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Old 01-28-2013, 04:33 AM   #16
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FINALLY!! someone suggests reading a book about limnology! i usually dont bring that one up since most people arent willing to spend the money to read something that advanced.
i must say though, i have to agree with old wetzel when he said you cant really have a good understanding a sub-discipline without having a good understanding of how the whole big picture works(paraphrased of course).

i would also like to add hutchinsons treatise on limnology. it is a bit dated, but much of the information is still quite relevant.

these are pretty advanced.. but if you can get through them, and apply what they teach, you will be able to find ways to do incredible things.
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Old 01-28-2013, 12:54 PM   #17
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Well if most people start off with Ecology of a Planted Aquarium then they should see Limnology referenced everywhere and get the hint.
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Old 01-28-2013, 09:40 PM   #18
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i just bought walstads book and its great, dont understand it all yet but theres always wikipedia. I also have a book called dwarf cichlids because i keep, yip, dwarf cichlids. The books to me are far more useful than browsing forums in certain respects. eg the dwarf cichlid book has information on where they actually collected the fish. Now if i were to ask what conditions to keep one type of fish in, there would be a hundred different answers, but if you try to recreate the conditions of where they were collected you can't go wrong. sometimes forums excel for first hand info on breeding/feeding etc but having the books is a must if you want to keep a level head.
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Old 01-29-2013, 06:19 AM   #19
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I love me a good book!
Sometimes I get sick of the internet, staring at a monitor and trying to filter BS and opinions. It's nice to grab a book and loaf around on the couch and soak up some inspiration.

Encyclopedia of Aquarium Plants by Peter Hiscock is pretty solid.
The Simple Guide to Planted Aquariums by Terry Anne Barber & Rhonda Wilson is more basic but ok.
The Takashi Amano Nature aquarium books are phenomenal to look at and page through, definitely some serious eye candy and inspiration.
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