Author(s): KASSELMANN, CHRISTEL
This text describes the temperature, water, fertilizer and light needs of more than 300 aquarium plants. Artificial lighting - lamp types, colour temperatures and mounting - is discussed in detail and the author provides advice on choosing the right plants for an aquarium. Ecological factors, flower biology and morphology and reproduction methods receive detailed coverage. The book contains colour photographs with nearly all plants depicted with fully developed submerged foliage. Botanists as well as professional and amateur keepers should find this book useful.
Christel Kasselmann passes on her experience from over 30 plant-collecting expeditions in the tropics. She has made several trips to the Americas to study the growing conditions of species of the genus Echinodorus, which is her specialty. Kasselmann has written over 150 articles and books about water plants and for 20 years she edited the German aquarium plant magazine Aqua Planta.
Aquatic and Marsh Plants in Their Natural Habitats Environmental Factors Seasonal Influences, Vegetation Rhythm, and Types of Waterways Climate Rhythmics Adaptation Characteristics of Aquatic and Marsh Plants Description of Selected Natural Habitats The Importance of Ecological Factors in the Cultivation of Aquarium Plants Aquarium Temperature Light in the Aquarium The Aquarium Substrate Water in the Aquarium Flower Morphology Flower Structure Forms of Inflorescence Flower Biology Pollination by Animals, Wind, Water Flower Biology in Hydrocharitaceae Sexual Propagation of Aquarium Plants Sowing and Growing Cultivation of Aquarium Plants Vegetative Propagation of Aquarium Plants Cuttings Runners Division Bulbils and Brood Tubers Propagation of Certain Floating Plants Propagation by Tissue or Meristem Culture Practical Application of Propagation by Tissue or Meristem Culture The Correct Choice of Aquarium Plants Geniune Aquatic Plants Distinguishing Aquatic and Marsh Plants Fast-Growing Marsh Plants Slow-Growing Marsh Plants Plants Unsuitable for Aquariums The Design of Plant Aquaria Aquarium Plants from A to Z The Aponogeton Genus The Cryptocoryne Genus The Echinodorus Genus The Lagenandra Genus The Vallisneria Genus Family Lemnaceae Newly Introduced Aquarium Plants New Echinodorus Cultivars Appendixes Appendix 1: Temperature Tolerance of Important Aquarium Plants Appendix 2: Light Requirements of Aquarium Plants Appendix 3: Leaf Shapes Appendix 4: Leaf Arrangements Appendix 5: Margin, Apex, Leaf Base Appendix 6: Frequently Used Common Names of Aquarium Plants Glossary Bibliography Index