Recent Expeditions

Suriname 2012
During the 2012 expedition we visited the Gran Rio, the upper Suriname river, black water and the coastal area.

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Suriname 2011
In 2011 the expedition visited the Gran Rio, the upper Suriname river, Brownberg National Park and the coastal area.

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Suriname & French-Guyana 2008
During this first journey we visited various parts of Suriname and French-Guyana.

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Welcome to Aquatic Discoveries


The aquarium hobby has many enthusiastic fans worldwide, but few know what the natural habitat of their fishes really looks like. Aquatic Discoveries was created as a result of this knowledge gap.

The goal of Aquatic Discoveries is to spread knowledge about the natural habitats of our South American aquarium fishes. For example:

  • Rivers and tributaries (Rio’s)
  • Rapids (Sula’s)
  • Forest creeks (Kiki's)
  • Black water savannah creeks (Blacka watra)
  • Lakes
  • Swamps (Zwamp)

During our expeditions we try to completely describe the habitats by:

  • Taking above and underwater footage (photo and video).
  • Describing the surrounding (location, vegetation, presence of rocks/wood etc).
  • Describing the water parameters (Color, current, pH, conductivity, temperature etc.).
  • Catching and identifying as many fish species  as possible that are present at the location.

During our stay in the research areas we prefer to do business with local inhabitants and lodge owners. This we do to help the local inhabitants and to make them aware that is pays off to preserve their surroundings.

We also work together with various scientific institutions, museums and universities worldwide to collect samples and share our findings.

You cannot preserve something that you do not know exists.

- Ivan Mikolji

Expedition Suriname 2014!

We are planning a new expedition to Suriname for September/October this year. We are working out two possible options for which we are seeking participants.

The first option is a 16 day journey that is similar to the 2012 expedition. We will visit the Gran Rio, the Upper Suriname River, the rapids and various jungle creeks. In the final days we will also visit the blackwater savannah creeks and the coastal area. For this expedition we have room for 3 to 5 participants (Maximum group size is 4 to 6).

Option two is a 19 day expedition which includes not only Suriname, but also French Guyana! The first part is similar to the Suriname expedition, the main difference is that we will stay a few days shorter at two lodges and we will also skip the blackwater/coastal part. For the second part of the expedition we will move to French Guyana where we will visit the Oyapock and Comté rivers. For this expedition only 3 more spots are open for participants. (Maximum group size is 4)

If you are interested in joining one of these expeditions feel free to contact us via Facebook or by E-mail. At this moment we are still waiting for the final prospects from some of the lodges. When those are in and possible participants have been found we will determine a fixed date for the expedition.

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The Amazon: Below Water

Oliver Lucanus was born in 1970 in Germany. Since moving to Canada in 1986, he has build a carreer around his fascination for nature and the world below water. Oliver Lucanus is known for making fantastic photo's of the underwater habitats of our aquarium fishes. These photographs, combined with interesting stories have now been published in his book: The Amazon Below Water.

This book (30*30*3cm) is a collection of the finest material that he made during expeditions to the rivers, lakes and flooded forests of South America in a period of 18 years. All 300 photographs (of over 200 species of fish, animals and plants) were made during his expeditions to South America. By focussing on the world in the water the reader gets an unique perspective of the different underwater biotopes in the Amazon. For the first time the reader can see scooling fish, predators, feedingspacialists and the more famous inhabitants of the Amazon river in their natural habitat. The Amazon: Below Water is available in English or German

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