Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Skagit County, Washington State
Yeah, but IMO, all in all Hiscock's book is first rate, especially for a beginner. Tank plans, water chem basics, and lots of info on a nice range of plants. I think in its class, as a book for a beginner/intermediate, its one of the best out there right now. The photography is really good. Its certainly a lot better than his sequel called "Aquarium Designs", which I thought was thrown together pretty fast and seemed like more of the same. I wish I had never bought that one, though there are some interesting ideas in "Aquarium Designs".
Regarding Kasselman, the only thing I don't really like about her academic text is that I have to spend a lot of time translating botanical terms that require looking them up in a dictionary or her glossary. For a schooled botanist, its probably pretty easy reading. It sure is interesting if a bit tedious at times. I do recommend the Oriental book. Its short and to the point and full of submersed photos ( well, I think they are submersed... I'm still a greenhorn here).
Three Tanks...Eheim 2128 & XP3-90G, Eheim 2128-65G, Eheim 2232-25G.... Tek 4x54 watt T5-90G, Aqualight 96watt PC 65G low tech, 65 watt Aqualight-25G.... Hydors-90G & 65G ... Flourite in 90, 65, & 25 Gallons, .... Auto Water Change/Auto dosing on 90 & 65 gallon..... AGA member......