reading material for plant newbie?!

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AC Members
Aug 15, 2002
BC, Canada
I"ve just recently taken the plunge and decided to try planting one of my tanks.

DOes anyone know of any online reading material that'll help me along, or get me started in the care of teh plants/water etc?

I'm not sure what to do besides, planting them. lol... I want to have a good idea before I go buy anything....


THanks, Decz. :)


AC Members
Dec 23, 2002
Try buying some fish magazines at the local LFS such as the annual Aquarium USA Magazines (covering Salt and Freshwater) and the Aquarium Fish Magazine (I think that's the name) that comes out every month or two.

Also try books from Takashi Amano, or his site at which has a lot of interesting information on nature aquariums, some great pictures, and a lot of good beginner ideas!


Fish?.......What Fish?
Aug 19, 2002
Somerdale, New Jersey USA
The articles at The Krib are excellent and easily anything that Tom Barr(Plantbrain) writes.


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Nov 27, 2002
Austin, TX
Another site with useful info is aquabotanic's library:

Some of the info you find on the web is a bit dated, especially the ideas about heating coils, some articles on PMDD, phosphates as the cause of algae, etc. Take it all with a grain of salt for a while while you research. For instance there have been a million theories on how to fight algae. I think that the ideas Tom Barr has on the matter are very well informed and seem to make the most sense. He posts on many plant related forums including this one, on the APD, and elsewhere.

I would also recommend subscribing to the APD:

Much of what is on about planted tanks came from discussions on that list. Many very knowledgable folks are on that list and interesting topics come up fairly often. If you do not want to subscribe and get more email, I would recommend you at least look at the archives, and do searches on topics you wonder about, as there is a lot of useful info there.