I found out our library has this on it's shelves..
Your Home Aquarium: Dr. Jorg Vierke
It's a bit of an annotated, more Americanized version of his 1986 book Vierke's Aquarium Book.
( This also was the book I kept thinking was called "The Natural Aquarium". Which I believe was written by an author from Japan that was in the same field as Amano's early planted show tank experiments.)
Vierke's Aquarium Book was really prophetic about the upcoming planted aquarium hobby. Although in Europe and other countries, naturalist care of aquarium fishes and heavily planted tanks had already been in practice for some time. Jorg also covers planted nano tanks and alternate lighting solutions to fluorescent and incandescent lighting that were common at the time. He also provided ideas for setting up Biotypical tanks with fish and plants from the same country if not continent, and some were from a specific region/river.
Like some of the books of their time his stocking suggestions are a bit on the crowded side, but he covers the maintenance end by thoroughly recommending water changes if not weekly at least twice every month.
I credit this book for it's bringing me more seriously into fish and planted tank keeping. His style in the translation is easily understandable, cordial, witty and human.
Dr. Vierke is a naturalist first and foremost, and shares his love of bringing into your home, a small part the Amazon or SE Asian blackwater streams our prized fish live in and replicating it effectively by sharing what the environment of the fish are like, how to best replicate it.
He's also one of the first to talk about including the high CEC dust from natural gravels as an underlayer to the top layers of gravel, this recommended plant gravel grain size he recommends is pretty spot on.
I also really enjoy reading his magazine articles on Dwarf Ciclids from the time.
Any aquarium books you consider to be timeless, well written, or very good reads?