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Encyclopedia of Aquarium Plants

A comprehensive exploration of aquarium plants, with practical advice on how to grow them to perfection
By Peter Hiscock, Barrons Education Series (2003)

Encyclopedia of Aquarium Plants

Attention all struggling aquarium plant keepers or wannabe plant keepers out there! The Encyclopedia of Aquarium Plants is a book you need to own. This book covers a lot of ground and is broken up into two parts. Part one is the "Practical Section" and part two is the "Plant Profiles".

Part one: the Practical Section in Encyclopedia of Aquarium Plants starts off by getting you up to speed on the natural biology of plants and their importance in nature. There is a really good explanation of photosynthesis and plant anatomy included. The author then goes into water quality and filtration topics. The aquarium nitrogen cycle is talked about along with the various types of aquarium filter options. Water quality terms are introduced and explained such as water hardness, acidity/alkalinity and pH. For those interested in making their water softer or harder, there is a really nice illustration on how to do this.

Choosing the right substrate is discussed next. There are many different types of substrates to choose from and the author does a good job sorting through them all while presenting the pros and cons of each.

Plant selection is presented with tips on selecting different plants for the different areas of your aquarium. You'll get a list of those plants for three main areas of the tank: background planting, mid ground planting and foreground planting. There are many tips in this section on handling and planting potted plants and how to attach plants to bog wood.

Aquarium light for your planted tank will be one of the most important aspects for successfully growing your plants. This book has one of the better explanations of aquarium lighting that we've seen. Everything from how plants use light to choosing the correct lighting to how light is lost in the aquarium. There is also a really good list of plants broken down into "light requirement" categories. Many folks will find this list really useful. You'll learn most everything you would want to know about aquarium light regarding plant keeping in this section.

Many new hobbyists don't realize that you need to feed your aquarium plants. The various forms of feeding your plants are shown. Fish food, nutrient rich substrates, soil based substrates, liquid fertilizers, tablet fertilizers and CO2 fertilization.

Once you have the basics nailed, you'll soon be interested in propagating (multiply or breed) your plants. You get to see some excellent photos with step by step instructions for propagating your plants.

The final sections of part one cover topics such as maintaining your planted aquarium, aquascaping, snail control, algae control and then a list of some different fish species that work well with a planted fish tank.

The second part of the Encyclopedia of Aquarium Plants is all about plant profiles. There are many, many profiles each containing information on growth rates, maximum height, area of the tank to plant in, light requirements, temperature, how to propagate, and a difficulty ranking. There is also a nice color picture of each plant to help in identification.

Encyclopedia of Aquarium Plants is one of the best freshwater aquarium plant books available and you'll get up to speed quickly if you're the least bit interested in keeping plants in your tank. The author does a nice job of educating the reader while not getting too technical. We give Encyclopedia of Aquarium Plants 4.5 stars

Author : Mike FishLore

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Rating Information
Review Title: Encyclopedia of Aquarium Plants
Reviewed by: Mike FishLore
Summary: A comprehensive exploration of aquarium plants, with practical advice on how to grow them to perfection.
Description: Attention all struggling aquarium plant keepers or wannabe plant keepers out there! The Encyclopedia of Aquarium Plants is a book you need to own.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.


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