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Ecology of the Planted Aquarium: A Practical Manual and Scientific Treatise for the Home Aquarist, Second Edition Hardcover – June, 2003
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Your new book is outstanding in every respect. In my opinion, this is a definitive, practical guide for the aquarist who wants to set up a beautiful planted aquarium. Beyond the basics, it is an in-depth exploration of the aquatic ecosystem and how if affects plants. --Don Dewey, former editor of 'Freshwater and Marine Aquarium'
Based on science but engagingly written... The best part is that, in the practical setup section, the author tells exactly what to do, in simple terms, in lists of instructions that one can read and understand. Hooray! --'Aquaphyte' (University of Florida) --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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Walstad maintains that thriving planted freshwater tanks can be created WITHOUT CO2 injectors, fertilizers, zillion-watt lighting fixtures, or many other high-tech gadgets. This book contains nothing but details on how she does so, from cover to cover.
If you've ever tried adding something (Iron, Light, whatever) and gotten an unanticipated result, you will probably find the answer here. She has lots of information about how plants impact every aspect or aquarium water chemistry.
This is a MUST HAVE book for plant enthusiasts.
The author, formerly the Technical Advisor to the Aquatic Gardeners Association, proposes a "low-technology" approach to maintaining a planted aquarium, eschewing the exotic materials and gadgets favored by the German and Japanese schools of aquarium design.
I believe Jaques Cousteau had some warning for us 30, 40 years ago related to this concept, but that's another story.
Many books on tropical fish and planted aquaria are little more than a concatenations of captioned postcards -- attractive color photographs with sparse, slightly informative text. Generally they follow the current trends or parrot the conventional wisdom, which has often proven to be wrong or misguided. But _Ecology of the Planted Aquarium_ is a refreshing change from the glut of "postcard" books available on aquaria. If you want pictures, this is not your book -- but there is no shortage of those to choose from.
Rather than merely repeat the conventional wisdom or trumpet a new and contrary view, this author has diligently researched what happens in a planted aquarium AND explored hypotheses to explain the results. It set a new standard for books on the subject by replacing anecdotal arguments, didacticism, marketing promises, and myth with science. Many aquatic gardening experts consider this now a standard text to read (and have for reference) if you want to keep planted aquaria.
Extensive references are included so that sources, scientific studies, etc. can be traced back for further research. This book reveals in a well-organized manner the complex chemical relationships in a typical hobbyist planted aquarium. As such, it can serve as a primer and key reference work for hobbyists. Hopefully, it will also stimulate discussion and serve as stalking horse for further research into this complex subject. Although necessarily technical, it is not unduly so nor does it demand of the reader any specialized education.Read more ›
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Great book for people who like science and keep fish in aquariums. A must read for anyone who appreciates the concept of low tech freshwater aquariums.Published 12 days ago by kirdan9
There is a lot of information in this book. At first if you are new to the planted tank, everything might seem like a foreign language, but as you go along and learn along the way... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Christina
If you want a quick and safe way to achieve success in installing a freshwater low-tech aquarium, you must read this book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mario
Would love to have seen colored pictures. Sometimes picture push understanding. However, the conncepts, is awesomePublished 1 month ago by MSP77
Provide information I'd didn't know and explained that which I did. Highly recommended to any wanting to setup a planted tank or like in my case to use plants in place of... Read morePublished 2 months ago by GARRIGA
This book is very help for understanding the underlying processes of a dirted tank. The tips it gives for setting up a properly dirted tank are very helpful. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Robert Sheppard
This book provides excellent technical knowledge of the art of low maintenance planted aquariums.
If you're looking to do it perfectly the first time and are willing to... Read more
This Book is great but it's dives deeply into the ecology and biology of the Aquarium ecosystem. It does give you a better understanding of what goes on inside your Aquarium. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ivan