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Aquascaping: Aquarium Landscaping Like a Pro: Aquarist's Guide to Planted Tank Aesthetics and Design [Kindle Edition]

Moe Martin
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Aquascaping is a fascinating hobby that has evolved over centuries. The idea of making an environment that supports life and is aesthetically appealing is an exciting quest for many people. Technology has evolved to support more species, in cleaner and longer lasting environments.

This book will give you the facts to start your own aquarium and learn aquascaping freshwater and salt water tanks, from styles and design to set up with planting, lighting, substrate, coral, and ornaments, including live rock. You will also gain the knowledge of the nitrogen cycle and water testing for aquarium maintenance.

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About the Author

Moe Martin is a photographer who is also interested in many animals - including aquarium-dwellers. He decided to marry his two interests when he discovered Aquascaping. This idea of art and animal life intertwined has had him hooked on the aesthetic nature of the hobby. Moe is also the lover of all animals, and has more than he can count of the 4-legged variety, all the way down to fish. He lives on a small acreage with his two children and hopes they carry on educating others on the fascinating animals discovered along the way.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1044 KB
  • Print Length: 134 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1927870003
  • Publisher: Ubiquitous Publishing; 1 edition (July 29, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #274,980 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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It's not a very long book and so, even though it has some useful information, it's all pretty basic and you won't really learn a lot of new stuff. Plus, I felt like more than half the info in this book was about corals. For some reason the author decided to treat everything else very superficially and dwell deep into the different corals and how to take care of them. If I really wanted to learn more about aquascaping I would definitely be looking elsewhere.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing information October 28, 2013
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This is easily the best aquarium related book that I have came across so far through Kindle. I consider myself a beginner but I just upgraded to a much larger tank and I spent a few hours searching around and gathering resources to to make my next tank as efficient and beautiful as possible; I read two other books before reading this but I must say that this is better than the two of them combined for several reasons.

What I admire most about this book is the clear, concise writing style that expresses the content eloquently and in a way that makes even the most complex concepts easy to understand for newbies like myself. I truly feel much more competent after reading this and I can really tell that the author has a lot of passion about the topic and he's very knowledgeable about his craft. I highly doubt there's a more comprehensive and sophisticated book out there about aquascaping than this and for this reason alone I can't give this book any less than 5 stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Ok Intoduction December 25, 2013
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This is a decent book about setting up a new tank for a beginner and it quickly covers a lot of ground in very general terms. Only about 10% of the book actually discusses aquascaping and everything that the author does cover you can find online for free. In fact, there are many, many more interesting and detailed discussions of aquascaping in online magazines and forums. I would skip this Kindle book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceedingly helpful August 15, 2013
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If you're like me whose idea of designing and maintaining a fish tank can be summed up as: "buy a tank, fill it with water, toss in some oxygen pump, shovel in some pebble and sand, one or two corals, add the fish", then Moe Martin's `Aquascaping' will also be a delightful eye-opener for you.

Exceptionally comprehensive, `Aquascaping' is probably the most complete discussion of everything you need to know about designing an aquarium and making it livable and a breeze to maintain.

Aquascaping, stripped down to its basic meaning, is about the `art' of arranging the elements of an aquarium--the rocks, corals, stones, wood, and other decors--and forming a pleasing-to-the-eye whole. The exciting thing about it is the design--you can be full-on creative, especially if you have a huge tank with lots of space to play around. But the size itself can also work against you--the empty space might cause you to panic and basically shove everything until the tank starts resembling Manila bay after a storm.

But then again, the matter of design ultimately comes secondary only to the issue of balance--no matter how pretty your aquarium is, if it's not livable for the species fish species you intend to keep in it, the whole thing would be an exercise in futility. After all, you're trying to simulate a natural ecosystem inside your aquarium, and it's a more delicate issue than you could imagine. That's why `Aquascaping' is such a handy life-saver (for you and for the hapless fish you got)--it teaches about the many design patterns you can emulate (and veer away from), but it also painstakingly and meticulously discusses every single factor in keeping your aquarium truly `alive'.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Aquascaping October 30, 2013
By Kerah13
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I am new to aquascaping, but not new to keeping fish, both saltwater and freshwater. I was actually a bit surprised by some of the other reviews, because the author states in his forward this this was an introduction to aquascaping. It's such a complex topic that you would need several books and some years of experience to fully appreciate this hobby. Also, since it is a hobby, there is so much room for improvement.

The first part of the book gives a brief history of aquascaping, and then Martin outlines different types of freshwater and saltwater set-ups with pictures. There was a bigger focus on saltwater, but I would imagine that was because of the huge variety of corals and that saltwater tanks are more difficult to maintain than freshwater, at least in my opinion.

After the descriptions, Martin talks about how to begin aquascaping, such as choosing a focal point, plants, lighting, and so on. He also talks about setting up that little environment that is your tank- you can't have a thriving tank or aquascape without a healthy environment (choosing substrate, filtration, balancing nitrites/nitrates) within the tank and that takes some time.

Overall I thought this was a very good book at a very good price. I read it over the course of an evening. What can I say, I enjoy this sort of thing and I couldn't put it down!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Very poor on aquascaping info July 16, 2014
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This book is focused on showing how to Set Up an aquarium rather than "Landsaping Like a Pro". It has only a few pages on Landscaping and then jumps into other subjects. It only covers basic principles on Landscaping like focal point and the rule of thirds. You can learn more about Aquascaping by watching a few videos on you tube than with what it is explained in this book.

If what you want to learn is the basic steps on how to set up and aquarium, then this book could be of use for you.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Not impressed
The author seems to have more knowledge and interest in reef aquariums than in freshwater aquariums. Read more
Published 5 days ago by deeble mae
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good informational book with some basic tips.
Published 9 days ago by batman414
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 9 days ago by jack alastra
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Too brief to be helpful or inspiring.
Published 1 month ago by Ø. Holen
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointingly thin
Pretty basic, perhaps too much so. If you already know that plants need light and nutrients and you know the difference between incandescent and LED lights, you don't need this... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Roger J. Lederer
3.0 out of 5 stars Great price for general information
Mostly just general information. I was hoping that it would show you how to layout certain styles like Dutch rather than just explaining what makes it such. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Matthew Buchwalter
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a lot of detail
This book lacks detail. It doesn't cover adding co2 to your aquarium. Little information on the upkeep of a planted aquarium.
Published 4 months ago by Marty
3.0 out of 5 stars basic review, heavy on corals
This was an okay review of the subject. I was hoping for more depth, I've learned more from some planted aquarium blogs. Read more
Published 5 months ago by islandgrown
1.0 out of 5 stars no direction in this book , then the jump too saltwater
Please pass on this book the reviews are misleading and it's very poorly organized , not happy with this purchase at all
Published 5 months ago by irene
2.0 out of 5 stars Too less information
It is for aquarium newbie.
Not for pro.
Maybe you can like a pro moments.
And no pretty pictures.
It is a black words book.
Published 6 months ago by Smith
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