Instructions

How to participate in the BIOTOPE AQUARIUM Contest 2020

Please, read carefully

Registration

In order to participate please register and follow the Instructions below.

BIOTOPE IN NATURE and BIOTOPE AQUARIUM MODEL

To participate in the BIOTOPE AQUARIUM Contest you have to fill out 2 forms:

Which biotope data are required?

You have to supply the following datas by filling in the following forms and data:

  • BIOTOPE IN NATURE: name of the biotope, introduction text, location, photo/video, inhabitants, aquatic vegetation, water chemistry, substrate in Nature, aquatic biotope, environment, bibliography/sitography
  • BIOTOPE AQUARIUM MODEL: title of the biotope aquarium, introduction text, location, photo/video, inhabitants, aquatic vegetation, water chemistry, aquarium information, substrate in aquarium, bibliography/sitography

To allow a faster compilation and processing of the data, the forms are subdivided in topics. Provide as complete and accurate information as you can. They will be useful also to the biotope community in the end!

Have a look at the example

To have an idea about the required biotope information you can check here:

How to fill out the forms?

1. BIOTOPE IN NATURE (BIN)

Name your BIN correctly

BIN title: Name and type of the water body, and its location.

BIN description: Introduce your biotope. Describe shortly some interesting historical and ecoloigical facts regarding the location, its flora and fauna.

Location

GPS: Insert the GPS date of your biotope, if your research is based on your personal explorations. Otherwise check the publications your BIN is based on or contact the author/expert requesting the GPS data. The BAP Map can be helpful to you. Note, it is good to have GPS, but it is not a mandatory data.

Once you have supplied the form with the GPS data, your biotopes will appear on the BAP Map.

Country, Geographical region, State/Region, Department/Municipality/Province, Drainage Basin, River catchment, Water body type, Water body name, Water body part, Water body: tributary of, Tributary name: Insert the names and options from the drop-down menu to identify your location.

Media

Photos above water; Photos below water; Videos: Use file sharing platforms such as Myairbridge or Wetransfer to upload files up to 2 GB and copy the link in the windows below accordingly.

The photos/videos of the natural biotope are an important visual support that help understand the enviroment. But their quality (Internet research) does not influence the final vote.

You can supply BAC with up to 5 well-defined images in high resolution. The images must be clear, unmodified and in horizontal format. If possible, respect the technical requirements: 2400px large, JPG/JPEG.

Name the photo/video files following our instructions: bin_name of the water body_location(province/region/basin)_country_number_©name.format

  • Example Photo: bin_riojufaris_rionegro_brazil_1_rperez.jpg
  • Example Video: bin_riojufaris_rionegro_brazil_2_rperez.mp4

Aquatic life

Aquatic inhabitants: Add names of fishes, crustaceans, amphibians, molluscs found in the biotope by clicking on “Add aquatic inhabitant”.

Aquatic vegetationAdd the family and latin names of the plants and mosses found in the biotope by clicking on “Add aquatic vegetation”.

To check the correct names up to date, you can use Eschmeyers Catatog of Fishes and Plants of the World Online.

Water properties

Water type; Water colour; Water transparency; Concentration of sediments; Water temperature; Water flow/current typeSelect the water properties of the biotope from the drop-down menu.

Chemical parameters

pH; Conductivity; GH; KH; Dissolved Oxygen: Insert the data on the chemical parameters measured in the biotope.

Aquatic Biotope

Date of collecting; Collecting area; Water depth; Air temperature; Sunlight: Insert the data related to the collecting event.

Substrate in nature

Sand; Pebble/Gravel; Stone; Silt/Mud; Leaves; Driftwood; Submerged terrestrial vegetation: Select from the drop-down menu the substrate in the natural biotope.

Environment

Environment; Riparian zone; Terrestrial vegetation; Surrounding area; Underwater landscape; Threats to ecology: Describe the area above and below water. Describe the factors endangering this biotope.

Information sources

  • Bibliography: List of the publications used to work on your biotope data
  • Sitography: List of the online sources used to work on your biotope data

Note: The biotope references are an important information source and will be checked by the BAC International Jury.

2. BIOTOPE AQUARIUM MODEL (BAM)

Name your BAM correctly

BAM title: Name and type of the water body and its location.

BAM description: Introduce your biotope aquarium. Describe shortly the motivation of your choice, the composition and its most interesting features.

Location

GPS: Copy the GPS date of your BIOTOPE IN NATURE you just entered in the previous form. Note, it is good to have GPS data, but it is not a mandatory data.

Once you filled in the form with the GPS data, your biotopes will appear on the BAP Map.

Country, Geographical region, State/Region, Department/Municipality/Province, Drainage Basin, River catchment, Water body type, Water body name, Water body part, Water body: tributary of, Tributary name: Insert the names and options from the drop-down menu to identify your location. Use the data of the BIOTOPE IN NATURE form.

Media

Photos above water; Photos below water; Videos: Use the file sharing platforms such as Myairbridge or Wetransfer to upload files up to 2 GB and copy the link in the windows below accordingly.

The photos/videos of the biotope aquarium are the only visual support to evaluate your work. You must accompany your entry with:

  • 5 well-defined images in high resolution: 1 photo of the tank and 4 photos showing the aquarium inhabitants.
  • The images must be clear (in focus), unmodified, not overexposed.
  • The aquarium photo must be frontal, horizontal, uncropped,and all the edges of the front glass must be visible.
  • Technical requirements, if possible: 2400px large, JPG/JPEG.
  • Make sure you have the aquarium walls clean and the equipment hidden (temporarily removed).
  • The Jury will evaluate only underwater part of the aquarium. The part above water can only affect the overall impression.
  • The organizers can re-crop your photo, if your crop does not meet the specified conditions.

An advice: try to get shots showing the natural behaviour of your inhabitants, such as courtship, schooling, and parenting.

Name the photo/video files by following our instructions: bam_name of the water body_location(province/region/basin)_country_number_©name.format

  • Example Photo: bam_riojufaris_rionegro_brazil_1_rperez.jpg
  • Example Video: bam_riojufaris_rionegro_brazil_2_rperez.mp4
Authorship confirmation
  • Together with BAM photos please upload the photo nbr. 6 of your aquarium with a sheet of paper with “BAP BIOTOPE AQUARIUM Contest 2020” written on it.

Aquatic life

Aquatic inhabitants: Add the family and Latin names of the fishes, crustaceans, amphibians, molluscs living in your aquarium by clicking on “Add aquatic inhabitant”.

Aquatic vegetation: Add the family and Latin names of the plants and mosses decorating your aquarium by clicking on “Add aquatic vegetation”.

To check the correct, up to date names, you can use Eschmeyers Catatog of Fishes and Plants of the World Online for plants.

Water properties

Water type; Water color; Water transparency; Concentration of sediments; Water temperature; Water flow/current type: Select the properties of the water in the biotope aquarium from the drop-down menu.

Chemical parameters

pH; Conductivity; GH; KH; Dissolved Oxygen: Insert the data on chemical parameters you keep in the biotope aquarium.

Aquarium dimentions

Length; Depth; High; VolumeInsert the measures of the tank.

Aquarium description

Aquarium decoration: Describe the composition and your choices in making your set-up looking like a natural biotope.

Aquarium equipment: Describe your aquarium equipment.

Fish care: Describe your actions to keep the fish healthy and active.

Plant care: Describe you actions to keep the plants thriving.

Water care: Describe your maintance routine in detail.

Substrate in the aquarium

Sand; Pebble/Gravel; Stone; Silt/Mud; Leaves; Driftwood; Submerged terrestrial vegetation: Select from the drop-down menu the substrate in your biotope aquarium.

Information sources

  • Bibliography: List of the publications used to work on your biotope data
  • Sitography: List of the online sources used to work on your biotope data

Note: The biotope references are an important information source and will be checked by the BAC International Jury.

How to fill out the form “BIOTOPE IN NATURE”? Watch our video guide!

How to fill out the form “BIOTOPE AQUARIUM Model”? Watch our video guide!

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