About BAP

What is BAP

Cano de la Libertad, Rio Apaporis, Colombia. ©BAP, photo N. Khardina

BIOTOPE AQUARIUM Project is the 1st international, innovative start-up created to build the interactive multilingual and multimedia BIOTOPE AQUARIUM Platform, which covers topics such as research expeditions, aquatic explorations, new discoveriesbiology of aquatic inhabitants (fish, plants, crustacean, molluscs),  biotope aquarium decorations, interviews with experts, education and conservation. A special section dedicated to children is included, to stimulate their education and interaction with biodiversity in freshwater field, in the form of the BIOTOPE AQUARIUM App.

BIOTOPE AQUARIUM Project is the 1st interactive space 100% dedicated to the exploration of aquatic BIOTOPES IN NATURE (BIN) that provides aquarium hobbyists, professionals and scientists with the perfect tool to build their own BIOTOPE AQUARIUM MODEL (BAM).

The BIOTOPE AQUARIUM Platform aims to become a meeting point providing aquarium lovers, professionals, schools, universities, pet shops and the aquatic industry with correct and unique information, certified by independent experts, on BIOTOPES.

What we do

BAM from Rio Xingú, Amazonas. ©BAP, photo N. Khardina

BAP experts travel around the globe to research and collect data on aquatic biotopes, to study and photograph aquatic vegetation.

Once elaborated, the data become part of the BIOTOPE AQUARIUM Database in order to record the biological communities, to understand how to apply the acquired knowledge to artificial and limited spaces like aquariums, to show the fragility of aquatic ecosystems and the uniqueness of every single fish, plant, amphibian, crustacean and mollusc.

What we promote

BAM with Potamotrygon motoro from Rio Mapuera, Brazil. ©BAP, photo N. Khardina

BIOTOPE AQUARIUM Map is the best instrument to promote the concept of the BIOTOPE AQUARIUM Model that:

  • simulates a certain natural environment documented with precise GPS data;
  • replicates conditions of its aquatic habitat, if freshwater, saline or brackish: pond, lake, creek or river area with a precise water type and specific chemical parameters;
  • consists in an adequate living space for a particular biological community, fish, plants and invertebrate species native to that biotope;
  • applies the correct décor materials to reconstruct authentically real-world – often very small – aquatic biotopes, which are constantly threatened and might soon disappear without warning, or have already vanished.

BAP assets

Aral Lake, Central Asia. ©BAP, photo H. Bleher

BAP’s main asset are BAP experts – scientists, explorers, professionals and experienced hobbyist who contribute with their engagement to make BIOTOPE AQUARIUM Project real. These people CARE for Nature and SHARE their knowledge with the aquarium lovers all around the globe.

Great experts like: Olga Baranovska (Ucraine), Nina Bogutskaya (Austria), Heiko Bleher (Italy), Heiko Blessin (Germany), Philippe Chevoleau (France), Hudson Crisanto (Brazil), Francesco Denitto, Italy, Hans-Georg Evers (Germany), Peter Günnel (Germany), Mikael Håkansson (Sweden), Derick Herrera (Costa Rica), Friedhelm Krupp (Germany), Flavio Lima (Brazil), Chris Lukhaup (Germany), Alexey Malyshev (Russia), Evgenia Moiseeva (Russia), Marcelo Notare (Brazil), Michael Salter (Canada), Stefano Valdesalici (Italy), Frans Vermeulen (Aruba) and others. They will interact with any user personally through video calls or phone chats, online workshops, newsletters and blogs.

Users will have also the opportunity to join our experts in their incredible expeditions. Competitions and much more will make a single aquarium the centre of the BIOTOPE AQUARIUM Project.

BAP kids

Amanda F. Bleher collecting fish in Rio Atabapo, Colombia. ©BAP, photo N. Khardina

How do we involve children in the aquarium hobby – the most educational hobby on Earth?

It is us, as adults, who should trigger children’s curiosity about our hobby and introduce them to the aquatic world. The best way to do that is not through sedentary screen time, but by getting kids outdoors, where they can directly interact with and touch animals and plants. Only then can they learn to be a part of Nature and not just its consumers.

We must give them tools and support their wish to explore and to create their own miniature aquatic experience. And get a chance to be EDUCATED BY NATURE. Like BAP.

Children will understand quickly if they learn through funny and playful examples. So children themselves must teach their companions that fish are awesome, that shrimp are cool, that aquatic plants are gorgeous, and the mollusks are amazing. Then it will work!

BAP is working on a number of initiatives to show how great it is to keep an aquarium: the BIOTOPE AQUARIUM, where animals feel at home and children are responsible for their well-being.