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A Good Secondary Reference Book,
This review is from: Ecology of the Planted Aquarium: A Practical Manual and Scientific Treatise for the Home Aquarist (Hardcover)
Ecology of the Planted Aquarium is a good secondary reference for those who wish to set up and properly maintain a freshwater aquarium at the expert level. There are many reference books that describe plant requirements in an aquarium, for growth and water purity. This book switches the focus from plant requirements to the aquarium as an ecosystem.
The Introduction, chapter 1, does not introduce the topic but lists chapter subjects. An introduction to freshwater plants and ecosystems for the home aquarist would have provided a better link to the rest of the book. Chapter topics include plants as water purifiers, allelopathy, bacteria, carbon, substrate, plant nutrition and ecology, algal control and setting up and maintaining an aquarium. All topics are referenced to research papers from the scientific literature that most aquarists would not have easy access to. Oddly, there are also "typical or actual" questions and answers interspersed within each chapter. The!se are somewhat out of place but do provide good practical information.
There are many technical terms dealing with bacteria, nutrients, chemicals, etc that could be difficult for novices to understand and absorb. The information goes beyond what most hobbyists may want. This is a recommended book