This is a reference book on inexpensive and low-maintenance aquarium keeping. It offers an in-depth analysis of the role of plants in freshwater aquarium ecology. It shows how to promote vigorous plant growth so that the plants can purify the water, protect fish, and reduce tank maintenance. All information is backed up by scientific references from aquatic botany, limnology, and aquatic chemistry.
Diana Walstad trained as a microbiologist and spent many years conducting medical/biological research at the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) and the National Institute of Environmental Health Science (NIEHS). Her previous book Ecology of the Planted Aquarium (first published in 1999) is well regarded and now in its third edition.