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Aquascaping: Aquarium Landscaping Like a Pro: Aquarist's Guide to Planted Tank Aesthetics and Design Kindle Edition
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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!
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'.
Overall, for the enthusiast, `Aquascaping' is utterly indispensable--you should not even buy your first fish tank and all the related accessories without buying this book first. Order it before heading out to the pet store and begin choosing a tank--it will save you from wasting a lot of money and ending up with a tank full of dead fish. Highly recommended!
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