41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful photographs but short on information,
By A Customer
This review is from: Aquarium Plants: The Practical Guide (Euro Ed.) (Hardcover)
Pablo Tepoot's book is a very stunning collection of photographs of most of the aquarium plants one is likely to find. The plants are organized alphabetically by genus and species, and the pictures are so clear that it makes it very easy to identify any plant that one might come upon. Unfortunately, there is really very little information on the specific plants. Each plant photo is accompanied by icons which indicate temperature, pH, submerged or aquatic, amount of light, and position in the tank. Also indicated for each plant is its degree of hardiness, which is very useful. However, the temperature and pH icons are the same for every single plant (medium temperature and neutral pH). It would have been much more helpful to indicate the conditions that plants can tolerate. For instance, the egeria can tolerate colder water, which is why it is often a popular plant for goldfish aquaria. Besides, there is no point to using icons when they don't indicate any differences among the various plants. The introduction gives basic information, such as setting up the tank, water chemistry, etc. There is not as much information as there seems to be however, because the text is in four languages. As a tool for identifying plants and as a book that is simply beautiful to look at in its own right, "Aquarium Plants The Practical Guide" is superb. If you want information on caring for plants, and on the requirements of individual plants, you must look elsewhere.