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The Simple Guide to Planted Aquariums Paperback – December 1, 2004
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"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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book has a lot of good information for someone new to live aquarium plants. However, I made the mistake of buying it used. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Britton Family
Strong book for starting a new or failed aquarium. The layman can look at options and plan what tank to where to place focal items etc.Published on February 15, 2014 by Theodore Walker
This book was very informative I enjoyed it very much. I would say it is a must read if you plan on starting a planted aquarium. Read morePublished on August 20, 2013 by Jerrod
This book is a classic and belongs on the bookshelf of anyone who is interested in aquatic plants. This is a very informative book to be kept for reference.Published on March 19, 2013 by Bird