Planted Aquariums

Book Facts
Supplemental Articles
Interviews of the Author


Author’s 55 Gallon Aquarium with Plants and Rainbowfish

Ecology of the Planted Aquarium

Fourth Edition (2023). Amazon-printed book (l.) and BTSP-printed book.

by Diana Walstad

  • Fourth Edition (2023)
    • Paperback, 225 pages, 6” X 9” page size
    • readable font size
    • over 50 graphs and plant drawings (B&W)
    • 70 questions and answers
    • hundreds of primary scientific references
    • ISBN 9798987574102 (paperback)

Where to Buy:  Autographed paperback here.  Kindle eBook from Amazon.  Both paperback & eBook versions (ePUB and ePDF) available from  BTSP Distributor   Paperback for USA and Overseas available from Amazon.  (Note:  Amazon’s cover may be different than BTSP’s brown cover, but the material inside is identical for ALL Fourth Edition versions!)


“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

***See for over 1,200 additional reviews of the older 2013 edition. ***


Peek inside the 4th Edition book to see its first 23 pages with title page, table of contents, and first chapter.

Author with Two Shrimp Bowls

Supplemental Articles

Nitrogen Uptake in Aquatic Plants

Small Planted Tanks for Pet Shrimp 

Potted Plants for Fish Breeding Tanks

Mycobacteriosis in Aquarium Fish 

Treating Fish for Camallanus and Other Nematodes

Parasite Surveys of Aquarium Fish 

Flukes and Sick Guppies 

Small Scale Guppy Breeding

Breeding Guppies: Genetic Pitfalls and Successes

Guppy Longevity

Hatching and Growing Brine Shrimp (Artemia)

My 2019 Blue Grass Guppies


Interviews of the Author

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

Audio Interview (2016) at Aquarimax about mycobacteriosis (“Fish TB”)

Author’s Scientific Papers

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