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Author’s 55 Gallon Aquarium with Plants and Rainbowfish


A Practical Manual and Scientific Treatise for the Home Aquarist9780967377360Cropped

by Diana Walstad

• Third Edition (2013)
• 194 pages, 8½” X 11” page size
• over 50 figures and plant drawings
• 46 tables
• 70 questions and answers
• hundreds of scientific references
• ISBN 978-0-9673773-6-0
• Retail: $37.50 (hardcover) and $19.99 (eBook)
Distributor Price: $27.50 (hardcover) and $14.50 (eBook)

Bulk Pricing for Hardcover:  5-9 copies ($24.50 each).   Ten or more copies ($20.50 each).  Shipping extra.  Contact Information on Publisher’s Page


“I am delighted with the tack taken in which you provide scientific information for hobbyists to make sound aquarium management decisions.  I applaud the approach to educate non-scientists about their subjects; too often the scientific laypersons are greatly underestimated.  I was particularly pleased with the book’s total avoidance of ‘gadgets’ that are mostly quite useless.  The book’s ecosystem approach and balance of the system is the only reasonable direction long term.”

—ROBERT G. WETZEL, Professor of Biology and author of Limnology, the foremost reference book on aquatic ecology

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Peek inside the book to see its first 25 pages with color plates, title page, table of contents, first chapter, etc.

2018 Updating of Book (0.5 MB)

For the 11th reprinting, the author updated the lighting section of the book (both hard copy and electronic versions) with four replacement pages. Readers can download those pages here.


Author with Two Shrimp Bowls


Nitrogen Uptake in Aquatic Plants (PDF, 260 KB)

Small Planted Tanks for Pet Shrimp (PDF, 200 KB)

Mycobacteriosis in Aquarium Fish (PDF, 550 KB)

Hatching and Growing Brine Shrimp (PDF, 400 KB)

Treating Fish for Camallanus and Other Nematodes (PDF, 280 KB)

Parasite Surveys of Aquarium Fish (PDF, 1.6 MB)

Flukes and Sick Guppies (PDF, 500 KB)

Small-Scale Guppy Breeding (PDF, 600 KB)

Interview of Diana Walstad (2013),
by aquariss.net about her ‘Natural Planted Tanks’
(Note:  must “ask” Google to translate it from Croatian language)

Audio Interview (2015) at Aquarimax about her progression to natural planted tanks