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Anyone here have any good planted tank books to recommend? Is there any books that are list tons of species of plants and good info about each preferably with pics? It would be awesome to have a comprehensive book to read to further knowledge on plants.

Also if there is a book like that but for fish as well.

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I have a copy of the Encyclopedia of Aquarium Plants by Peter Hiscock which I find pretty useful. I like it enough that if I lost it, I would buy it again.

Half of it is filled with info on keeping a planted tank, and the other half details about 250 plant species. Most of the popular ones are in there, but there are things discussed on this site not covered.
 

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Aquarium Plants by Christel Kasselmann is the best plant ID and care book I've ever read. It's loaded with tons of different species and info on all of them. Ecology of the Planted Aquarium by Diana Walstad is excellent too, but it's more of a textbook than anything.

For fish, the Encyclopedia of Exotic Tropical Fishes for Freshwater Aquariums by Glen Axelrod is a great book. A bit expensive, but it's worth it in the long run.
 

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I agree with Adam, the Kasslemann book is the most comprehensive book on species, although it is a little old now and doesn't include many of the newer specialty species you see people selling here... in fact many of those plants aren't in ANY published book. Mary Sweeneys 101 plants is pretty good and has some of the newer plants pictured, but without much info about them.
 

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Burned the nickle for Diana's book Ecology of the Planted Aquarium with no regrets. Although I agree with legomaniac it reads like a college textbook.
Also on the shelf is Encyclopedia of Aquarium Plants by Peter Hiscock which has tons of pictures nearly on every page.

I don't regret the purchase of either of them.
 

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I put this list together a few years ago. You can usually find most of these books at Big Al's and Amazon, but it will pay to shop around at different places. FishBookStore.com has a large selection too. http://fishbookstore.com/

I hope this helps you.

Aquarium Plants (Hardcover) by Christel Kasselmann (Author), Ulf Kotlenga (Translator)
http://www.amazon.com/Aquarium-Plan...0352607?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1176315280&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-Planted-Aquarium-Practical-Scientific/dp/0967377307

Tropica Aquarium Plants Catalogue, Expanded Second Edition (Spiral-bound) by Holger Windelov (Author)
http://www.amazon.com/Aquarium-Plan...352607?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1176315984&sr=1-26

Aquarium Plants: The Practical Guide (Hardcover)
by Pabloo Tepoot (Author), Ian Tepoot (Editor), Judy Leiby (Illustrator)
http://www.amazon.com/Aquarium-Plan...0352607?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1176315280&sr=1-8

Planted Aquariums: Creation and Maintenance (Hardcover)
by Christel Kasselmann (Author)
http://www.amazon.com/Planted-Aquar...0352607?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1176679817&sr=1-5

Encyclopedia of Aquarium Plants (Hardcover) by Peter Hiscock (Author)
http://www.amazon.com/Encyclopedia-...0352607?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1176315280&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-Plan...352607?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1176315280&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-Aquarium-World-Bk-Natural/dp/0793800897

Nature Aquarium World Volume 2 (Hardcover) by Takashi Amano (Author)
http://www.amazon.com/Nature-Aquari...352607?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1176315280&sr=1-16

Nature Aquarium World: Book 3 (Hardcover) by Takashi Amano (Author)
http://www.amazon.com/Nature-Aquari...352607?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1176315280&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-G...0352607?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1176324425&sr=1-1

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

Aquarium Plants Manual by Ines Scherumann: http://www.bigalsonline.com/BigAlsUS/ctl3684/cp18297/si1382330/cl0/barronsaquariumplantsmanual

Plants for Your Aquarium by Wolfgang Gula: http://www.bigalsonline.com/BigAlsUS/ctl3684/cp18297/si1382339/cl0/barronsplantsforyouraquarium

I saw this one listed at the AGA site but I haven't looked at it. It looks 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 "catalog" 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

The Simple Guide to Planted Aquariums (Simple Guide to...) (Paperback) by Terry Ann Barber and Rhonda Wilson
http://www.amazon.com/Simple-Guide-...2209518?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1181398471&sr=1-1

The Natural Aquarium: How to Imitate Nature in Your Home (Hardcover) by S. Yoshino
http://www.bigalsonline.com/BigAlsUS/ctl3684/cp18297/si1381647/cl0/thenaturalaquarium

Barron’s Aquarium Designs Inspired by Nature by Peter Hiscock
http://www.bigalsonline.com/BigAlsU...87/cl0/barronsaquariumdesignsinspiredbynature

The Book of Water Plants
http://www.bigalsonline.com/BigAlsUS/ctl3684/cp18297/si1381317/cl0/thebookofwaterplants
 

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I have a copy of the Encyclopedia of Aquarium Plants by Peter Hiscock which I find pretty useful. I like it enough that if I lost it, I would buy it again.

Half of it is filled with info on keeping a planted tank, and the other half details about 250 plant species. Most of the popular ones are in there, but there are things discussed on this site not covered.
I have to add my 2 cents- I find Peter Hiscock's book inaccurate here and there. Latin names are wrong for some plants and what annoys me the most, a lot of pictures of plant species were taken in emmersed form (look at rotala pictures for example) which is misleading IMO. To be honest, I found many barron's books misleading. I bought a Discus book from them and there are so many mistakes and questionable advices that I regret buying it sometimes.
 

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I have to add my 2 cents- I find Peter Hiscock's book inaccurate here and there. Latin names are wrong for some plants and what annoys me the most, a lot of pictures of plant species were taken in emmersed form (look at rotala pictures for example) which is misleading IMO. To be honest, I found many barron's books misleading. I bought a Discus book from them and there are so many mistakes and questionable advices that I regret buying it sometimes.
Thanks for posting. I wondered if some of the plants were emmersed as the pics looked perfect.
 

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Thanks for posting. I wondered if some of the plants were emmersed as the pics looked perfect.
Yeah, that caught my attention as well. On many pictures leaves are very shiny and you can see they are not submersed.
 

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Holy Jeebus!! Those Amano books are all like $100 or more now!! Now I'll never get book 3... :(
Just wait a bit for some good deals. I managed to pick up Amano's Nature Aquarium World book 2 and 3 for ~$40 each.
 

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For ease of having both fish and plants in the same book, I like Baensch's Aquarium Atlases...rather succinct, but I don't want rambling.
 

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The " aquarium fish handbook" has a couple hundred species of fresh and saltwater fish, along with a brief explaination of each, gender differences, vague breeding info and special care, along with an accurate max size for each. Not really for an advanced hobbyist though... And little mention is given to plants.

I also have "the complete aquarium guide", which plus better for setup and has many species of plants referred to, plus lots of information about setup and such. Not too specific about fish species, but it still takes up half the book with fish pictures.

I like reading books about native plants( aquatic ones).
 
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