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  1. Good plant books
    by bhaskar-at-brtph139.bnr.ca (Shaji Bhaskar) (Thu, 18 Jun 1992)
  2. Dennerle book available (English)
    by niels-at-lofgren.demon.co.uk ("Niels M. Sampath") (Mon, 8 Aug 1994)
  3. Good, thorough Plant books???
    by booth-at-lvld.hp.com (George Booth) (23 Nov 1994)
  4. Glossostigma and NZ Native Species
    by clc-at-hdc.hha.dk (CLAUS CHRISTENSEN) (Fri, 16 Jun 1995)
  5. reference books
    by Karen A Randall <krandall-at-world.std.com> (Sat, 13 Apr 1996)
  6. Ordering Aquarienpflanzen
    by Paul Krombholz <krombhol-at-felix.TECLink.Net> ()
  7. Ordering Aquarienpflanzen
    by Paul Krombholz <krombhol-at-felix.TECLink.Net> (Fri, 6 Sep 1996)
  8. Plant Books (long)
    by "James Purchase" <jpurch/interlog.com> (Wed, 6 May 1998)
  9. Identification Book
    by Neil Frank <nfrank/mindspring.com> (Tue, 04 Aug 1998)
  10. Pablo Tepoot. Aquarium Plants, The Practical Guide
    by krandall/world.std.com (Tue, 22 Dec 1998)
  11. Diana Walstad's book
    by Erik Olson <erik/thekrib.com> (Mon, 13 Dec 1999)
  12. Re:books
    by "Robert H" <robertph3/attbi.com> (Tue, 12 Feb 2002)
  13. Tepoot's book and water parameters
    by "James Purchase" <jpurch/interlog.com> (Mon, 17 Jul 2000)
  14. Tepoot's book
    by Merrill <merrill34/home.com> (Tue, 18 Jul 2000)

Good plant books

by bhaskar-at-brtph139.bnr.ca (Shaji Bhaskar)
Date: Thu, 18 Jun 1992

In article <erik.45.708904149-at-marge.phys.washington.edu> (e-mail) (Erik D. Olson) writes:

>I'd like to read up on 
>the plant equivalent to a fish atlas.  Any suggestions, or will I just have 
>to learn on my own?  (For the record, I have _The Optimum Aquarium_ and
>Schullerman's aquarium plant book.  The latter has about 10 pages of plant 
>descriptions which has been somewhat helpful.)

I like Barry James' book "A fishkeeper's guide to aquarium plants"
(Tetra Press).  It is well organized.  The first part of the book
provides general information on plant care.  The second part is a
catalog of plants.  Lots of color photographs, usually right next to
the descriptions of the plants.  Information on the requirements of
each plant is given, although I am not convinced all of it is
accurate.

Another book I find good is "The hobbyist guide to the natural aquarium"
by Gerhard Bruenner (also Tetra Press).  Not as good as Barry James', 
but I got it for free.  It is mainly a catalog of plants and their 
requirements and contains plugs for Tetra products.

Rataj's book is extensive, but very badly organized.  There are only a few
color pictures.  It is also a little outdated.

- Shaji


-- 
Shaji Bhaskar                                   Email: bhaskar-at-bnr.ca


Dennerle book available (English)

by niels-at-lofgren.demon.co.uk ("Niels M. Sampath")
Date: Mon, 8 Aug 1994
Newsgroup: sci.aquaria,rec.aquaria

Folks,

I realize a lot of you would like to have more than just Dupla's Optimum
Aquarium in your library re: `system' plamt tanks. Well, Dennerle, Dupla's
competitor in Germany, has a similiar book (tho it actually makes a good
supplement to `The Optimum...'.  For those of you that don't have it 
IMHO I would get the Dupla book first). I realize that there is no 
Dennerle importer in the States. FWIW there is now no Dupla importer in 
England!

I've phoned a UK Dennerle stockist  and he says they are willing to
send the Dennerle plant tank system book across the Pond.
Here are the details:

`System for a Problem-Free Aquarium'
130-page colour softbound book on plants and (Dennerle) accessories.
(Note that Dennerle, unlike Dupla, electrical accessories are NOT made
for North American voltages,  but the book has many ideas which can be 
adapted to other manufacturer's or home-made equipment.)  Of course,
if you know how to step-up your voltage/freq. to European levels you 
could use Dennerle....)

Cost of book: 5 Brit. Pounds (regular price 9 Pounds)
cost of air postage... roughly   another 5 Pounds
total price.... about 15-16 US $ (gets converted automatically on
your credit card statement)

~From:
        -Hobby-Fish Farm
        -Towcester Rd.
        -Old STratford, Milton Keynes
        -MK19 6BD
        -England

phone (UK)908 543330 (note UK is EDT + 5 hours)
fax   (UK)908 542149

They take VISA , Mastercard

Disclaimer: I am just another customer, that's all.

-- 


Niels M. Sampath      Internet: niels-at-lofgren.demon.co.uk
Oxford UK             CompuServe: 100020.2050-at-CompuServe.com
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Good, thorough Plant books???

by booth-at-lvld.hp.com (George Booth)
Date: 23 Nov 1994
Newsgroup: sci.aquaria

A Aronson (aaronson-at-aol.com) wrote:
> Can anyone reccomend any real good freshwater aquarium plant referance
> books?  I am starting to enjoy my plants more than my fish...dangerous.

       Plant basics
       ------------
       Aquatic Plants; Hobbyist Guide to the Natural Aquarium
       Aquarium Digest International #45
       Andrews, C.
       Tetra Press
       
       Hobbyist Guide to the Natural Aquarium
       Andrews, C. 
       1991, Tetra Press
       
       A Fishkeeper's Guide to Aquarium Plants 
       James, B.  
       1986, Salamander Books Ltd., London.
       
       Water Plants in the Aquarium
       Scheurmann, I.
       1987, Barron's Educational Services
       
       The Complete Book of Aquarium Plants 
       Allgayer, R., and Teton, J. 
       1987, Ward Lock Limited, London.
       
       
       
       Plant Identification and Culturing
       ----------------------------------
       
       Aquarium Plants, their identification, cultivation and ecology
       Rataj, K., and Horeman, T.
       1977, T.F.H. Publications, Inc. Ltd.
       
       
       
       Technical Setup, Equipment and Maintenance
       ------------------------------------------
       
       The Optimum Aquarium 
       Horst, K., and Kipper, H. 
       1986, AD aquadocumenta Verlag GmbH.
       
       
       
       General Fish and Plants
       -----------------------
       
       Aquarium Atlas 
       Riehl, R., and Baensch, H.A.
       1987, Tetra Press.
       
       Vierke's Aquarium Book, the Way the German's Do It
       Vierke, J. 
       1986, T.F.H. Publications, Inc. Ltd.
       
       
       Water Chemistry
       ---------------
       
       Water Chemistry and Fish Diseases
       Aquarium Digest International #49
       Andrews, C.
       Tetra Press
       
       Water Chemistry in Closed System Aquariums, Vol 1
       Gianascol, A.J. 
       1987  
       
       Water Chemistry in Closed System Aquariums, Vol 2
       Gianascol, A.J. 
       1992
       
       
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George Booth                         "Nothing in the world is more dangerous 
booth-at-hplvec.lvld.hp.com             than sincere ignorance and conscientious 
Freshwater Plant Tank Technology     stupidity" - Martin Luther King, Jr. 
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Glossostigma and NZ Native Species

by clc-at-hdc.hha.dk (CLAUS CHRISTENSEN)
Date: Fri, 16 Jun 1995

Subject: Glossostigma and NZ Native Species

Len Trigg write i a mail:

> It also turns out that he presented a paper "New Zealand Native
> Plants For Use In Aquariums And Ponds" at the recent Aquarama in
> Singapore.  He's sent me an electronic copy .....

I was on the Aquarama exhibition in Singapore and was there when
Jon Clayton hold his speech about NZ Native Plants!
It was very interesting! And I am sure that we in the future will
see more aquarium plants with origin of NZ!

And John Clayton write have together with another man person written
a book about New Zeeland's water plants! It is a wonderful book.
I contains a lot of color photo and many of them is underwater
photos from the different biotopes!
For an NZ-Aquarists is it there have interest in water plants
it is "The BOOK"!

..      New Zealand Waterplants
..      B.T Coffey and J.S. Clayton
..      Hamilton: Ruakura Agricultural Centre, 1988
..      ISBN 0-477-08004-9

Len Trigg!!! If you have John Clayton's e-mail-address I will
be happy to have it! Send him also my best regards - I had a good
talk with him at Aquarama Singapore!

Claus Christensen

(Tropica Aquarium Plants, Denmark)

CLC-at-HDC.HHA.DK 


reference books

by Karen A Randall <krandall-at-world.std.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Apr 1996

Hi Gerard,

> I read also the APD. More than once I read about plant names (fa
> :-( ) I cannot find in any book.
> Is it possible we agree about one (or a few) book(s) (I also can
> hands on in The Netherlands) we can use as reference? Maybe it i
> enough to use "scientific" names (although about them there is s
> discussion sometimes; that's why I propose a reference book).
 
> The books I have:
> Dennerle (at least in German (wich I gave away ;-) ); and also i
> be in Enlish too).
> Christel Kasselmann (in German); ISBN 3-8001-7298-4 Ulmer 1995 
> (The optimum aquarium (a "Dupla" book); this is _not realy_ a aq

>From what I've heard from Claus Christensen, the Kasselmann book 
is by far the best book currently available.  Unfortunately, it is 
not available in English, (at least not yet) which limits its 
usefulness to us English speaking folk!  IMO, the next best 
reference is the Baensch Atlases #1-3. 

I have both of the other books you mention, but althopugh the 
photos used in the Dennerle book are very good quality, the 
selection is limited. (it is, after all, a catalog)  The Optimum 
Aquarium is a very interesting and useful book, but contains very 
little in the way of identification.

Karen Randall
Aquatic Gardeners Assoc.
Boston, MA

Ordering Aquarienpflanzen

by Paul Krombholz <krombhol-at-felix.TECLink.Net>

Hi, Erik,

Just in case there are others like me who heard about Aquarienpflanzen 
and were hot to get it, but found that the local book stores didn't have 
it in their "books in print" databases, it can be ordered online through 
International Book Import Service, http://www.ibiservice.com/ibis/   

Neil Frank suggested I try IBIS, and I have ordered the book from them 
for about $54.00 on a credit card, and am eagerly waiting its arrival. 

I thought this information might be useful somewhere, either on the AGA 
page or in one of the FAQs.  

Hope you get your disk problem solved soon,

Ordering Aquarienpflanzen

by Paul Krombholz <krombhol-at-felix.TECLink.Net>
Date: Fri, 6 Sep 1996

>On Thu, 5 Sep 1996, Paul Krombholz wrote:
>
>> Hi, Erik,
>>
>> Just in case there are others like me who heard about Aquarienpflanzen
>> and were hot to get it, but found that the local book stores didn't have
>> it in their "books in print" databases, it can be ordered online through
>> International Book Import Service, http://www.ibiservice.com/ibis/
>
>I missed this one!  Which book is this?

I copied the following from Tropica's web page,  http://www.tropica.dk/book1.htm

Aquarienpflanzen
by Christel
Kasselmann


1995 Eugen Ulmer GmbH, Stuttgart.  Book from the "DATZ-Atlantic" series.
ISBN 3 - 8001 - 7298 - 4.  Language: German 472 pages including 494 colour
photos. Price: 78 DEM.

It has arrived - "the BOOK" about aquarium plants! The first 48 pages
describe the water plants' natural biotops including photographs,
interesting observations and water analyses from 12 different plant
biotops. The following 16 pages explain about the aquarium plants' general
demands on temperature, light, water, nourishment etc. Some pages
describing the propagation of the aquarium plants are included as well.

Aquarium plants from A to Z! However, the main section that covers 350
pages describes more than 300 aquarium plants separately. Information about
scientific names, name of person who indentified the specimen, meaning of
name, extension is useful. A brief but exact description of each specimen,
growth and demands on water conditions is given as well.

All these plant portraits are the result of an absolutely unique adaption
of available literature. Nevertheless these portraits have been
supplemented by data from the authors own studies. The book contains 494
colour photographs of very high quality. Nearly all the plants are depicted
with full-grown submerge leaves.
 Christel Kasselmann has succeeded in producing a book that can be
described as a perfect mixture of natural knowledge, experience based on
expeditions to the natural biotops and years of intensive and enthusiastic
studying of relevant literature. This book has been meticulously put
together with classic German care and attention to detail.

In releasing this book, Christel Kasselmann has cemented her position as
one of the worlds' leading amateur scientists. It is to be hoped that this
book will soon be translated into English so that it becomes the
international reference source that it deserves to be. An indispensable
book for aquarium keepers as well as water plant botanists.

The author Christel Kasselmann has been internationally known for years as
the very competent editor of the German aquarium plant magazine "Aqua
Planta". In addition she has written innumerable articles about water
plants ! Christel passes on her experience from approximately 25
expeditions to the tropics.




>> Hope you get your disk problem solved soon,
>
>We're hoping for a FULL temp solution (ie, all pages up) tomorrow, with a
>permanent solution in 2-4 weeks.

Thanks for the good news!

Paul Krombholz                  Tougaloo College, Tougaloo, MS  39174
In much cooler Mississippi.



Plant Books (long)

by "James Purchase" <jpurch/interlog.com>
Date: Wed, 6 May 1998

Hi Everyone,

Alysoun McLaughlin was asking, in APD V3 #248, about recommended books.

> However, now that I have gotten involved with my fish and plants
> hobby more
> seriously, I need some remedial help.  I really do WANT to understand some
> of these discussions...
>
> Serious hobbyist books aren't available at my LFS (I guess they
> don't sell),
> and the best I've been able to find are the cheap books from Tetra and
> Barron's.  And since I can't peruse the various books available
> online, I'll
> have to go on the basis of a recommendation.
>
> Can anyone recommend a comprehensive, detailed book or set of books?

First of all, don't automatically discount the "cheap" books from Tetra and
Barrons. Both companies have produced some of the best aquarium related
literature to ever hit a bookshelf. It all depends on the author writing the
book.

Here's a list of what I think might be a good list of required books for
plant growers (in no particular order):

1. Windelov's Tropica Catalogue Aquarium Plants, text by Jiri Stodola,
published by TFH 1987 (ISBN 0-86622-289-8) - Absolutely beautiful
illustrations.
2. Water Plants in the Aquarium, A Complete Owner's Manual, Ines Scheurmann,
published by Barron's 1987 (ISBN 0-8120-3926-2)
3. Aquarium Plants Manual, Ines Scheurman, published by Barron's (year ?)
(ISBN 0-8120-1687-4)
- - Both of the Scheurmann volumes are dirt cheap and excellent.
4. A Fishkeeper's Guide to Aquarium Plants, Barry James, published by Tetra
Press (Salamander Books 1986) (ISBN 3-923880-57-X). Another book well worth
having.
5. The Complete Book of Aquarium Plants, Robert Allgayer and Jacques Teton,
published by Ward Locke Limited 1987 (originally published in French in 1986
as Plantes et Decors d'Aquarium) (ISBN 0-7063-6614-X). Another excellent
over-all plant book.
6. Dennerle Nature Aquaristic System for a Problem-Free Aquarium, published
by Dennerle (year ?) (ISBN - ? I can't find one) This is more a catalogue by
a European company specialising in Dutch Style plant aquariums but it has
great photos of plants.
7. Aquarium Plants, their identification, cultivation, and ecology, Dr.
Karel Rataj and Thomas J. Horeman, published by TFH 1977 (ISBN
0-87666-455-9) Here for completeness, it is poorly organized and way out of
date. I don't trust it very much.
8. The Optimum Aquarium, Kaspar Horst and Horst E. Kipper, published by Aqua
Documenta 1986 (English translation done, quite poorly, by Albert J. Thiel)
(ISBN 3-925916-02-4) George Booth's Bible, this is the official Dupla
manual. Sadly, out of print. If you must, buy the video.
9. The Natural Aquarium - How to Imitate Nature in Your Home, Satoshi
Yoshino and Doshin Kobayashi, published by TFH 1993 (originally published in
Japan as Aquatic Scene) (ISBN 0-86622-629-X) One look at the quality of the
photographic reproductions in this book will tell you why Herbert R. Axelrod
ruled the aquarium trade for years. They are magnificient. Highly
recommended.
10. Nature Aquarium World, Takashi Amano, published by TFH 1992 (ISBN
0-7938-0089-7)
11. Nature Aquarium World, Book 2, Takashi Amano, published by TFH 1994
(ISBN 0-7938-2077-4)
12. Nature Aquarium World, Book 3, Takashi Amano, published by TFH 1994
(ISBN 0-7938-2078-2)
- - These are books I would like to be buried with - Amano is an artist both
with his aquariums and with his photography. TFH did a another magnificient
job with the color reproductions in these three volumes. Sketchy on
technical details, but worth it for the inspiration provided by the
photographs. I am in awe, quite literally.

There may be others, my library is not yet complete (is anyone's?).
Certainly you can find some plant info in general aquarium books, but these
are the main plant books which should form the backbone of any aquatic
gardner's library.

As for the subject of water chemistry - don't trust the books. There is more
confusion and just plain false information concerning water chemistry in the
above list of plant books than I care to discuss. I have learned more about
water chemistry from this list than I ever did from the aquarium literature.
Be especially leery of explanations of Water Hardness and Alkalinity in most
plant books - a lot of authors get the two terms totally confused. This list
has some excellent chemists on it - check the archives.

Hope this helps.

James Purchase
jpurch-at-interlog.com




Identification Book

by Neil Frank <nfrank/mindspring.com>
Date: Tue, 04 Aug 1998

>From: krandall-at-world.std.com
>The best ID source is not available in English yet, although it's still
>worthwhile if you're serious about aquatic gardening.  That is Christel
>Kasselmann's "Aquarien Pfanzen".  Tropica's new catalog is an excellent
>English language source of information, and should be available soon both
>on their web site and also to members of AGA through the AGA.  

For ID purposes, I highly recommend the brand new book by Pablo Tepoot -
"Aquarium Plants, The Practical Guide."	It is the fourth book in his
aquarium series (earlier books were on cichlids and marine fish). It has
some of the BEST, most realistic pictures of individual aquarium plants
that I have ever seen. They are so vivid and true to life that they
literally jump off the page. The detail of each and every picture is
unbelievable. 

The Practical Guide is designed to be a photo album with minimal text. This
large format (8 1/2" x 11 1/2") 216 page book successfully catalogues over
300 species which are presented in 344 individual pictures, mostly 2 per
page. It essentially covers almost every plant currently available in the
aquarium trade plus more. The nomenclature appears to be up to date, and
consistent with the current names used in Europe.

It has many more and larger size photographs of submerged plants than the
Kasselmann book and shows much more detail of individual plants than Amano.

Pablo has strived to present most of his aquatic plants as they will grow
underwater in an aquarium. Moreover, he identifies each and every plant
picture as either a submersed or emersed grown specimen. This may be the
first book to consistently do this! For an interesting and educational side
by side comparison, he also includes several photographs of an emersed
plant placed next to its submersed version. Finally, his pictures depict
plants that have been growing under water for a reasonable amount of time
and whose appearance is natural for aquarium plants.

The text in my "European Edition" is cleverly provided in four languages:
English, French, German and Dutch. I supposed one can say five, if the
Latin used for plant names is also included. At the suggested retail price
of $49.00, this book can easily become the aquarium plant identification
guide for every shop owner and the "I want the plant on page X" plant book
for every hobbyist. 

I understand that it is currently available mail order. I know one of the
book's 3 main distributors and am talking to him about getting a discount
for members of the AGA. We will let you know if this is possible. 

Although I am very positive about the book and highly recommend that every
aquatic gardener acquire a copy, I must give the book a mixed review.  I
have several significant problems with some of the text. I have outlined my
detailed comments in an article which will soon appear in TAG and FAMA
magazines.

- --Neil Frank, AGA	


Pablo Tepoot. Aquarium Plants, The Practical Guide

by krandall/world.std.com
Date: Tue, 22 Dec 1998

>Has anyone read the book "Aquarium Plants, the Practical Guide" by Pablo
Tepoot? 
>Arizona Aquatic Gardeners is offering this book for $42 US and I was
wondering if it
>was a good book or not.  I searched the archives and the gist was, Good
picture and
>id book, poor text.  Just wandering if anyone since those postings has
read it.

IMO, it's a lot of money for very little value.  If you're a fanatic (like
me<g>) who feels they must own every book ever written about aquarium
plants, then you'll want to add it to your collection.  

If you're looking for serious information on growing plants, you won't find
it here.  The actual English text is shorter than a lot of the better
magazine articles on growing plants.  If you're looking for an ID source,
it's OK, but there are some errors, and you'll get more information for
less money from either the Tropica Catalog, Oriental Aquarium Catalog or
the Dennerle Catalog.  Any of the three are about 1/3rd the cost.

I was also disappointed to see that all the pretty "photos" are actually
computer generated composits, not actual tank set ups.  Even the fish have
been dropped in in some pictures.

Karen Randall
Aquatic Gardeners Association


Diana Walstad's book

by Erik Olson <erik/thekrib.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Dec 1999

On Mon, 13 Dec 1999, David Whittaker wrote:

> Diana Walstad has just published a book specifically geared
> to the aquarium hobbyist attempting to maintain a planted
> tank. I haven't read it yet. She has a web site at
> http://www.atlasbooks.com/marktplc/00388.htm

I got a copy of this from Diana; haven't yet had time to sit down and read
& review it seriously, but from first scan it reads as a feature-length
version of much of what she's written in _The Aquatic Gardener_ during
this decade (there are even reprints of her Q&A columns interspersed with
the new material). Beginners may be put off by some of the detail, which
oftentimes to me goes beyond the hobbyist level & ventures into "real"
plant research.  On the other hand, she actually bothers to experiment
some topics that fall under the "old wives tales we accept as fact'"
section of our hobby, and presents the results for us.  People who bother
to do this get a big thumbs up from me (George Booth, Ron Wozniak, Shawn
Keslar and others come to mind recently in this forum).  Diana actually
compared measurable plant growth with several different lighting
combinations.  Cool.

This is definitely not a plant species ID or picture book.  Most of
the drawings are from the University of Florida public archives and seem
like they're there just to offset the huge amount of text and graphs.  I
think this is a good thing, it makes this book completely different from
anything else out there.

Most of the people who are regulars here will want a copy of this book.
Beginners who are interested in some of the science and aren't scared of
things like graphs will like it too & can use some of the info to leapfrog
some of the startup issues we encounter.  Beginners who want a cookbook
for how to set up their planted tank should probably look elsewhere.

  - Erik

(Wow, was that a review?  That'd be MY first!)

- -- 
Erik Olson
erik at thekrib dot com


Re:books

by "Robert H" <robertph3/attbi.com>
Date: Tue, 12 Feb 2002

>>I'd like to get some feedback on books regarding planted aquariums.  What
do
you folks recommend for planted aquarium related books?  Looks like there is
more than a few to choose from!  Pretty pictures are great, but I do want
something that will give me some direction as well.<<

System for a problem-free aquarium -
Published by Dennerle Nature Aquaristic. It is a plant encyclopedia with 185
aquarium plants, 15 floating plants, 25 decorative plants, 15 aquascapes
with planting layouts.
Basically their plant catalog with brief info on each plant.

Aquarium Plants Manual by Ines Scheurmann
Thia book has been around for a few years now, but is still one of the best
for info on most of the common plant species as well as info on plant care.

A Practical Guide to Choosing your Aquarium Plants
by Peter Hiscock

A good beginner book that talks about substrates and lighting and groups
plants together by foreground, middleground, background, and speciman. Lots
of pictures.

Aquarium Style
Imaginative Ideas for Creating Dream Homes for Fish by
Matthew Christian
Here are innovative ways to bring out an aquarium's natural beauty and make
it the centerpiece of the home. At the heart of this volume are detailed
instructions for creating thirty different stunning aquarium design themes.
For instance, the "Transparent" theme uses glass beads instead of gravel,
incorporates bottles of different shapes as fish shelters, and suggests
stocking the tank with semi-transparent glassfish and glow light tetras.
Other decorative schemes include a "Zen Garden," a "Rocky Mountain" look, a
tropical jungle-like "Color Frenzy" theme, and others. More than 200
full-color illustrations include photos of finished aquariums, detail photos
of fish and plants, and diagrams of the aquarium plans. General advice
includes basic instructions on correct heating, lighting, filtration, and
airflow features. Live plants are also discussed, both as ornamental
features and retreats for the fish.  OK...I quoted this from the publisher!

Plants for your Aquarium by
Wolfgang Gula
Detailed aquascape designs, and info on plant care and specie info. Beginner
level.

A Fishkeepers Guide to Aquarium Plants by Barry James, simular format to
that of The Aquarium Plants Manual, but with a few different plant species.
Formerly published by Tetra, but Tetra dropped all their Fishkeepers guide
series books, it is now available from another publisher.

Aquarium Plants The Practical Guide by Pablo Tepoot
More of a picture book, but has basic info on many plant species. The
forward is written by the CEO of Florida Aquatic Nurseries, who provied many
of the pictures either directly or through their partners. Several rare
cultivars are shown.

Robert Paul Hudson
http://www.aquabotanic.com


Tepoot's book and water parameters

by "James Purchase" <jpurch/interlog.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Jul 2000

Merrill wrote, regarding the water parameters given in Tepoot's book:
"This book was written in conjunction with Florida Aquatic Nurseries and
the water values given is what they grow most of their aquatic plant in.
I don't, personally, find it to be a great book, but it's better than
nothing.  Florida Aquatic Nurseries grow gorgeous plants so they have
adapted plants to their water."

So, is what you are saying is that the Tepoot book is not giving the water
parameters the plants would normally be found growing in naturally, but
those to which they are adaptable to in cultivation?

i.e. - in nature, a plant might be found growing best in soft, acidic water
but since Florida Aquatic Nurseries grows it in medium hard, neutral pH
water, these are the water conditions listed in the book.

Do I have this correct?

James Purchase
Toronto


Tepoot's book

by Merrill <merrill34/home.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Jul 2000

James Purchase wrote:

So, is what you are saying is that the Tepoot book is not giving the
water
parameters the plants would normally be found growing in naturally, but
those to which they are adaptable to in cultivation?

i.e. - in nature, a plant might be found growing best in soft, acidic
water
but since Florida Aquatic Nurseries grows it in medium hard, neutral pH
water, these are the water conditions listed in the book.

Do I have this correct?

James,

The answer is YES!  Most, if not all, of the photographs are from the
FAN farm just as they sell the plants.  They are giving the parameters
under which they are grown, not originally found.  I believe that
Tropica can give information on conditions at the source, but they
probably try to adapt them to a "neutral" condition for production.

Merrill


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