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What is the best book for a newbie for a planted aquarium?

I'm a long time reef aquarium / SW aquarium hobbyist (25 years), but haven't had a freshwater tank in decades. Is there one or two books on this subject that are highly regarded when setting up a planted aquarium?
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Even better than a book, start reading Rex's site. If you must have a book just print it out and staple it together.
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I second that advice. The only water plant experience I'd ever had until two or three months ago was with ponds. Now I have a thriving low-tech planted tank with red cherry shrimp in it (and they're breeding like rabbits). And I hardly asked any questions here ~ just read Rex's guide AND many, many, many threads on this forum. THAT will teach you a lot ~ just pick a forum and start reading (this forum is a good one to start with ~ first read the "glossary" sticky on the top of the first page). I guarantee that 99% of the questions you have has been answered here and/or in Rex's guide.

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Thrice to Rex's site. (I believe that this is the first time that I've used the word thrice. )

The U.S. Dept. of Aqriculture has released a new edition of Aquarium and Pond Plants of the World.
http://www.lucidcentral.org/keys/aquariumplants2/ or
http://www.lucidcentral.org/keys/aqu...ther/Home.html



Here's a list of books:

Aquarium Plant Books

All these books are very good. I have all of these except the one by Pabloo Teapoot plus many more. You can usually find most of these books cheaper at Big Al's, but it will pay to shop around at different places:
Big Al's - http://www.bigalsonline.com/BigAlsUS...wType=Category
FishBookStore.com has a large selection too. http://fishbookstore.com/
Amazon http://amazon.com/


Aquarium Plants (Hardcover) by Christel Kasselmann (Author), Ulf Kotlenga (Translator)
http://www.amazon.com/Aquarium-Plant...6315280&sr=1-2

Ecology of the Planted Aquarium: A Practical Manual and Scientific Treatise for the Home Aquarist (Hardcover) by Diana L. Walstad (Author)
http://www.amazon.com/Ecology-Plante.../dp/0967377307

Tropica Aquarium Plants Catalogue, Expanded Second Edition (Spiral-bound) by Holger Windelov (Author)
http://www.amazon.com/Aquarium-Plant...315984&sr=1-26

Aquarium Plants: The Practical Guide (Hardcover)
by Pabloo Tepoot (Author), Ian Tepoot (Editor), Judy Leiby (Illustrator)
http://www.amazon.com/Aquarium-Plant...6315280&sr=1-8

Planted Aquariums: Creation and Maintenance (Hardcover)
by Christel Kasselmann (Author)
http://www.amazon.com/Planted-Aquari...6679817&sr=1-5

Encyclopedia of Aquarium Plants (Hardcover) by Peter Hiscock (Author)
http://www.amazon.com/Encyclopedia-A...6315280&sr=1-1

Aquarium Plant Paradise (Hardcover) by Takashi Amano (Author)
This is a very good book that has a lot of "how to" info.
http://www.amazon.com/Aquarium-Plant...315280&sr=1-12

Nature Aquarium World Volume 1 (Natural Aquarium World) (Hardcover) by Takashi Amano
{Strangely, this one isn't listed on the USA site. It's on the UK site though.}
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Nature-Aquar.../dp/0793800897

Nature Aquarium World Volume 2 (Hardcover) by Takashi Amano (Author)
http://www.amazon.com/Nature-Aquariu...315280&sr=1-16

Nature Aquarium World: Book 3 (Hardcover) by Takashi Amano (Author)
http://www.amazon.com/Nature-Aquariu...315280&sr=1-18

A Barry James book was my first plant book. It's little but it sure helped me to get started.
A Fishkeeper's Guide to Aquarium Plants: A Superbly Illustrated Guide to Growing Healthy Aquarium Plants, Featuring over 60 Species (Hardcover) by Barry James (Author)
http://www.amazon.com/Fishkeepers-Gu...6324425&sr=1-1

There's many small paperback books published by Barrons that have good info and they are fairly cheap.

I saw this one listed at the AGA site but I haven't looked at it. It look's good.
The Aquarium Plant Handbook
New from Oriental Aquarium, this 185-page full color book is more than double the size of Oriental's two previous "catalogue" books, features new photographs and text descriptions of most aquarium plants, and an introduction by Takashi Amano. A great value for a reference book!
$25 (AGA members)
$30 (non-members)
http://www.aquatic-gardeners.org/bookstore.html

I hope this helps you.

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Make it 4 for Rex's site, and check out the articles here as well.

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http://www.thekrib.com/Plants/

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The only problem with The Krib is a LOT of the information is very outdated and some of it is just plain wrong.
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I have read / own the books by Kasselmann, Walstad, Tepoot, and Amano. Every one of them is worth the money. I particularly like the photography in Tepoot's book (great for id's) and I love just about everything from the Kasselmann book. Walsted's is better for low-tech setups and Amano is great for inspiration.


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nature aquarium world 1, 2, 3 by takashi amano
and THE ADA CATALOUGE 2006 or as i like to call it the tome of infinite inspiration

the good thing about it is it shows you theese beautifull layouts then shows step by step pictures how to make them!
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And if that's not enough - spend a few (minutes/hours/days) browsing through THIS site! http://showcase.aquatic-gardeners.org/2006.cgi


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Some people just want the books to "Hold" and sit by the AC in summer. I have both books and go to different websites.

For books I like

http://www.amazon.com/Aquarium-Plant.../dp/0964505851

and the Amano books look good but have very little info thats transferable to reality. (he bleeds his own stores supplies to sell them).

Jen's idea:
Double that for the Aquatic Gardens site and also here.

http://www.aquabotanic.com/plants_an...filtration.htm

http://www.csd.net/~cgadd/aqua/articles.htm

http://forum.aquatic-gardeners.org/i...ef8db516055e5c

http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/

and of course there's plenty more where these came from...

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For a newbie, as previously mentioned, The Peter Hiscock book is a good picture book to get an idea on the look of plants (Encyclopedia of Aquarium Plants). I also like Oriental's "The Aquarium Plant Handbook" and of course the classic German published Baench Aquarium Atlas. This last book has a huge fish section (700?) and about 100 nice pictures of submersed plants. An old book (1980s) which is out of publication, but a classic for sure and easily found on Amazon/Ebay for around $20..





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The only problem with The Krib is a LOT of the information is very outdated and some of it is just plain wrong.
Agreed.

The calculations of hardness and water chemistry is good, nevertheless. I still think it's good reading to see where you were in the past so you can understand more about the thinking that lead to the errors so you aren't so easily caught by the same trap.

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