Encyclopedia of Aquarium Plants

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A complete guide to more than 150 popular aquarium plants
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Pages: 208

List price: $26.95

Publisher: Barron's

Year published: 2003

ISBN: 0764155210

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This heavily illustrated volume will prove a blessing to every aquarium hobbyist who has had to settle for superficial plant descriptions in general fish-keeping books. It presents a detailed A-to-Z directory covering hundreds of aquarium plants with high quality color photos and succinct profiles of each plant. Information includes the plant’s common name, botanical designation, growth cycle, and general description. The book’s additional sections offer details on how to grow and propagate aquatic plants, and how to protect them from parasites and other problems. This handsome volume features approximately 450 color photos and illustrations.


  • The natural biology of plants
  • Water quality and filtration
  • Choosing substrates
  • Selecting plants
  • Planting techniques
  • Lighting
  • Feeding
  • Propagation
  • Essential maintenance
  • Aquascaping
  • Populating with fish


"The best introductory planted aquarium manual in existence. Covers most commonly available plants, their care, and their uses. Not much here on design or aesthetics, but then the author never intended to address these issues. — Philip C. Jones (Iowa City, Iowa), Amazon Reviews