One of the most common cichlids in the aquarium hobby!

Astronotus ocellatus, a very common fresh water fish specie in Tiete river, besides not being native from the area.
Introduced with the Peacock bass, the population has prospered. Besides the sport fishing and collecting for aquarism, it can be easily spotted.
Here you can see the amazing colours of this Cichlid, spotting a Hyphessobrycon sp, or ” Mato grosso”. They live in the Elodeas sp forests, close to the 3 irmãos dawn.
Rio Tietê is one of the most polluted rivers from#Brazil. Crossing the city of São Paulo, where is totally dead, it follows for more than 800km, to join rio Paraná. The river in this área is very clean, with very high water quality, besides all the damages by planting, farming and industry.

Introduced with the Peacock bass, the population has prospered. Besides the sport fishing and collecting for aquarism, it can be easily spotted.
Here you can see the amazing colours of this Cichlid, spotting a Hyphessobrycon sp, or ” Mato grosso”. They live in the Elodeas sp forests, close to the 3 irmãos dawn.
Rio Tietê is one of the most polluted rivers from#Brazil. Crossing the city of São Paulo, where is totally dead, it follows for more than 800km, to join rio Paraná. The river in this área is very clean, with very high water quality, besides all the damages by planting, farming and industry.

O apaiari uma espécie de peixe muito comum no rio Tiête, apesar de não ser nativo.
Introduzido com o baixo Tucunaré, a população tem prosperado. Apesar da  pesca esportiva e do aquarismo, ele pode ser facilmente avistado. Eles vivem nas florestas de Elódeas, e esse foi fotografado perto da #hidroelétrica de Três Irmãos,.
Rio Tietê é um dos rios mais poluídos do Brasil. Atravessando a cidade de São Paulo, onde está totalmente morto, segue-se por mais de 800 km, até  o rio Paraná. O rio nesta área é muito limpo, com muito elevado de qualidade da água, além de todos os danos por plantio, cultivo e na indústria.


Atlantic Forest

A small txt from my article at National Geographic Brazil.

Today there are in #Brazil approximately 8% of the original vegetation of the Atlantic Forest. Once subjected to impact, vegetation cover never returns to its natural state. Removed the big trees, the sun hits the ground with more intensity, the light enables the development of other plants, they would not have chance in the shadows, thereby changing the vegetation characteristics. The dried wet substrate, killing # animals, fungi and bacteria responsible for degrading organic matter and nutrients interrupting the cycle. Carefully money and labor can restore a healthy vegetation, but never the same.

#forest #wildlife #nationalgeographic #wildlife#photography #snake


Portraiting the tropical forest fishes

A nice portrait of this characid,  Hollandichthys sp. They live on the dark areas, hidden from the currents. Being very curious and territorialist, you can get some nice portraits!
Shoot at quilombo river, Brazil.

Um retrato do Hollandichthys sp, um caracideo dos riachos de floresta Atlantica. Eles vivem nas partes mais escuras dos riachos, escondidos das correntes. São muito curiosos e territorialistas e voce dão boas chances de retratos!
Fotografado no Rio Quilobo, Brazil.

‪#atlanticforest‬ ‪#ecology #digitalphotography ‬ ‪#‎underwater‬ ‪#‎freshwater‬ ‪#‎underwaterphotography‬ ‪#‎walkinglessa‬ #wildlife #wildlifephotographer#uwphoto #wetpixel


Getting to know the Parque Estadual do Cunhambebê, in Rio de Janeiro.


The day the photographer ‘s Day is very uncertain . Sometimes they appear stolen , uncertain agendas … but eventually the luck knocks on our door . The agenda of dreams !

Were 5 days of diving in streams 

. A lot of current, rocks and water in between 15C 20C

 These are waters of Cleaner of Rj State and incredibly are used to dilute the low water quality OTHER areas. The area produces the Corresponding to 12 % of drinking water OF cariocas. 


 I avoided Peeing on the river .. =D

I’ve  waited for more than 6 months to be able to participate in this expedition in the drainages of the Paraiba River , near Lidice RJ ; approximately 30km from Angra dos Reis. Details agreed , bags ( Everest style ) and plays to the airport. After 2 hours drive to the city of Lidice .



The park has recently been established and is based in Mangaratiba (!? ) . Apart from that , the park is restricted to legal boards and delimitations . An exploration invitation. -> For climbers , has LOTS of virgin wall.



The great friend and ichthyologist Paulo Petry was with me , giving tips and having the patience of God , it was hard to get me out of the water.


Also participated in the expedition of a group of Rio de Janeiro National Museum. I documented some collections and learned a lot from these people .

I end the week almost forgetting my old ” Lambaris ” and  ” Tuviras ” (popular names) in order to take on Astyanax e Gymnodontidae..


We drove in 4 cars ( 4x4) and circled by various collection points. This team works in the area, having already published a fish identification guide of the area.



Thank the patience of my friend Paulo, on helping me with the fish in the aquariums . A lot of beer and patience to let the  fish retained … or making the catfish look beautiful.



Diving in the Brazilian Savannah!

Since serra do Cipó, in 2014, I’ve been looking foward the next dive in the Brazilian Savannah, or cerrado.


When looking for another trip, to make pictures to our image bank, the savannah was in our scope. 

Me & my partner, Lua Costa ( http://luacosta.com.br/  were convinced by the amazing pictures online  and a nice deal with an Hostel ( http://www.hostelcatavento.com.br -    5 stars in tripadvisor! )  plus the cheap tickets, after carnaval ;)

 On the 7th/feb. we arrived for a 12 days  of shooting in the Savannah. Waterfall, landscapes, animals, diving..


Besides the hicking, I was always looking for  another “bog”  or any area with more than 30cm of water, as people thought. And some nightshoots! =D

 Enjoy ;)

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