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The Simple Guide to Planted Aquariums Paperback – December 1, 2004

3.8 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews

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About the Author

Authors Terry Anne Barber and Rhonda Wilson have been keeping aquariums, planted and otherwise, for decades. Both authors are very active on the Internet and in several clubs and societies, where they hone their plantkeeping and propagating skills. Terry lives with her family in Georgia, and Rhonda with hers in Colorado.
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Product Details

  • Series: Simple Guide to...
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: TFH Publications (December 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0793821177
  • ISBN-13: 978-0793821174
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 8.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,742,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
I never write Amazon reviews, but I was so disappointed in this book I felt I had to. It's too confusing to introduce beginners to the hobby, but not informative enough to be useful for anyone already familiar with planted tanks.

"The Simple Guide to Freshwater Aquariums," by David Boruchowitz (and also published by TFH), is one of the best introductory aquarium texts out there -- all beginners should have a copy. I expected this guide to be just as good. It's not. Like the Boruchowitz book, there's a problem with the illustrations -- for the most part the plant and fish photos serve as decoration, and aren't instructive. But how could TFH publish an entire chapter of plant descriptions without a simple gallery of plant photos to go with the text? There are only so many ways you can describe a stem plant before they all start to sound the same.

This book is clearly a victim of budget cuts (almost all the photos are recycled from the Boruchowitz book, and a few even show up twice), and with a little more effort could have turned into something really worthwhile. An extra chapter with sample stocking schemes (with setups for tanks of different sizes, care/tech levels, and geographical regions) should have been included, too.
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Format: Paperback
I've kept planted aquariums for a number of years, but was intrigued by this book because one of the co-authors is a well-known advocate of low-tech planted tanks.

The format of this book is VERY nice. The writing is friendly and inviting, and there are lots of pretty full color photos. Personally, I didn't learn a whole lot of new information, but it was a pleasant read nonetheless. I would certainly recommend it to someone just entering the hobby, or someone looking for an overview on planted tanks, especially if they're seeking some guidance on what type of planted tank is the best fit for them - high tech, low tech, biotope, etc. All around, a very good presentation, and an excellent invitation to exploring planted aquariums!
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Format: Paperback
This is a terrifice resource for beginners. I have been reading everything and anything I can get my hands to set up my first planted aquarium. When I found this book I'd been reading and searching for a couple of months. This book reflects much of the information I had been able to gather over those months of research.

When starting out on a new path, it is always nice to have a simple guide to show the way. This book has the basics and explanations for the hows and whys. It is easy to read and understand, gives excellend explanations and encourages the complete novice to attempt this hobby.

Armed with this information, I will be setting up my tank shortly. I recommend this book to anyone who is considering setting up a planted tank.
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Format: Paperback
This easy to read and understand book should be in every aquarist's library. It has easy to understand Eco-system descriptions, just as the name of the book implies. An excellent chapter that gives the names, descriptions and best use, of a wide variety of aquarium plants. We'll look forward to the authors' next book!
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This I felt was a great introductory to planted aquariums. I would definitely recommend it for beginners as it explains not just how to set up and aquarium and what you might want/need but why.

The only thing I wish was different was having a picture next to any particular fish or plant that is mentioned in the book. It happened several times where plants or fish were mentioned and there was no picture in the margin and I felt like I had to look everything up online. I certainly dont expect every plant or fish to be listed in the book but certainly the ones that are specifically talked about. It probably it a little dated in the lighting section as it doesn't mention LED's which is where aquarium lighting is heading but that can also be augmented online.

All in all a good resource.
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I'm a bit surprised by the harshness of some of these reviews. I found this book quite useful, especially compared to the "Dummies Guide to Freshwater Aquariums," which is deplorable and more expensive than this one in the Kindle versions.

I thought it was well written and easy to understand. I was pleasantly surprised that this book went well beyond plants and also delved into fish. One section I found useful was on CO2 systems. It's a bit complicated to the novice but I got form the content what I needed (I'll be moving to a CO2 system when budget allows).

As one reviewer noted, the images are lacking.

I also don't understand how the table of contents managed to find itself at the back of the book instead of the front...

Still, I thought this was a worthwhile read and the price not too bad.
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While not as thoroughly written and covering as many topics as my favourite plant book of all time, "The Encyclopedia of Aquarium Plants" by Peter Hiscock, It's still a good read with a nice, personal, conversational style that makes it enjoyable. There's a lot of personal experience feedback from the author as well, which I rather enjoyed.
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A lot more basic then I thought it would be. I pretty much new everything in the book. If you're a beginner to intermediate aquarium hobbyist this would be a decent book, but if you're an accomplished or experienced hobbyist then find something else.
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