Reference Book on Plants

Discussion in 'Plant Help' started by phantomfisher, 22 Nov 2009.

  1. phantomfisher

    phantomfisher Member

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    I have a couple of small books on aquarium plants but neither goes into much detail. Is there a good reference book out there that provides good illustrations and comprehensive information about individual plants and their needs? :)
     
  2. Dolly Sprint 16v

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    I have heard that is book is good http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Encyclopedia-of-A ... 3357452300.

    I have one and well pleased with it - have a look on ABE books they were the cheapest when I bought mine.
    regards
    Paul.
     
  3. viktorlantos

    viktorlantos Aquascaper

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    Takashi Amano plant book?
    http://www.tropica.com/article.asp?type ... tic&id=562
    i was suprised that Tropica had this on the top of their list. So this should not be bad really.

    Seen this book even this is old still great.
    This is published way back before the ADA era.
     
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    Christel will release an update on this one coming January, containing over 150 new or updated species.
     
  6. George Farmer

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    Excellent! Thanks, Marco.
     
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    I'd agree with George on the Tropica catalogue - it makes a very good reference book :D

    That said, the new Christel Kasselman's book sounds like a good reason to put amazon vouchers on the chirstmas list !!

    [EDIT] just seen the price of that book, better make that alot of amazon vouchers !!!

    Tony
     
  9. dw1305

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    Hi all,
    I'd agree with
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    I'd probably wait for the update to Kasselman, but any book is going to struggle to keep up to date with the range of new plants (not all of them scientifically described) coming into the hobby.

    The other option is that many common aquarium plants, particularly those that thrive with high nutrients are "invasive aliens", so a book like "Macrophytes in Aquatic Ecosystems - from Biology to Management" http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/search?index=books&linkCode=qs&keywords=1402053894 or a website "The Univ. of Florida/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants" http://plants.ifas.ufl.edu/ is well worth a look.

    cheers Darrel
     
  10. phantomfisher

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    Thanks everybody for your recommendations.

    I will probably go with the Encyclopedia of Aquarium Plants by Peter Hiscock to get me up and running then when Christel Kasselman's updated book is available have a look at that. :thumbup:
     
  11. George Farmer

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    I have the said book and personally don't rate it. The methods are out of date (nutrients cause algae, heater cables, siestas etc.) and the plant glossary is very limited.

    In my opinion you'd be better off considering the Tropica catalogue and saving the cash towards Christel's forthcoming release.
     
  12. phantomfisher

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    I have had a look on the Tropica website but cannot find a link to buy the plant booklet you mentioned is it available via the site or is there another supplier? :?
     
  13. Dolly Sprint 16v

    Dolly Sprint 16v Member

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    George is refering to the actual Tropica Catologue

    http://www.e-pages.dk/tropica/4/

    its a bit limited as it only what they produce / sell - does not give details of all tropical plants, but it will help you in your choice of plants

    Regards
    Paul
     

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