species for years, I realized that something was missing in the hobby for me. I was no longer satisfied with feeding new species or having a larger aquarium. Years later, it was easier to reach the information; I started to gather information about the natural habitats of the living things we fed, using internet and watching videos about the regions. As a result of the information I gathered and the experience I have acquired, I have established my first biotope aquarium. The result was tremendous for me; the hobby was more enjoyable than before for me. The feeding habits of the species I have never seen so far, the social relationship between them could now be followed in my home. In addition, the image in the aquarium I look at is very similar to the natural habitat of the creatures I fed and visual aesthetically pleasing me. Since I have met the concept of biotope aquarium, my favourite area of the hobby is biotopes. I would like to thank the organizers for organizing such a competition. It is very important to reach enough information for the development and reproduction of biotope aquariums. This contest aims to provide more information to the next year with the support of the participants. The most important point here is that the competitors need us and the organizers as well as we need them. This year we reached 134 record participants. This means more information about more habitats for the next year. You will find a lot of information and steps you need to take to make the most accurate and most interesting biotopes available in this competition. If your level is lower than you expect, it should not disappoint to you of the year you participated in the contest. You can prepare yourself better next year, find a better place for yourself and contribute to our library with a well studied biotope. I wish next year that there will be more rigorous and attentive participations and an increase in the number of participants.

Mert Aykuta

I would like to thank organizers for inviting me to judge BADC. This has become the number one biotope contest in the world. The biotope scene is rising, this year we have a record number of contests and contestants. That is a sign we are doing something good. Ecology awareness is becoming more and more important today, and it is “cool” to be eco-friendly. Aquarists have a part in that, by preserving endangered and extinct species in aquariums, exploring the behaviour, diet, and habitats; and also telling us about habitat destruction around the world. Soon some of these creeks and rivers will be no more. And the only thing that will remain is biotope aquariums. This contest is educational; beginners can learn much from it. That is good for the scene, it becomes more mature. Take a look in the last 10 years. How many goldfish bowls can you see? Certain fish species have certain needs, and biotope way is the perfect way to fulfil the needs of fishes kept in captivity (our aquariums). Make them feel like home. You owe them that.

Petra Bašić

I was thrilled to have another opportunity to be part of the judging panel again for the BADC 2018. Over the years I have been judging the contest I have seen the quality of entries advance massively, with much more research going in to most of the entries, and so many more entries becoming more area specific, like an actual point on a specific river system in South America, versus just a generic Amazon River biotope or a South American catch-all. The use of materials has become more advanced, with some hobbyists collecting decorative materials from the actual biotope they were replicating. This is great, and doesn’t come more authentic than that. My personal favourites were those that looked exactly as if I were snorkelling in the habitat, which again shows skill and understanding of true underwater biotopes by the entrants, and how they actually look when viewed underwater, in nature. Representing fish species which live together in nature is key to every biotope, but making sure the aquarium is appropriately sized for long term care should also be one of the most important considerations with any biotope tank. Several entries lost valuable points this year by representing fish species which live together in the wild, but which could not possibly be housed together in their chosen aquarium long term due to eventual size, and other reasons such as territoriality or predatory tendencies towards tank mates.

Jeremy Gay

This year the level of the biotope aquariums entered into the contest was very high, and it was very difficult for me to differentiate which one is better and which one is worse. There were some entries with no fish visible in the tank, even though the description said there were some. One of the biggest problems in this edition was that in many tanks fishes were breathing too fast (global warming effect, maybe?). I think one of the conditions for the future editions of the contest should be the demand to show fishes in the video, long enough to allow for evaluation if they are healthy and feel good. Fast breathing is definitely not something which should take place in a healthy aquarium. Another problem: some tanks were much, much too small for the size and amount of fishes. In my opinion, such entries should be not allowed into the contest, of course with clear explanation for the designer about what is wrong with his tank. All aquariums in the contest should be able to thrive in a long term; so, plenty of space for animals is an absolute prerequisite. Anyways, I congratulate all the participants, and cannot stress enough the amount of work they put into gathering all information about the habitats. I hope this was at least so much educating for them, as it was for me. Good job, and see you next year!

Piotr Kierzkowski

It has been a big pleasure and honour for me to act for the contest. And much more, I have been deeply impressed by the high quality of the tanks I have seen. My biggest compliments and thanks to all the participants, which have shown that the hobby is to only alive or a beautiful hobby. They also have shown the great sensibility of people to recognize and understand how nature is, has to look like and is functioning. This was much more than just designing a tank. No matter if you got a high rank or a lower one within the contest, you did a great thing. Keep on going like this!

Anton Lamboj

The Biotope Aquarium Design Contest this year has broken all records in terms of the number of participants. There were many biotopes in it. Some of them were presented for the first time (countries). Despite the high level of many entries, there were mistakes in them, and quite significant for this competition. I will not point to 2-3 aquaria with selectively bred angelfishes and swordtails (apparently they appeared in the contest occasionally), but I would like to analize the most common ones. The first mistake is the condition of the soil, fine sand. In some entries it is very noticeable that it was well washed, put in an aquarium, and covered with a few leaves and decorations. There cannot be fine sand of only one grain size in nature. In stagnant waters it should be abundantly covered with detritus, and in the current it will be washed and mixed with larger sand and small pebbles. The second drawback is entries imitating Lake Tanganyika. You can’t mix fish from different ecological zones, even if they live together in a bay: Cyprichromis, cichlids of open water and rocky areas, placed with Julidochromis, fishes of the surf zone and shell Lamprologus that live in deeper areas or different Tropheus races that never occur together in nature. Then, in addition to the design that is beautiful and biotope correct, you also need to use knowledge. For example, in an entry its author presents Puntigrus tetrazona, and in fact he has a different species – P. anchisporus, an inhabitant of the island of Borneo, which can never be found in Sumatra. In general, almost all entries were performed at a high level, especially biotopes that authors studied themselves (near the house, for example), and not from video and photos. Some of them turned out just perfect. P. S. Probably not only me, but other judges also noticed that the most realistic biotopes were setup by authors, who took decorations and aquatic organisms from their native habitats.

Alexey Malyshev

We are all living important times in the aquarium hobby today. Things are shifting and changing from what seemed like a “linear, nothing changes hobby” to a more modern up to date one. I’m not talking about a change of new tanks, filters and lights; I am talking about the way of thinking, the objective and philosophy in our hobby. This change and shift in philosophy is a result from the biotope aquarium movement worldwide. Biotope aquariums are not just about nature, they are about the connection that we once lost or never had between us, the aquarium and nature. There is a whole array of philosophies behind them. Some people seem to think they are better for the fish wellbeing, other people think that they are great educational tools to learn about nature and some even think they could help save endangered biotopes from destruction by awareness. If you ask me, well, they are all of the above and much more. Most of my friends on Facebook and Instagram are fish people, so on my feed I get 10% normal updates and 90% aquarium related stuff. This year I noticed that a high percentage of videos and images that were posted or shared were of people videoing biotopes outside and underwater in many countries around the globe. I have seen biotopes from Brazil, Russia, and Thailand, just to name a few. The same is happening with the look of aquariums. If I go back in time on my feed the aquariums start looking like, well, like 4 years ago. Nowadays the natural aquarium look is more natural, not just a clean, immaculate aquarium stuffed with an excessive amount of aquatic plants. All this change is just a product of knowledge, a knowledge that comes from the biotope aquarium movement. Before, we had to rely on books or what a few people would tell us or advise us to do. Today, if you are in this contest, you have a great possibility of becoming that advisor all due to seeking knowledge in nature. Look at the super incredible public aquariums Petra Bašić is creating or the impact Víctor Ortiz is having in his country on preservation of freshwater species. They both were BADC contestants a few years ago. The BADC contest is an extremely important platform. This is where the new proposals for our hobby are being shown. As you scroll down the 135 entries we had this year you start to wonder… why weren’t the aquariums done like this before? Now it makes sense because we are starting to really open our eyes and our minds. We are starting to think beyond the aquarium!

Ivan Mikolji

Each year the level of the contest rises which is fantastic, but what makes it even more interesting is the fact that each edition shows more and more local biotopes of the places of the participants origin, which becomes a true “delight” for the knowledge of the world biotopes, where in addition to showing global biodiversity you can learn more about the local processes of each nature biotope. This can undoubtedly help generating more and more strategies for local knowledge of the world water bodies, their global promotion and thereby attracting attention to those nature biotopes or endemic species that require help. So it should be understood that the biotope aquarium is a strategy of environmental education, promotion of ecological awareness, distributing information about ecosystems and their species, as well as the promotion of the revaluation of these natural resources and, of course, their conservation.

Víctor Ortiz

Friends, as a general comment I would like to give some tips that will help you to take a high place in the competition. The first and most important is to explore nature more often. Look around, get inspired. A river, a lake, a stream is the world’s best idea bank for a biotope aquarium. The second tip is design. Do not try to put your entire “deep” inner world into one aquarium. Simplify. The aquarium is the same architectural form as any object around us, and obeys the same rules. The third. Do not use traditional “biotope” elements too much. More flooded leaves and roots are not always better. Chaos must be controlled. In the first place a concept should be, not design elements. The fourth piece of advice is as follows: over the years of the competition, a certain stereotype has developed what a typical biotope aquarium should look like. But the averaged image is the path to the average aquarium. Personally, I, as a member of the jury, always appreciate new ideas. If you want a high place, be original; create something not like the others. In this case, remember the second tip! In competitions of recent years, it is such aquaria that occupy high positions. Interest in biotope aquaria grows, and this makes me very happy. It is noticeable what love the authors put into their aquaria. Each year, the competition opens up new talents. I enjoyed studying the biotopes. Thanks to all participants, the competition turned out to be very interesting and diverse. I wish you all good luck, and we look forward to new entries next year! Participate and win!

Yuriy Yancher

I admired nature from the very first breath I took, I think. As a baby, when I cried too much, my parents gave me time-out. The only thing that calmed me down was the flowers on the tiles of the bathroom. As a young child I helped my father with our first aquarium. Helped is a big word. I enjoyed it and got fascinated in these beautiful creatures. But I stealed with my eyes how my father did things and started this journey. In the first ten years I learned a lot – sadly enough – by doing things wrong. Too much fishes in too small volume with non compatible behaviour and no real plants. A perfect recepy for disaster. After that I stopped the hobby for a few years and became fulltime student. But I learned fast. I began reading and stopped “collecting” fishes. I met a very inspiring person in the city where I lived. He had a small shop, a lot of knowledge and some special fishes. He was the first to me to talk about biotoping. I was convinced and wanted a brand new start in this hobby: I would make my own automated biotope tank room. Luckily my wife supported me. Thinking about the different biotopes for 8 tanks and designing the room was quite a task. But I got great help of friends to make my dream room. And I got inspiring conversations about biotoping with many people. My true inspiration is Janne Aho, administrator of Biotope Aquaristics Facebook group. He keeps me thinking further and further in this discipline and learned me a LOT. I am not an explorer, but I am interested in reading as many relevant articles, videos and pictures as possible. It gives me – at least – the chance to try showing how a possible biotope could look like. It takes some efforts, but the reward of your own stable biotope tank is excellent. The more you read and view, the more you realise how vulnerable these biotopes are. Sadly enough human impact is enormous. We as biotope aquarists have to teach and learn from each other as much as possible. Good luck to contestants and other members of the jury! Keep biotoping!

Jeroen Vanhooren