Item description for Today's Essential Guide to Growing Aquarium Plants: The Aquamaster Series (Aquamaster) by Peter Hiscock...
Written by fish keeping experts who have first-hand experience in answering hobbyists questions.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.25" Width: 6" Height: 8.25" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date Sep 25, 2004
Publisher BowTie Press
ISBN 1931993548 ISBN13 9781931993548
Availability 0 units.
More About Peter Hiscock
Peter Hiscock began keeping fish as a child, inspired by his parents, both accomplished marine biologists. He was appointed manager of a retail aquatic outlet at just 17 years of age and went on to complete Aquatic Studies at Sparsholt College in Hampshire, UK. He entered publishing with contributions to the aquatic press and has since written several books.
Peter Hiscock was born in 1957 and has an academic affiliation as follows - The Australian National Univ. Australian National University Australia.
Reviews - What do customers think about Today's Essential Guide to Growing Aquarium Plants: The Aquamaster Series (Aquamaster)?
Excellent Book! Jul 17, 2008
This is an excellent book not only for the high quality of printing and pictures but also for its content. Small enough to be succinct and take you to the point about planting your aquarium step by step, plant's specific info depending on the variety, lighting requirements, nutrition, etc.
Disappointing Dec 4, 2007
Little better than a brief introduction to planted aquaria, this book lacks a lot of basic information someone new to keeping aquatic plants would need. For example, the discussion of lighting talks about the number of lamps, not lumens per inch or even watts per gallon, the latter of which is a very basic rule of thumb for planted tanks. While the author talks about plants for the foreground, background, &c., he makes almost no mention of the different light requirements among plants, thus guaranteeing frustration on the part of the aquarium owner when his bright-light loving plants die from too little.
Great Book May 19, 2007
This is a great plant book for freshwater aquariums. Simply, uncomplicated and great pictures. My boyfriend liked it so much I had to order him one!
Decent Book if you don't already own the Hiscock Encyclopedia Dec 1, 2006
I'm rather ambiguous about this book. If you don't already own some of the other books by the same author, or are looking for a median-priced beginning to your aquarium plants library, this is probably a really good choice. However, I already own the Encylopedia of Aquarium Plants (also by Hiscock) and Creating a Natural Aquarium (Hiscock). I found a lot of the information redundant with the Encyclopedia. On the other hand, it has a lot of the same solid, well-explained information, in a more concise, softcover book. If you don't already own the Encyclopedia, or are looking for an introductory book (perhaps as a gift for someone just getting into the hobby) its an excellent value, and an engaging read. However, if you're already well-versed in the hobby, or own the Encyclopedia, it may not be as useful. I found the other book, Creating a Natural Aquarium much more interesting (I ordered it and the "Essential Guide" at the same time), because it was a very different perspective on aquarium plants, approached from a biotope viewpoint.
But, as an overall, introductory guide, it really is quite good, with easy-to-understand diagrams and very well laid out information.