Aquarium Plants by Pablo Tepoot
(EUROPEAN EDITION) ENGLISH, FRENCH, GERMAN, DUTCH(INTERNATIONAL EDITION) ENGLISH, SPANISH, JAPANESE, CHINESE
Through this brilliant, unparalleled photography, hands-on experience, and detailed research, the author is able to present - in easy to read terms - this well organized and knowledgeable book of aquarium plants.
Armed with the information contained in this book, anyone can become an accomplished plant aquarist.
The variety of plants in this book reflects what is available today. Many new varieties have resulted from grower's interest in sport selection and hybridization.
The correct choice of light, coupled with proper nutrition, will cause your plants to flourish.
The author explains in simple terms, exactly how to set up your tank to accomplish the lush plant growth documented photographically in this book. If you follow the author's formula, you also will be able to grow plants as beautiful as those seen in the 200 brilliant photos of this book.
Amongst the themes treated here are the KISS approach (Keep It Simple Stupid) to setting up and maintaining planted systems. Though it’s not the approach I would take, Pablo covers an "Introduction to Aquarium Plants" including Photosynthesis, Lighting, CO2, Aeration, Temperature, Nutrient and Substrate, Set-up, Water Quality and Chemistry, Algae & Snail Control all in a scant five pages! Though necessarily brief, these topics are well laid out and should be clear to the majority of aquarists.
There follows a few pages describing and contrasting the growth of true aquarium plants grown "outdoors" in Florida versus under optimized aquarium conditions, and a nice few-pages (and fold-out) on the basics of Aquascaping.
The bulk of the book (170 pages) is dedicated to a lavish User’s Guide, detailing gorgeous high-quality photographs of the vast majority of available aquatic plantstocks. Along with a spiffy blown-up medium format pic are the Scientific Name, a note whether the organism is Copper Sensitive, Light Requirements, Aquascaping Placement Icon, Temperature Range, Environment Icon (whether the plant grows submerged or amphibious), pH Range, Distribution, Reproduction/Cultivation Method, and importantly, Information on Hardiness. This data was provided and reviewed by folks in the business of providing and retailing real live plants and is in my opinion, the best (most accurate, significant and meaningful) available.
The ending portion of the User’s Guide is a rogue’s gallery of terrarium and terrestrial plants that continue to shamefully find their way into the pet fish industry. No, these plants don’t live underwater in aquarium conditions, and yes, should be avoided
Lastly there is a scientific and common name index replete with a symbol indicating whether the plant is submerged (s), emerged (e), floating (f) or terrarium (t). And a note of a Literature section rightfully plugging Kasselmanns first edition (1995) of Aquarienpflanzen. My understanding is this worthy tome is due out in English soon.
Is anyone who might seriously be considering whether to try a live plant tank. With the information offered in a simple and straightforward manner here, avoiding non-aquarium plants though they may be found in LFS (Livestock Fish Stores), everyone can be a successful aquarium water gardener. For the more serious, advanced aquatic green thumbers, here is a ready reference for inter-rater agreement in identifying species of plants in use, as well as a starting point for discussion of husbandry notes.