In preparation for delving into aquascaping I have been doing online research and I have also read Sunken Gardens (borrowed from local library, re-read some sections of interest / importance as well). I know there is also a Planted Tank Guide for sale here. My question is if anyone has a preferred resource for general knowledge that can be kept at hand for quick reference?
I'm considering buying Sunken Gardens, but there are certain areas that for me do not provide enough information to serve as a serious reference. Would the Planted Tank Guide be better in this regard? Or an alternative resource?
I felt the same about Sunken Gardens.
I have this book on my shelf; but, after an initial reading, its not a book I often turn to for reference.
If you are looking for an "at your finger-tips" reference guide for plant descriptions, care, parameters, etc... that would be found in Aquarium Plants
by Christel Kasselmann. While, of course, not technically a reference for aquascaping, the comprehensive plant descriptions and photos are one of the fundamental components that make up an aquascape.
For design, I would recommend any of Takashi Amano's books for inspirational effect.
For the "brass tacks" of aquarium design I would look at aquarium journals on this forum and "save" pages that you anticipate will want to return to. I have yet to find any printed texts that are as complete as what could be found on this forum. If someone has suggestions, that would be great.
I haven't looked at the Planted Tank Guide for sale here. Maybe others can comment on this.