Author: Diana L. Walstad
Publisher: Echinodorus Publishing (1999)
I loved this book! If you are serious about understanding the mechanics of the Ecology of your aquarium, this is the book for you. This book is going to change the way aquariums will be set up and maintained. The reference material contained in this book is a gold mine of information. But I have to mention that this is a serious book, If you need pretty glossy photos, and lots of illustrations, this is NOT the book for you. This book is "A Practical Manual and Scientific Treatise for the Home Aquarist". If you have ever wondered HOW the home aquarium "works" this is the book for you!
Without a doubt this is the book I refer to more than in other in my fishkeeping library. While I currently haven't any plans to setup and maintain one of Ms. Walstad's low maintenance tanks, I find the reference material she provides on topics such as; heavy metal toxicity, allelopathy, and plant nutrition and ecology to be of great value for anyone keeping planted aquaria. If you are looking for a book with more detailed information than is presented in basic fishkeeping books, you'll find this book will fill the bill and more.
This is by far the most useful book I have found on planted aquariums. This is not a picture book, it is a text book, and an invaluable resource...even if you want a high-tech tank instead of a natural aquarium based on a more complete ecosystem.
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