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Mikolji Press Kit



Who is Ivan Mikolji?


“If you are an admirer of the aquatic habitats of South America, you certainly know Ivan Mikolji!


He’s a world-renowned explorer, researcher, audio/visual artist, and author who tirelessly documents the magnificent diversity and wonder of this beautiful region of the world.  His dramatic underwater videos are seen around the world, and his photographs have graced articles in numerous publications.


Ivan Mikolji is also an extremely accomplished artist, whose beautiful interpretations of the aquatic life of Venezuela and South America are sought after by collectors worldwide.”Scott Fellman, Tannin Aquatics




Facts You Might Not Know About Mikolji






FAQs


Who is Ivan Mikolji and where does he come from?


Ivan is a Venezuelan world-renowned explorer, researcher, audio/visual artist, and author who tirelessly documents the magnificent diversity and wonder of this beautiful region of the world.


What is Mikolji’s motivation?


The philosophy that moves his creative will is the urgency to preserve the aquatic ecosystems of the planet, and as a first step he considers it necessary to make known the richness and beauty of these biomes.


What can I find in his latest book, Fishes of the Orinoco in the Wild?


A beautifully made coffee table book with over 150 different species of fish from the Orinoco river in Venezuela. For each fish you will find: Key information about the species, location, fish & plants from the same biotope, size, pH, temperature, and much more.


What is a Wild Aquarium? What is that about?


Mikolji’s ingenious idea of creating an ephemeral aquarium using only the materials found around a body of water has been applauded and emulated throughout the world. Once completed, all materials are promptly returned to nature. This has encouraged people around the world to take their hobby from inside their homes to the outside world, further encouraging ecological interaction. Wild Aquarium is a movement within the fish-keeping hobby which involves visiting an aquatic habitat such as a lake, river or stream and setting up a temporal aquarium in situ with the aim of mimicking the habitats seen on the spot. For the creation of a Wild Aquarium, only materials and animals collected from the specific habitat are used and are usually returned to their original setting once complete.



Wild Aquarium movement


Wild Aquarium is a movement within the fish-keeping hobby which involves visiting an aquatic habitat such as a lake, river or stream and setting up a temporal aquarium in situ with the aim of mimicking the habitats seen on the spot. For the creation of a Wild Aquarium, only materials and animals collected from the specific habitat are used and are usually returned to their original setting once complete.

Legendary river explorer Ivan Mikolji takes you on interesting freshwater journeys to secret locations in tropical jungles recreating the habitats of your tropical fish in an aquarium, using only natural elements found in their habitat. Follow the author and discover the unknown secrets of the world’s natural aquariums… the rivers.


Ivan’s Wild Aquarium video series started the Wild Aquarium movement. Ivan’s ingenious idea of creating an ephemeral aquarium using only the materials found around a body of water has been applauded and emulated throughout the world. Once completed, all materials are promptly returned to nature. This has encouraged people around the world to take their hobby from inside their homes to the outside world, further encouraging ecological interaction.



Book

Fishes of the Orinoco in the Wild


This book will take you on an underwater photographic journey through clear water streams in the Orinoco River basin, featuring over 150 species of freshwater fish. Explore the natural underwater world of Venezuela and Colombia, in the Lost World, the Amazonas inselbergs, and other remote areas in the tropical rainforests of the Guiana Shield.


View the original colors of these species when they are in their natural habitats and get valuable information of their homes, including GPS locations, pH levels, and other species that share their biotopes. Learn what their scientific names mean or stand for, interesting anecdotes,   observations of fish behavior in the wild, and underwater photography tips, such as camera settings and the gear used to take each image.   


You cannot preserve something that you don’t know exists, so delight your eyes with every image and have fun expanding your aquatic knowledge with every page.


The book is a fusion between nature, science, and art.



Praise for the book


Have you ever wondered where all those beautiful tropical freshwater fishes come from or what it’s like where they live in the natural underwater world? Now you can finally find out! Ivan Mikolji has spent a lifetime capturing their wild essence and vibrant colors in natural habitats in Colombia and Venezuela and wants to share them with you. See for yourself in his amazing new book.

Prof. Donald C. Taphorn B.

Dive into the freshwaters of the Orinoco with the author and witness untouched aquatic flora and fauna first hand. The book is a definitive pictorial reference for the characins, cichlids and catfish of the Orinoco, where and how they live, as well as associated aquatic plants and sympatric fish species. Ivan Mikolji’s hundreds of unique underwater observations, first-class photographs and detailed notes unlock the secrets to many of our aquarium species in the wild.

Jeremy Gay – Author and former editor of PFK magazine.

Tropical fish from a different angle, literally. This Mikolji masterpiece is a must have for any Aquarist, Ichthyologist or aquatic hobbyist.

Max Pedley, Professional Aquarist.



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