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A good reference,
This review is from: Ecology of the Planted Aquarium: A Practical Manual and Scientific Treatise for the Home Aquarist (Hardcover)
I admit that I'm an information junkie and over the last 15 years have acquired quite a few aquarium plant books. Yes, this book is rather dry, but its strong point is giving you researched facts that will tell you why your tank may not be balanced and what to do about it. Although I don't agree that using a soil-based substrate is the best approach to an algae-free tank, Ms. Walstad has presented research data in an easy-to-understand format that isn't readily available in other aquarium plant books. If you want to be inspired by photos, get one of the coffee table aquarium picture books; if you want to figure out how to own one of those tanks, I'd recommend this book.