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    Aquarium books

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    A: The Complete Book of Aquarium Plants. Allgayer, R. and J. Teton. (1987)
    An: Hobbyist Guide to the Natural Aquarium. Andrews, C. (1991)
    B1: Aquarium Atlas. Baensch, H.A. and R. Riehl. (1986)
    B2: Aquarium Atlas, Volume 2. Baensch, H.A. and R. Riehl. (1993)
    G: Nature and Aquarium. Gesting, B. (1993)
    Jc: Aquarium Plants. Jacobsen, N. (1979)
    Jm: A Fishkeeper's Guide to Aquarium Plants. James, B. (1986)
    M: The Complete Guide to Water Plants. Mühlberg, H. (1982)
    R: Aquarium Plants. Rataj, K. and T. Horeman. (1977)
    S1: Water Plants in the Aquarium. Scheurmann, I. (1987)
    S2: Aquarium Plants Manual. Scheurmann, I. (1993)
    V: Vierke's Aquarium Book. Vierke, J. (1986)
    W: Aquarium Plants. Windelov's Tropica Catalogue (1987)
    Y: Picture Encyclopedia of Aquarium Plants. Yamada, H. (1989)

    I guess I'll be getting those that are actually good, since I've never seen any yet , if you've got any first hand experience in any of the above.

    I already have kasselman's book, tropica's catalogue and oriental's catalogue, so I'm trying to eliminate redundancy as well.

    thanks.

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    Those three books that you have are already good enough, IMO. But if you wish to buy more, no harm doing so.[]

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    Chris,

    Nothing like first hand experience. You can get some of the books at the national libraries. Why not have a first hand look at them?
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    I have Baensch Vol. 1 & 2. Actually comparable with Kasselmann in species coverage, although one suspects some mutual source of information. Ex but definitely worth it both for the plant and fish data and excellent pictures. Also comprehensive algae coverage in vol. 2. Volume 3 covers rarer species.

    Also have Rataj, which is old and the nomenclature not always updated. Won't recommend to newbies; only those who want a supplement.

    James's is probably the best smallish plant book around. Good buy for starting out. Scheurman comes close. Apart from the Tropica, haven't seen the others though. Many could be out of print.

    What I would really like is an English language version of Aqua Planta, the German journal which Kasselmann edited. Also all those primary sources cited by her in the book.

    There is also the updated Dupla guidebook (based on the old Optimum Aquarium) which is available at Aquatechnic ($20-30 i think). Quite nice biotope pictures and plants, with lots of detail on fert, substrate, light, CO2, algae etc from Kaspar Horst's perspective. Better than the Dennerle book IMHO.

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