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Diana Walstad's Ecology of the Planted Tank



After years of saying I wanted to read this book I finally bought it to read on my iPad. It is a very good book for all of us to read, as long as we don't expect that every single thing she presents in the book is absolutely the last word on the subject. I disagree with her on a few things: allelopathy, for example, and light intensities needed as another example. But, so much of the book is very thorough and well explained I am very pleased that I finally read it.

The effect is that I will probably make my next set-up a hybrid of her method, using natural topsoil, using Excel, using hard water, etc. (I'm just started on figuring out what I want to try.) I think I now better understand some of the problems I have had.

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how much was the e book?
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how much was the e book?
Just check on Amazon. It's 9.99 CDN here.

I have both hard and electronic versions.


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I have a signed hard bound book that I bought in 2006.
VERY informative.
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It is $11.49 at Amazon for US customers. The book doesn't have much in the way of photographs, and not too many other illustrations, so it works well with the iPad. Of course, a real paper book is much easier to use as a reference book.

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Funny i read it a couple years ago...and i was just thinking i should read it again.
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The effect is that I will probably make my next set-up a hybrid of her method, using natural topsoil, using Excel, using hard water, etc. (I'm just started on figuring out what I want to try.) I think I now better understand some of the problems I have had.
The very first dirted tank I set up followed her outlines method "to the T". I wasn't very pleased after six months. Algae appeared and disappeared on its own but eventually, as mentioned in the text, stem plants simply did not flourish like in other low-tech tanks. So, on the next one I modified(basically just Mineralizing the soil, straining more thoroughly)- much better growth but still NOT what I was looking for. Tank #3 I strayed pretty far, MTS, upped the little lighting intensity, started a weak dosing regimen(including glut) and I'm pretty impressed with the results on this one. Still paying attention to and utilizing the basic principles. Dirt tank #4 I'm treating like #3, and have had no algae after two months except diatoms so far. I still use my hardcopy for reference and then try to research and ask questions on the "topic".

Stock lightly and carry a big filter. - I don't have aquariums. I have ecosystems in a glass box. - Hygrophilaholic and hoarder of Anubias.
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Since roughly four years Ive thought Diana above was the same author as that book

If thats not the case, mind=blown.

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Since roughly four years Ive thought Diana above was the same author as that book

If thats not the case, mind=blown.
The Diana above is not Diana Walstad. lol
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The Diana above is not Diana Walstad. lol
Of course not. This is our Diana, carrying a very expensive tank up the stairs:


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how much was the e book?
You can find a PDF on file sharing sites for free...


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Of course not. This is our Diana, carrying a very expensive tank up the stairs:

How cool would an invisible tank be?

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How cool would an invisible tank be?
It would stay invisible for 2 hours, then the biofilm would change it to look like most tanks. Speaking of biofilm, Walstad gives that subject quite a bit of attention. Her explanation about why substrate nutrients are isolated under the substrate surface was very interesting, and counter-intuitive.

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Maybe I'm the lone ranger but I do not care for the book. I have a hard copy. Reads more like a thesis or dissertation to me.
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It would stay invisible for 2 hours, then the biofilm would change it to look like most tanks. Speaking of biofilm, Walstad gives that subject quite a bit of attention. Her explanation about why substrate nutrients are isolated under the substrate surface was very interesting, and counter-intuitive.
At least it would be rimless...

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