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Nature Aquarium World: How You Can Make A Most Beautiful Aquarium Hardcover – May 1, 1994


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  • Series: Nature Aquarium World (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: TFH Publications (May 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0793800897
  • ISBN-13: 978-0793800896
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #726,736 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is a fantastic coffee table book.
Lisa Steel
Also, Mr. Amano shares personal insights into our natural world as seen through the microcosm of the aquarium.
cgs
It has wonderful photos and incredible stories.
Dra Manuela Meneses

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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Chris Reardon on June 22, 2001
Format: Hardcover
If you are looking to be absolutely blown away by the exquisite beauty of lush aquatic plants and delicate fish composed in a harmonious aquatic "painting," here you go. the shear lovliness and mastery of Amano's aquascapes could inspire anyone to become interested in the care and arrangement of aquatic plants. Some of the English translations are a bit awkward, but the point is the fabulous images. Get this book for the purpose of inspiration, but don't expect it to go into advanced detail about the processes involved in creating an Amano-level aquascape - at least not without a CO2 system (which Amano's 'scapes seem, unfortunately, to depend on). Also, don't expect to be able to run out to your local pet shop and order up a batch of many of the plants Amano uses. In spite of how the above sounds, I've read the other reviews so I was forewarned, and my overall opinion is that this is a must-own, beautiful book. NOTE: If you want to look at examples aquariums that would fit in the avarage household, or if you're not an owner of a 200 gallon tank, I would recommend Nature Aquarium World II - it deals strictly with small tanks. The printing processes and page layouts are not as spectacular as Book I, but you may find the examples more practical.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 14, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This is the first of a unique and wonderful trilogy showing Takashi Amano's fantastic creations. His aquariums are underwater representations of how he sees given niches of the natural world. These books are to be viewed as visual poetry, useful primarily for appreciation and inspiration. They are not meant to be used as references and sources of information for the aquarist, especially for the beginner.
This first book contains photos of dozens of tanks ranging from very small to very large, and for each tank there is a listing of data which characterizes it: Photographing date, tank dimensions, water content, lighting, filtering, substrate, CO2 supply, fertilization, water change, and the levels of temperature, pH, GH, KH, Nitrite, Nitrate, CO2 and O2. In this book there is hardly any info on the fish and plants portayed in each tank.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "k8books" on July 30, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Besieged by ugliness in the aquariums that you've seen? Grown tired of the neon plants and gravel in every color of the rainbow-type typical petstore displays? This book is the answer.
Breathtaking photos and exacting descriptions (of both the photography techniques and the plants, stones, substrates, etc. used to create the scenes are included. I would've given it the full 5 stars, but..like most amazing 'how-to' books, these scenes are more of a nirvana that aqariums could wish to attain instead of practical set-ups for Joe everyman. However, even the lush (and very expensive) plant materials and displays can serve as inspiration for current or potential aquarium owners to harmonize their little underwater worlds with nature...instead of masking it over with horrid fluorescent colors.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 24, 1999
Format: Hardcover
The high quality photography and stylish layout of the book will inspire any would-be aquarist. However, this is not an encyclopedia. So if you are looking for detailed information on specific plant species and aquarium setups, look elsewhere.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Steve Attack on January 24, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Takashi Amano is a highly revered aquarist whose planted tanks have won him recognition and awards the world over. He is also an accomplished photographer and understands what it takes to capture a great tank photo. Is it any wonder that this book is a hit amongst those aspiring to a more beautiful planted fish tank? On top of being an inspiring book (and a great coffee table book), Mr Amano teaches you the fundementals of tank design with some great insight into balance and colour harmony.
While this book is very inspiring, it is not a comprehensive planted aquarium book. You would do well to purchase this book alongside a general "how to" book on planted Aquaria.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Steel on January 18, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book is a fantastic coffee table book. If you are looking for aquascaping inspiration BUY THIS BOOK!!. However if you are looking for instruction on how to aquascape it does not give you this. The only gripe is that Takashi Amano hasen't named any of the wonderful flora or fauna used. In my opinion it is the best book out of the three 'Nature Aquarium World' series although his other two go into more detail. Buy it and you won't be able to put it down. Beautifully enchanting, a true work of art.
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Format: Hardcover
All of Amano books are extremely beautiful and inspiring. They provide fodder for designing amazing planted aquariums. He uses an approach similar to Japanese gardening and arrangement. He incorporates both traditional modes and natural landscape.
However, I only gave it four stars because Anamo's description of his technical skills and planning is very limited. His explanations require some basic aquarium knowledge like nitrogen cycles, plant and animal compatibility, and basic water chemistry.
This is perfect for an intermediate aquarium hobbyist. It also works as a great coffee table book.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 6, 1998
Format: Hardcover
For years I have bought books to try and increase my minimal knowledge of aquarium plants. The book did not have all the information I hoped but the designs are so striking that anyone who reads the book, tank lover or not will be moved by the beauty created within.A keeper.
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