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May 23, 2009
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I'm looking for a good book on Aquarium Plants, I'd like details of the size, light requirement and country of origin of each plant.

I'd also like some aquascape photos for smaller types of aquarium, preferably below 20 gallons.

Does anyone have any suggestions?

May 23, 2009
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I have the Tropica Aquarium Plants book and it is great, gives details of height, speed of growth, light required, origin of plant etc

A great book to have to hand /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

May 26, 2009
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Aquarium plants by Christel Kasselmann is the best one out there in my opinion - got an excellent review by Tropica.

Also the other books at the bottom of this link are excellent (other customers also bought this bit) - i've got them all but please don't tell the missus how much money i've spent on aquarium plant books! <img src="style_emoticons//blush.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":blush:" border="0" alt="blush.gif" />

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Aquari.....-Plants-Ch...n/dp/1575240912

The Peter Hiscock book is very good for beginners in my opinion (don't know why it's only got three stars?).

May 26, 2009
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Yes, I strongly second bluedave on the Hiscock book. I recently bought (through Amazon in Canada) a couple of his books, and though I've got some 15+ years of experience with planted tanks I found a lot of information in the "Encyclopedia of Aquarium Plants" that I either didn't know or hadn't seen expressed in such an excellent manner previously. The "Encyclopedia of Aquarium Plants" should be on every planted tank enthusiast's shelf. The second half presents details and good identifiable photos of a hundred (I think) plant species, and I have never found it so easy to identify the Echinodorus species--and accurate. The questions you ask, Fishwife, are well covered in this book.

Byron Hosking, BMus, MA Vancouver, BC Canada
June 3, 2009
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Thanks for the advice, I've had some dealings with Peter Hiscock on his website and he's a very nice man. Also his Community Creator is superb /thumbs_up.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":thumbsup:" border="0" alt="thumbs_up.gif" />

First thing after my hols I'll get my new book. I would have liked the Takashi Amano Book 2, but it doesn't seem available from anywhere for less than £60

June 4, 2009
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QUOTE (Fishwife @ Jun 3 2009, 11:12 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Thanks for the advice, I've had some dealings with Peter Hiscock on his website and he's a very nice man. Also his Community Creator is superb /thumbs_up.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":thumbsup:" border="0" alt="thumbs_up.gif" />

First thing after my hols I'll get my new book. I would have liked the Takashi Amano Book 2, but it doesn't seem available from anywhere for less than £60

Have you seen inside the Amano book? I don't recall it containing the specific type of information you mentioned in your first post (on plant origins, size, etc), but maybe I'm mistaken. Personally I'm not fond of the designs of that style of aquaria, they are so artificial-looking in my view, but nevertheless I agree with the concepts of a healthy planted tank that he promotes. They are however extremely high-tech tanks. I have never even bothered with CO2 diffusion, and in reading his monthly articles in TFH there is also daily maintainance involved.

The second Hiscock book I bought and like very much is "Aquarium Designs Inspired by Nature" and if you haven't seen it you might want to take a look. Some good ideas on aquascaping specific tanks in this book. The general "Encyclopedia of Aquarium Plants" is about the best for what you've indicated though as I mentioned previously.

Byron.

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June 4, 2009
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Thanks Byron, I did try and get the Tropica catalogue which I believe gives good descriptions of plants, but although I filled in the form and gave my credit card number, I've heard nothing from them. I thought that that would do along with the Amano book, but as I can't get either. I think I'll stick with the Hiscock books.

I've got some ideas in my head what I'd like to do, I just want to know how to do it. I read most of the article in the TFH but it got too technical for me so I gave up. I also have difficulty concentrating on reading too much on the screen (it's an age thing) that's why I want some nice books. I don't want to be attending plants on a daily basis either as my husband complains enough at the time I spend with my fish. /rolleyes.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":rolleyes:" border="0" alt="rolleyes.gif" />

Anne

June 5, 2009
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QUOTE (Fishwife @ Jun 4 2009, 11:42 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Thanks Byron, I did try and get the Tropica catalogue which I believe gives good descriptions of plants, but although I filled in the form and gave my credit card number, I've heard nothing from them. I thought that that would do along with the Amano book, but as I can't get either. I think I'll stick with the Hiscock books.

I've got some ideas in my head what I'd like to do, I just want to know how to do it. I read most of the article in the TFH but it got too technical for me so I gave up. I also have difficulty concentrating on reading too much on the screen (it's an age thing) that's why I want some nice books. I don't want to be attending plants on a daily basis either as my husband complains enough at the time I spend with my fish. /rolleyes.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":rolleyes:" border="0" alt="rolleyes.gif" />

Anne

On the "design" side, books and such give good info and many ideas. As for how to do it (sort of "how do I setup a live planted tank") there are varying methods depending upon what you want in the end. As I mentioned before, the Amano tanks are spectacular but the "style" is not to everyone's liking, and I have always taken a much less technical approach as it is less costly and less maintenance. I've got photos of my two present aquaria on here which I think shows what can be done with minimal light (1 watt of full spectrum per gallon), no CO2, regular aquarium gravel substrate (no additives) and twice weekly liquid fertilizer. The rooted plants (swords, crypts) stay as they are, and the floating fern in the 70g and the Brazilian Pennywort in the 90g require thinning out/trimming usually with the weekly water change. Not much fuss, certainly no expense beyond the plants and liquid fert, but in my view a more "natural" appearance. Main thing is to have fun and enjoy the result which is very rewarding.

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June 5, 2009
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On the design side another good book is Christel Kasselmann's 'How to set up a planted aquarium'. As said before the Hiscock books are excellent in my opinion.

Amano's books are good for inspiration, I find.

August 20, 2009
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How's it going Anne? Did you get any books, would love to see some pics of your set up (did you sort out the seiryu stone in the end?).

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