Good plant book; plant ID
> From: pstaeh at aplcomm_jhuapl.edu (Peter Staehling)
> Date: Thu, 27 Apr 1995 13:35:00 -0400
> Subject: Book recommendations, and newbie questions?
> Could someone please recommend a good book to use as a reference on
> aquarium plants?
For plant I.D., the best book, IMHO, is the Dennerle "System for
a Problem Free Aquarium". This is not available in the U.S. except
through the AGA. This is *extremely* well worth the $15 it costs.
Here are all the plant books I am aware of and how I would rate
them for usefulness (1=poor, 5=excellent):
5 The Complete Book of Aquarium Plants. Allgayer, R., Teton, J. (1987)
5 System for a Problem Free Aquarium. Dennerle (1990)
4 Aquarium Atlas. Baensch, H.A., Riehl, R. (1986)
4 Aquarium Atlas, Volume 2. Baensch, H.A., Riehl, R. (1993)
4 A Fishkeeper's Guide to Aquarium Plants. James, B. (1986)
3 Aquarium Plants. Rataj, K., Horeman, T. (1977)
3 Aquarium Plants, Windelov's Tropica Catalogue. (1987)
2 Hobbyist Guide to the Natural Aquarium. Andrews, C. (1991)
2 Water Plants in the Aquarium. Scheurmann, I. (1987)
2 Aquarium Plants Manual. Scheurmann, I. (1993)
2 Picture Encyclopedia of Aquarium Plants. Yamada, H. (1989)
1 Vierke's Aquarium Book. Vierke, J. (1986)
> Also I purchased a plant being sold as a ruffled sword. It looks a lot
> like an a. mad. without the "holes". The areas where the holes would be
> are either concave or convex. It is dark green and rather transluscent.
> The stems and bulb look somewhat like a. mad. to my very untrained eye.
> Does anyone know what it is and what it requires.
I would vote for Aponogeton boivinianus. Beyond good light and CO2,
all this sucker needs is *space*. If you look in the WWW Krib photos,
the Mother of All Plants I am holding is one of these. At the time
it was removed from the 100 g discus tank, it had 59 3 foot long
leaves and 19 flower stalks.